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The Honorable Herbert F. Travers Jr. Obituary
Travers, JR, The Honorable Herbert F. The Honorable Herbert F. Travers, Jr., retired Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, died December 26, 2013, on Cape Cod with his family at his side. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marie (McDonough) Travers and their five children: Attorney Herbert F. Travers, III of Shrewsbury, Michael B. Travers and his wife Terri of Auburn, James C. Travers and his wife Maureen of Boston, Attorney Jeffrey T. Travers and his wife Sherri of Sutton, and Jennifer M. Edwards and her husband John of Marston Mills. He also leaves nine grandchildren: Dylan Travers of Los Angeles, Benjamin Travers of Shrewsbury, Melissa and Michael Travers of Auburn, Thomas Travers of Boston, Gabriel and Bella Travers of Sutton, and Fiona and Rohan Edwards of Marstons Mills. His sister, Jean Heon, predeceased him in 2001. Herbert was born in Worcester, the son of Worcester Fire Chief Herbert F. Travers and Corinne (Laforce) Travers. He held dual American/Irish citizenship. He was a graduate of the Worcester Public Schools, College of the Holy Cross and Georgetown Law School. He was a member of the Bar Associations in Worcester and Boston and was admitted to practice in Washington, DC. Following his graduation from Georgetown, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard (1952-1954). After completing his military service he was a partner in the law practice of Fellows, Travers & Hoaglund. Between 1955-1959, he was an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Middle District (Worcester County). As Assistant Attorney General (1963-1969), he was assigned as the Chief of the Criminal Division. During this time, he prosecuted two of the longest running court trials in Massachusetts. From 1969-1971 he served as the United States Attorney for Massachusetts. He was appointed to the Superior Court in 1971 where he served for 26 years, retiring in 1998. He was presented with the St. Thomas Moore Society Silver Medal Award for distinguished service to the bench, bar, and active involvement in community activities. He was also active in the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Holy Cross Alumni and St. George's Church Men's Club. Herbert's retirement gave him the opportunity to enjoy his favorite hobbies of sailing and traveling, while spending time with his grandchildren. He lived a rich, full life and will be greatly missed by his loving family. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, December 29th from 2:00 until 4:00 pm at Fay Brothers Funeral Home, 1 W. Boylston St., W. BOYLSTON. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 30th at 10:00 am at St. George's Church, 38 Brattle St., Worcester. Burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Worcester County Food Bank, 474 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.
Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 28, 2013
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