U.S. Navy veteran

Published October 31, 2018

LYNNFIELD — James E. “Jim” Travers, 83, of Lynnfield and Sagamore Beach, died Monday Oct. 22, 2018.

Jim was born in Boston on April 26, 1935. He was the son of the late James E. and Christina (Johnson) Travers.

Jim was raised in West Roxbury and attended Boston Latin School before graduating from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Suffolk University Law School. Jim served his country in the United States Navy and had an exemplary career at General Electric Aircraft Engines, retiring in 1997.

Following retirement, Jim continued to consult with GE and briefly practiced law in Wakefield. Deeply patriotic, he volunteered at the Coast Guard Museum and placed flags at the U.S. National Cemetery in Bourne on Veterans and Memorial Days. Jim continued to serve as a volunteer teacher at Operation Bootstrap, teaching English as a second language to recent immigrants to the U.S. and tutoring adults in pursuit of a GED.

Jim and Helen travelled extensively over their 56 years of marriage. However, their home time at Sagamore Beach was most enjoyable.

He was the beloved husband of Helen A. (Sullivan). He was the loving father of Nancy J. Connolly and her husband Paul of Marshfield; James E. Travers Jr. and Rebecca of Boston and Chicago; Kevin C. Travers and his wife Christine of Lynnfield; Brian P. Travers and wife Lisa of Trumbull, Connecticut; and Jennifer A. Pires and her husband Richard of Yarmouth, Maine. He was the cherished grandfather of Patrick, Matthew, Caroline, Haley, Bridget, Hannah, Kevin, Abigail, Brian Jr., Bennett, Lily and Anna. He was the brother of the late Joan (Travers) Blank.

His funeral was held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday, Oct. 26, followed by a funeral Mass in St. Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield. Interment, Forest Hill Cemetery, Lynnfield. Visitation for relatives and friends was at the funeral home on Thursday, Oct. 25.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532.