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Norman (Lake) Travers, Jr. passed away at the age of 91, surrounded by his family on Friday, November 30th, 2018. Born and raised in Cambridge, MD on the Eastern Shore, Norm had a love for boating, antique cars and coins. Norman joined the Navy at an early age (17) during the latter part of WWII, and served as a load specialist with the Naval Air Transport and in charge of bumping guys who were getting hops out of Guam, favoring the lower ranked servicemen. At the end of WWII, he turned down a position in San Francisco with a fledgling airline (United) favoring to go back home to the Eastern Shore. He emigrated to Delaware to attend Goldey Beacom Business College in Wilmington, DE and married his wife, Mary (Stuart) Travers in 1953.
He and Mary started their family in Claymont, DE working and retiring as an auditor with the State of Delaware Division of Health and Social Services in 1986. Norman was an active band booster and chaperone on band competition trips for the Claymont “Flaming Arrow” High School Band in the 1970’s and developed many life-long friendships among the band students who nick-named him “Stormin’ Norman”. He was also a long-time member of the vestry in the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Claymont, Delaware.
After retirement from the State in 1986, Norman and Mary moved to Rehoboth Beach, DE where they made many new friends. In 2005, Norman and Mary moved to the Madison, AL area near Huntsville and their daughter’s family. Norman resided in the Floyd E Tut Fann V.A. Home in Huntsville, AL for the last 9 months of his life.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Lillian (Hall) Travers of Church Creek, MD. He is survived by his wife Mary (Stuart) Travers of 65 years; son Kenneth A. Travers and his spouse Sandra (Stewart) Travers; daughter Julie E. (Travers) Heverin and her spouse Colonel James Heverin III; grandchildren Kristen E. (Travers) Cutler and her spouse Steve Cutler, Nicolle (Heverin) Draughon and her spouse Justin Draughon, Brian Travers and his spouse Alexandra Rogin, and Danni Heverin; and three great-grandchildren Nolan Cutler, Jensen Draughon and Austin Cutler.
Instead of a funeral, the family will be hosting a memorial service at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Madison, AL on January 19th, 2019 and a celebration of life in Delaware at a time and place to be named. In lieu of flowers, the family asks everyone to please keep Norman in their prayers.
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