Joseph Alfred Travers, 62, of Franklinville NJ died February 17th surround by his loving family.

 “Joe” was raised in Gibbstown, NJ the son of the late Leon and Fannie Travers.

 Joe, loving husband of Teri (Fagan), Loving father to Michael (Theresa) of Franklinville, Stephen of Maryland, and Laura (Chanel) of Sicklerville and Devoted “Poppy” to Joey, Shannon, and Lily. Son in law to Florence and the late Frederick Fagan. Brother to Bessie, Peggy, Donna, and uncle to many nieces and nephews.

 Joe was an ASE Certified Master Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician for 35 years; he was also a Matco Tools distributor.

 Joe enjoyed working on classic cars, camping, hunting, and fishing with his family. One of Joe’s greatest pleasures was hanging out with his grandkids: especially hunting and fishing with Joey his best bud. He enjoyed many football, cheerleading, and softball games as well as track/field meets that his grandkids were in. Most of all Joe’s greatest joy in his life was his wife Teri.

 He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

 Family and friends are invited to gather Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 11am to 1pm at FERTIG FUNERAL HOME, 63 N. Main St., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. Interment private.

 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gloucester County Animal Shelter, 1200 N. Delsea Dr., Clayton, NJ 08312  or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Posted by Mike Travers on February 17, 2017
It is very difficult to believe that it has been two years...All I can say is that a day does not pass that I do not think about you. A crisp cold day with the smell of diesel in the air always makes me think of the times we spent together working on trucks. You are the only person that would teach his son to drive a manual in a tri-axle dump truck. I miss you and hope that you are having a great time!! Keep on eye of the kids. Love you
Posted by Theresa Travers on February 24, 2015
Hi Poppy, it's Shannon. I miss you very much. I love you so much! You were a great poppy.
Posted by Donna Zimmerman on February 23, 2015
Joe,
Thou we had drifted apart over the years, that special place in my heart for my brother was always there. We had to grow up way too fast, but I always knew I could count on you to make me a better cook. oops did I say that- yes everyone, my dad MADE my brother eat my burnt turkeys, chicken, and just about anything I tried to make THEN made him tell me how good it was. I would give anything for you to taste my culinary masterpieces now!  My comfort is knowing you are with mommy and daddy now. You left a truly remarkable family here, but left them with the memories of a lifetime. Till we meet again,  Love and miss you, Donna
Posted by Theresa Travers on February 21, 2015
Joe, I was 19 when I first met you. Back then I always looked at you as a tough badass yet hardworking man who always worked on cars.lol In my eyes, you always were rough and tough, but always loved hanging out with your family. There were many of many times Michael would invite me over and we all hung out at the house. I remember sitting in the kitchen smoking cigarettes and shooting the breeze with you and Teri. After a few years, surprise!!! I was pregnant! It was then I saw a change in you....when Joey was born, I saw another side of you. I witnessed you, the tough badass turn into the most loving grandparent. I saw a soft side of you that I've never seen, the way you would look at him and hold him was something you never forget. Then four more years later....suprise! We had Shannon. Now with a little girl around you became even more loving..that little girl would dress you up with jewelry or whatever and you would just let her do it! Now you had no choice to soften up.lol Both of my kids were always about their "poppy". Through the years up until your death, I witnessed the most beautiful thing, you loving my kids everyday. That meant the world to me. Although I was not into the hunting thing, I was thankful that you took Joey out and taught him things, I felt safe knowing he was with you and not getting into trouble.lol I can't even tell you how heartbroken I am for everyone. You will be missed so much by all of us. Please be the Angel on my kids shoulders. And like you always said, "Stay out of trouble". xoxoxo
Theresa
Posted by Glenn Simpson on February 21, 2015
Teri, We are all saddened by the loss of Joe. We were best friends since grammar school. He taught me to drive a stick, work on cars, smoke cigarettes, and was my best man at my wedding. We hunted, camped, raced, went to school, and just spent time together. We buried my dad and then his dad together. I worked at both of his gas stations where I learned a lot about the workings of cars. When I introduced him to you I could tell he was smitten. He never looked away again.
Posted by Lisa Capko on February 20, 2015
Steve, I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Posted by Sharon Zubec on February 20, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Joey, my prayers and thoughts are with the whole family. Bless you all and R. I. P. Joey "
Posted by Jose Franceschi on February 20, 2015
JOE at this time I am SADDENED to lost such a good friend and in my heart a brother. It is my honor to say for the last 20+ years I was able to call you a friend and a brother. I know you have found comfort and with your HELP and STRENGTH your family and friends will also find comfort. I will always keep your memories alive in my heart.
All my thoughts and prayers are with YOU and YOUR FAMILY.
REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER.
Posted by Eileen McCauley on February 20, 2015
What an incredible loss to a wonderful family... May he rest in peace
Posted by Mike Travers on February 19, 2015
Dad, no words can express of I feel. All I can say is I Love You and Thank you. Please watch over Joey and Shannon.
Posted by Jean N Bob Price on February 19, 2015
So sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Joe will be missed.Such a good neighbor and friend for 22 years.
Posted by Patti Donofrio on February 19, 2015
So sorry to hear of Joey's passing. Although we hadn't seen each other since we were kids, I'm sure he will be sadly missed by all.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.
Posted by Chic Simmler on February 19, 2015
Teri I"m so sorry to hear about Joe...he will be missed but is looking over you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all....love ya!

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Posted by Mike Travers on February 17, 2017
It is very difficult to believe that it has been two years...All I can say is that a day does not pass that I do not think about you. A crisp cold day with the smell of diesel in the air always makes me think of the times we spent together working on trucks. You are the only person that would teach his son to drive a manual in a tri-axle dump truck. I miss you and hope that you are having a great time!! Keep on eye of the kids. Love you
Posted by Theresa Travers on February 24, 2015
Hi Poppy, it's Shannon. I miss you very much. I love you so much! You were a great poppy.
Posted by Donna Zimmerman on February 23, 2015
Joe,
Thou we had drifted apart over the years, that special place in my heart for my brother was always there. We had to grow up way too fast, but I always knew I could count on you to make me a better cook. oops did I say that- yes everyone, my dad MADE my brother eat my burnt turkeys, chicken, and just about anything I tried to make THEN made him tell me how good it was. I would give anything for you to taste my culinary masterpieces now!  My comfort is knowing you are with mommy and daddy now. You left a truly remarkable family here, but left them with the memories of a lifetime. Till we meet again,  Love and miss you, Donna
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The Mighty Hunter

Shared by Glenn Simpson on February 21, 2015

Joe and I were hunting buddies from the time he and I first got our hunting licenses when I was 14 and he 15. Joe used his dad's old Ithaca pump and me an old double barrel Winchester. Joes was famous amogst the group of us who frequented the Delaware River banks in search of ducks as the guy who couldn't hit anything. He took a lot of kidding about being a bad shot.

A year or so later, we were again down the Flood Gates looking for "diver ducks" when a state game warden stopped to check out papers and guns. Finding no illegal ammo or no more than three shells in Joes shotgun, the warden ask Joe if he could hit anything with that pump. I laughed at that and said he couldn't hit a "tweety bird" if sat in front of the barrel. The warden agreed as he said no wonder, the barrel is bent!

Glenn Simpson
Bear, Delaware 

Funerals

Shared by Glenn Simpson on February 21, 2015

I found out about the passing of my childhood friend a short while ago. Living 35 miles away and in another state made it impossible to make the funeral in time. It did, however, remind me of a couple of other funerals.

It was early Monday morning on that rainy April day as I sat in the back of the limo on the way to my father's funeral. The car was crammed with relatives and I was sitting on a fold down seat on the driver's side in the rear as we passed Joe's house on Memorial Ave in Gibbstown. There at a jog, in a suit with no rain coat was Joe struggling to get across an old brush covered field between his house and the  main street. My dad had died Friday night/Saturday morning and the services were being held early Monday morning so many of our friends did not know of his passing before the funeral services were over. Joe knew. And, at 15 years old, he was too young to drive legally in NJ so he walked/ran/hitch hiked to the services a couple of miles away in the rain. My only friend at the service.

Several years later, we were grown up and another funeral to attend. This time, Leon's, Joe's dad. As I walked into the funeral home in Paulsboro, Joe and Donna saw me and came to the back of the room and each grabbed an arm. They led be up front to the family's seating and sat me down where we all grieved for "Dad".

Glenn Simpson
Bear, Delaware