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Joseph J. Travis, worked at Falls Water Department

Jan. 2, 1929 – Dec. 23, 2014

Joseph J. Travis of Niagara Falls, a Navy veteran and retired city employee, died Tuesday at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence in Lewiston after a short illness. He was 85.

Born in Niagara Falls, he attended local schools and enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17. He was stationed aboard the USS Rehoboth and would often talk about the beautiful ports he visited in China and Australia while on active duty.

Mr. Travis retired with the rank of chief petty officer, first class in October 1966 following 20 years of service.

Following his retirement from the Navy, he worked briefly for the Lehigh Valley Railroad and the U.S. Post Office prior to working for the Niagara Falls Water Department as a chief operator until his retirement in December 1985.

Mr. Travis was a member of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America Cataract Lodge, the Italian War Veterans and the Dante’s Social Club.

He enjoyed playing golf and traveling throughout the country.

His wife of nearly 61 years, the former Betty M. MacKenzie, died in 2010.

He is survived by two daughters, JoAnne Gazy and Michelle Marielle; a son, Robert J.; a brother, Dominic Trapasso; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Saturday in St. Vincent de Paul Parish at Prince of Peace Church, 1055 North Military Road, Niagara Falls.

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