Gene Louis Travis

December 28, 1935 - June 18, 2019
Gene Louis Travis


Gene Louis Travis, age 83, of Wilmington, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in the warm embrace of his family.

He was born in Vestal, NY on December 28, 1935 the son of Louis Travis and Antonia Hauptfleisch Travis.

Gene worked for many years as a Consultant in the Computer industry.

He served his country with honor and distinction in the United States Navy.

Gene is survived by his beloved wife Diane and sons Michael Travis and his wife Julie of Wrightsville Beach and David Travis of Wilmington. He is also survived by his brother Richard Travis and grandson Jackson Travis. Together with his parents he was predeceased by his brother Norman and sister in law Paula Travis.

The family will gather for a graveside service to be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 21, 2019, at the Temple of Israel Section in the New Jewish Cemetery on Princess Place in Wilmington. Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov officiating.

Gene was quite the creative writer and enjoyed writing poetry. Before his illness, in his free time he loved to run, whether in a charitable event or just for the enjoyment of a good run.

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  • June 20, 2019
    Scott Buitekant says:
    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

  • October 07, 2019
    Sara Lewin Hurwitz says:
    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

  • July 20, 2019
    Joan Jach says:
    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.

  • June 22, 2019
    Joyce Koyner says:
    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

  • June 21, 2019
    Nicole Gilpin says:
    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)