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W. Travis Nixon Beloved husband, son and father CANANDAIGUA - W. Travis Nixon, age 36, peacefully ended his long and serious 13-year fight with cancer, surrounded by his loved ones, on Friday, May 16, 2008. Travis was born April 12, 1972 in Canandaigua and was the son of Walter T. and Irene (Peck) Nixon. He was a graduate of Canandaigua Academy and Nazareth College, where he earned degrees in studio art and philosophy. Since 1995, he had been the owner of Coyote's Den in Canandaigua. His contributions to the community included Canandaigua City Council since 2000, a member and past president of Downtown Business Association, Business Improvement District and Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce. He was also a board member for Canandaigua Salvation Army and Canandaigua Youth Group. In 2006, Travis was honored by receiving the Bill Peterson Award from American Lung Association. Travis started the renovation of the playground at Sonnenberg Gardens in his father's name; this project was very important to him. His hobbies included pottery, Buffalo Sabres and gaming with his children and friends who came into the Coyote's Den. He is survived by his beloved wife, Laura Pothier; mother, Irene Nixon and stepfather John of Canandaigua; step-daughter, Gabe Timmerman of Canandaigua: mother-in-law, Mary Pothier of Canandaigua: grandfather, Eddie Peck of Victor; aunts and uncles, Bill and Jeanne Nixon of Canandaigua, Terri Fletcher of Phoenix, Ariz., Jeanne and Richard McGregor of Corning, N.Y., Ginger and Dan Seeley of Fairport, Mary Lou Peck of Pittsford, Eddie and Sherry Peck of Shortsville and Peter and Cheri Peck of Charlotte, N.C.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and kindred spirits who meant so much to him, especially Tammy Prull. He was predeceased by his father, Walt Nixon in 2006; grandmother, Peg Peck; and grandparents, Reid and Mildred Nixon. Friends may call Wednesday, May 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Kennedy & Son Funeral Home Inc., 15 Bristol St., Canandaigua. A memorial service will be held immediately following visitation at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sonnenberg Playground or Sands Cancer Center.


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Published in Daily Messenger on May 18, 2008.
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June 9, 2008
I went to high school with Travis and spent many hours hanging out with him and our group of friends. Wade Stanton kept me abreast of Travis' life after high school, and I was sorry to hear that he passed away last month. He was a unique guy that will be missed by many. My thoughts go out to his family, as I know he loved you all very much.
Amy Capron
May 21, 2008
Irene, Mary Lou, Ed & Sherry, Mandy & Marty, My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I was devasted to hear of Travis' passing. I have a ton of memories with the entire family and extended family. You were all like family to me. Travis will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Melinda (Harris) Jeffery
May 21, 2008
Travis was a gentle spirit and kind man. He showed many of us in different ways how to become better individuals. A life lesson that will forever live in my heart because of him.

You will be greatly missed! I'm sorry I can't be there to pay my respects.
Lori Holub (Bergman)
May 20, 2008
Travis, David Bertino, Pat, Joanne, Vince and Tony Vitalone, Tammy Bartholomew, and Tammy Green we were all childhood friends. I have so many wonderful memories of us growing up together during those endless summers on Granger Street. Travis was a great friend. He made significant impact on our hometown in a life cut all too short. Our deepest condolences to Irene, Laura and Gabe.
Brien and Zamperetti Family
May 19, 2008
I had the pleasure if knowing Travis since he was a young teen when I met and became friends with his mother. He was an exceptional young man and an even more exceptional man. His was a wonderful friend and inspiration to many. My deepest sympathies to his wife, daughter and to my dear friend Irene. I am sorry that I am unable to be present on Wednesday, but I will not return from California until Thursday. Irene please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Deb Wight
May 19, 2008
Dear Travis,
Rest in peace. You were an exceptional person here on earth. I shall always remember you as a fine friend of my son, a friend I always liked.

Dear Irene,
My heart goes out to you. Please accept my sincere and deep sympathy at this time of great sorrow. May you find comfort in knowing that others care, and that the sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality. God Bless you and all your family.
Eva Galambos
May 19, 2008
I had known Travis from being a merchant in Canandaigua. We had simular stores so we got to be very good friends. He will be sadly missed by the Canandaigua Community as well as the Pagan Community. He is now in the hands of the God & Goddess and they have eased his pain and suffering.
Blessed Be,
Ruth & Scott Chappell
May 19, 2008
Travis was my 'brother in all but blood'. He was my 'bridesmaid' when I got married, and I was very blessed to officiate at his wedding to Laura. He was such a determined and playful and funny and thoughtful and curious and caring man. His love of life was clear to anyone who saw him. He faced cancer with such practical strength and fearlessness - what's the next step, what's the next option. In 13 years, I only once saw him anxious, and it was for those who loved him, his wife and daughter and mother and friends, not for himself. Life was a big adventure for him, and now he's on the biggest one ever. His spirit is strong and free. Blessings on your path, my brother.
Meguey Baker
May 18, 2008
Travis, you truly were an inspiration to all who's lives you touched. You will be missed, but never forgotten. You taught all of us so much and I'm sure you will never know the depth of what you did for us. God Bless You and Uncle Walt
Debbie Bergman
May 18, 2008
I will miss Travis deeply. He touched so many lives with his wonderful outlook on life. He was always willing to help anyone. I remember when I was 13 or 14, I decided I would start a jewelry making "business" and my silly little earings and necklaces that probably fell apart during the first use, were sold proudly in Travis' store on consignment. Every time I went in there to see if any were sold, there never appeared to be any sold off the rack, but Travis always had a little bit of "profit" for me. It made me so proud to think that someone bought my jewelry. It was years later when I realized what he had done for me and my self confidence. I will never forget Travis. He will always live in the hearts of everyone he touched. I feel blessed to have had him as a cousin. We will always miss you, Travis.
Tania Bergman
May 18, 2008
Travis has always been a phenominal person. Even as a little boy, he could build things with lego's that would amaze me. Although I moved away from Canandaigua, when I visited, I always looked forward to stopping in his store and seeing his wonderful smile. I will miss Travis very much. Auntie Irene, we love you and please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Laura & Gabe, you are blessed to have been a part of Travis's life. He will always be phenominal.

Darlene, Pete, Nate & Taylor
Darlene Metzger
May 18, 2008
I worked with Travis at Things Remembered at Eastview Mall many years ago. He was a hugh help to me then. I will miss him very much. He was a wonderful person.
Mary Jane Bomeline
May 18, 2008
Travis was a really good person, and at times, truly a pillar of strength. Sometimes when I came into his store, I was awed by how he could be so upbeat about his illness, and how quickly he was able to laugh about it and not take his life for granted. I'm going to miss him a lot, but it was great knowing someone like Travis.
Daniel Middleton
May 18, 2008
Travis was a great man. I will never forget when I first meet him ten years ago. He shared his love of games and comics with me and my friends, he opened up a whole new world for us to enjoy. I'll never forget the good times at the den or the great Heroclix matches we had together. Whenever I pick up a comic or play a game of clicks I'll think oh him.
Dan Hayes
May 18, 2008
I am sending this for Travis' very good friend, Timothy Herington, who, due to circumstances beyond his control is unable to do so. I am Tim's mother and know what a great friend Travis always was to Tim
Lu Herington
May 18, 2008
Travis is now at peace. We will continue to pray for everyone. We love you.

Don & Sue
Sue Ryan
May 18, 2008
I am sad to hear of the passing of Travis..I had the honor of meeting him while he was with the 1794 Can.Treaty .
My prayers and thoughts go out to your family..
Corrie Leavitt
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