Thomas T. Traver

Thomas Townsend Traver, 76, of 85 1/2 Barker St., Jamestown, passed away at 3:50 p.m. Monday (Jan. 7, 2012), in WCA Hospital.

A lifelong area resident, he was born Sept. 29, 1936, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of the late Garfield C. and Dorothy M. Swanson Traver.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from Aug. 16, 1954, to Aug. 1, 1957. He served as an U.S. Army medic and paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne.

Before his disability due to ill health, he was employed as a truck driver for the Lyons Transportation Lines for several years and also worked for Keith Trucking. He also worked as a carpenter and will be remembered as a very skilled handyman who could build anything.

He was a proud veteran and was a member of the National American Legion and the Blinded Veterans Association.

Surviving are his children: Shelly Traver and Thomas Traver, both of Jamestown, and Janeane Varos of Mayville; 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; his brother, Philip (Janet) Traver of North Carolina; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Theresa Roberts; a grandson, Charles Edstrom; and a brother, Daniel Traver.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and time to be announced by the family.

Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua Blind Association, 510 W. Fifth St., Jamestown, NY 14701; or to a charity of one’s choice.

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