Thomas Townsend Traver, 76, of 85 Barker St., Jamestown, passed away at 3:50 p.m. Monday (Jan. 7, 2013), in WCA Hospital.
A lifelong area resident, he was born Sept. 29, 1936, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of the late Garfield C. and Dorothy M. Swanson Traver.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from Aug. 16, 1954, to Aug. 1, 1957. He served as an U.S. Army medic and paratrooper in the 82nd Air-borne.
Before his disability due to ill health, he was employed as a truck driver for the Lyons Transportation Lines for several years and also worked for Keith Trucking. He also worked as a carpenter and will be remembered as a very skilled handyman who could build anything.
He was a proud veteran and was a member of the National American Legion and the Blinded Veterans Association.
Surviving are his children: Shelly Traver and Thomas Traver, both of Jamestown, and Janeane Varos of Mayville; 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; his brother, Philip (Janet) Traver of North Carolina; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Theresa Roberts; a grandson, Charles Edstrom; and a brother, Daniel Traver.
A memorial service will be held at a later date and time to be announced by the family.
Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua Blind Association, 510 W. Fifth St., Jamestown, NY 14701; or to a charity of one's choice.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Thomas at www.lindfuneralhome. com.