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Harry J. Travis, Sr.

1929 - 2021


Harry J. “Cecil” Travis Sr., 91 of West Chester, PA died of heart failure on Friday March 26, 2021 at his home.

Born May 11, 1929 in West Chester, PA he was the son of the late Charles E. Travis and the late Mary Kirlin Travis.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Doris L. Brehm Travis, three children: Harry Jr., Kathleen, and Mark; two grandchildren: Amanda Akana and her husband Cody, and Kyle Jones; three great grandchildren: Marley, Ryan and Avery; sister, Sr. Maria Francina Travis, IHM.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, Charlie Travis, Frank Travis, John Travis, Edmund Travis, Mary McKenny, Sue Schavnis, Sr. Mary Imelda Travis, IHM and Margaret Travis Murphy. 

Harry graduated from St. Agnes High School in 1948. He served in the US Navy from 1948-1952 on the USS Pine Island during the Korean War. After the war, Harry graduated from Barbering School in 1955 and retired in 1970. He enjoyed telling the story that his profession had men taking their hat off for him. After barbering, Harry worked at Pepperidge Farm and retired in 1991.

He was a member of SS. Simon & Jude Church and a former member of St. Agnes Church.

In high school, Harry was an excellent athlete, playing baseball and basketball. He excelled in baseball so much that he was offered a tryout for the then Boston Braves. 

Harry loved talking to people and telling stories. Some of his favorite hobbies were fox hunting, fishing, watching the Phillies and Westerns. Harry also enjoyed raising championship beagles and won awards.

Services and interment will be private.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Camilla Hall Nursing Home c/o IHM Mission Advancement Office, 230 IHM Drive, Malvern, PA. 19355.

Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 410 N. Church St. West Chester, PA 19380 610-696-1181;


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Jean m Castaldi

April 15, 2021 5:26 PM

Dear Harry and family, My prayers and wonderful memories to you and your family. your Dad's sense of humor was so special and most important his caring heart. Your Dad and Mom were so special to me and especially my son Michael. Always remember how much he loved his family. Hugs to your Mom. Fondly, Jeanie Castaldi and family

David Arabia

April 4, 2021 10:18 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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April 2, 2021 7:30 PM

Harry I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.  I did not know him but I am sure he was a wonderful man.  My condolences to you and your family.

Sharon Castle

March 30, 2021 7:38 PM

I am so very sorry about your dad passing away. I will always remember him visiting the hospital on different occasions and stopping in the hall talking to him and hearing one of his many fascinating stories. He was such a kind and caring man and was always so proud of his son working at the hospital !! I hope your mom will be ok Harry and I know you will take special care of her to make sure she is. Sending my love and prayers to you and your mom and your family. Heaven has gained a special angel.

Meg Beswick

March 30, 2021 1:38 AM

A neighbor for life. One you can trust and count on. Mr Travis was always good for a smile when walking his dog and it just wasn’t Halloween without a visit to the Travis house on the Pike. My sincere condolences to the entire Travis Family

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