Condolences for Gene Louis Travis

Sara Lewin Hurwitz posted on 10/7/19

We are so sorry about Gene’s passing. Our wonderful canoe trips and adventures together remain among our most treasured memories. I shall pass the news on to our son Craig. Please extend our sympathies to Michael and David. Love, Sara and Harvey


Joan Jach posted on 7/20/19

My condolences to Diane, David, and family members I have not met in person, but I feel that I know some of you through Gene. I have just learned of Gene's death today. I have only known Gene for a few years here in Wilmington, and we share a love for poetry. Gene is one of the sweetest, kindest, and best people I have met, and he has made an impact in my life with his genuine personality. I will miss meeting him for an occasional cup of coffee and conversation at PCJ. He was always positive and very dear, and I know that he loved his family and friends deeply. It was my honor to have been his poetry buddy.


Joyce Koyner posted on 6/22/19

Dear Diane We have so many happy memories of all the fun we had together in Ossining with you and Gene - the movies, dinners, Shakespeare in Boscobel, concerts at Caramoor, celebrating New Year's Eves together,and just enjoying being together. We admired Gene so much for his optimism, and ready smile despite having to cope with a very difficult and devastating illness. You and David took such good care of Gene throughout his illness. Our deepest condolences and sincere sympathy to you and David, Michael, Julie, and Jackson. Love, Joyce & Burt


Nicole Gilpin posted on 6/21/19

To Diane, Michael, Julie, Jackson, and David: I am so very deeply sorry for your loss. You, more than anyone else could, knew how wonderful a human being Gene was. I pray that the memories you have, and all the incredible words he wrote, provide some solace during this difficult time. My thoughts are with you all, and I thank you allowing me to part of Gene’s life, and your lives, for a time. Sending you all immeasurable love and comfort, Nicole (and Adam)


Nicole Gilpin posted on 6/21/19

Rest In Peace, dear friend. I wish I could have laughed with you one last time. I still have the note in my phone full of the witticisms we would use to banter back and forth. I have fond memories of all the times you made me smile. You could always cheer me up when I was so far down, and you often reminded me of my worth at a time when I didn’t feel it. You were a poetic inspiration, a true wordsmith and artist. And you were truly a great friend. Yours was a life well-lived, Gene Travis, and I feel infinitely blessed to have been able to call you my friend.


Britt Simons posted on 6/21/19

I loved Mr. Travis from the first week I met him. His warm demeanor drew me in from the start. He really connected with people, not one for superficialities. His can-do attitude is unmatched and unforgettable. You always think there’s more time to connect until there isn’t and wish I got to say goodbye, but I learned from him to skip the smile and nod, and get to know someones “style,”. Big love to Mrs. Travis, David, Michael, Julie, and Jackson.


April posted on 6/21/19

I send my deepest condolences for you and your family. Having lost someone is a difficult moment of life. May God provide you the strength you need to cope with this difficult situation. At Acts 24:15 and John 5:28, 29 the Bible promises a future hope of seeing our loved ones again very soon. Psalm 37 :9-11 and 29 brings out where we will be able to be with them again!To learn more visit My deepest sympathies


Michael and Christine B posted on 6/20/19

Gene loved his breakfast at Cracker Barrell, his lunch at Double Happiness and his dinner at Tandoori Bites. I say this as evidence that Gene knew what he liked. And, of course, don't let us forget, there were his daily visits to Port City Java, where he told me, stimulated his thoughts on his writings. He, so successfully, embraced his passion for writing and poetry. Christine and I always enjoyed sharing meals together and the interesting conversations with both Gene and Diane. Many times Olivia (our dog) and I would drop by his home and say hi. He would be scouring his tablet for the latest news, or to enhance his understanding of a particular subject. He saw his illness as a challenge, he faced every day. One always had a sense of his courage, strength and determination through it all. It was our gift to have known him and our thoughts to Diane, David, Michael, Julie and the Travis family


Minister D posted on 6/20/19

I am so sorry for your loss, Loosing a loved one is traumatic and very difficult. However Jesus said at John 5:28, 29 “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out,. . .” We so look forward to that. My Sincere condolences. Minister D


Scott Buitekant posted on 6/20/19

I grew up across the street from the Travis family. Mike and I have been best of friends since we were 5 years old. I spent lots of time in their home growing up. Gene Travis was always a kind man who made me feel welcomed. He had a friendly laugh and an overall extremely pleasant manner about him. We got to bond over sports since Mike and I participated in athletics together from daily backyard games to organized high school teams. We carpooled together to school for a period of time and he was nice enough to drive out of the way to pick up my girlfriend at the time (who eventually became my wife) in that cool black car he used to drive. I was always impressed when I'd see him out for a run even when it was really hot and humid outside. He was a good friend to my father as well. I used to tell Mike that Gene was either just a really nice guy or a comic genius (I think he was both) the way he'd roll with my father's unique sense of humor. He'll be missed. I am sure he was comforted by the love and caregiving Mike and the Travis family provided. Our sincere condolences. Love, Scott & Betsy Buitekant


Faye and David posted on 6/20/19

Words can not express our admiration for Gene and his remarkable struggle in light of this awful illness that took so much from him. He never ever let us know how terrible it was for him. Instead he grew as a poet, he continued to be kind to and care about others, and inspire us all. He will always be in our hearts and memories. We add our love and condolences to you - Diane, Mike, Julie, and David.


Bette Slutsky posted on 6/19/19

Diane, Thank goodness for all the wonderful memories we have of our many cross country and canoeing adventures! We still smile when we see all the pictures of us laughing in out matching tee shirts! We hope that you, Michael, Julie, Jackson and David can smile again soon while remembering the kind and wonderful man we all called Gene. Much love, Bette and Gary


Ann & Dick Smith posted on 6/19/19

Gene was an important part of our lives for so many years and we have many wonderful memories canoeing, cross country skiing, and just sharing all the good times. Our thoughts are with Diane, Michael, David Julie and Jackson and we share your loss.


Mike & Sheila Buitekant posted on 6/19/19

I consider Gene one of my longest- known and best friends. We had some very good times together until your move. Diane, Mike and David please accept our sincerest condolences on your loss. Gene will be sorely missed. I attempted to make arrangements to come down for the funeral. However, I have been unsuccessful... All the best to the family. Love, Mike and Sheila


Ellen Greene posted on 6/19/19

Remembering Gene - for over 55 years - makes it difficult to list all the wonderful memories but there is one instance that still puts a big smile on my face. Diane and I would usually go shopping while Gene would run. One time when Gene was in the hospital we went to his room to put on a fashion show of everything we bought. We had Gene laughing so hard he threw us out for fear he’d bust his stitches! One of my most treasured pieces is an ink drawing Gene did of Fire Island - another chapter in our lives. He was a wonderful artist. Of course we’ll all miss him but memories do bring smiles.


Phyllis D posted on 6/19/19

He will swallow up death forever. And the Sovereign Lord Jah will wipe away the tears from all faces. The reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for God himself has spoken it, Isaiah 25:8. May you be comforted by God's promise of a new heavens and new earth and the fulfillment of his promise to restore life to all who he remembers, Acts 24:15, 2 Peter 3:13, Psalms 37:11, 29, 34. I am deeply sorry for your loss.


Connie Gilmore posted on 6/19/19

So sorry for your loss — the death of the family patriarch really brings home one’s own mortality. May God be with you all. Sincerely, Connie


Ellen and Jack Freeman posted on 6/18/19

Sorry to hear of your loss...rembering the good times at OHS.our sincere condolances to Diane and family...Michael we hold a special place for you and your family. We remember the good times at OHS..our sincere condolences to Diane and her family...Michael, you hold a special place in our hearts.


Richard Wishnie posted on 6/18/19

We are so sorry to learn of Gene’s passing and send our sincere sympathy to Diane, Michael, Julie, David and the rest of the family. Gene was a good and decent man as well as a wonderful friend to me, Marilyn and our family. For many years he struggled with a debilitating disease that impacted his life as well as Diane and his children. The family rallied in support of Gene. Michael, Julie, David and Diane were amazing caregivers and did all they could to make the best of a difficult journey. Gene is now at peace and we hope that the memories of the good times will help comfort Gene’s loving family. Sending much love to all. Richard and Marilyn. ❤️


Gerald Clarke posted on 6/18/19

About 3 or 4 years ago I came down to Wilmington with my beautiful bride to meet her aunt and uncle or better known as her second parents. I was welcomed with a warm smile and love. Over the next few years Gene and I would talk/ write to each other about, poems, life and love. He made the world a better place and all of us a little richer for knowing him. I thank you for the gift of my wife and the warmth of your friendship. Rest well! I will miss you.