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Joseph 'Bobby' Travers, 70, Maywood Resident

Joseph Travers
Joseph Travers Photo Credit: Vander Plaat Memorial Home

MAYWOOD, N.J. -- Joseph "Bobby" Travers, a Maywood resident, formerly of the Bronx, died Tuesday, Jan. 26. He was 70.

Before retiring, Travers worked for the New York Board of Education as a Spanish teacher at JHS Wade 117X. He was also a member of a doo-wop group, the Esquires.

He "was an animal lover, especially his four-legged friends, Lexie, Pepper, Lucky, Baby and Cookie," according to obituary information from the Vander Plaat Memorial Home. "He had a long-standing relationship with his cockatrice Petey."

Travers is survived by his wife of 44 years, Violet "Vikki" (Navarro) Travers; his children, Elena Travers of Maywood and Jaclyn Travers of Wallington; his grandchildren, Gia Gabriella Brown and Gabrielah Gracie Soto; his siblings, Carmella Colantonio, Anne Fantacone and Debra Ramos; and a nephew, Louie Colantonio.

Visiting hours were scheduled from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 113 S. Farview Ave., Paramus. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the funeral home. Interment will be in Laurel Grove Memorial Park in Totowa.

Memorial contributions can be made to:

  • Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, 2 Shelter Lane, Oakland, NJ 07436, or by clicking here .
  • Best Friends Animal Society no-kill sanctuary by clicking here.

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