Travis Canfield, 61

Published 10:40pm Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Travis Canfield, 61
Born: June 29, 1951


Died: Oct. 11, 2012

Travis Allen Canfield was born in Niles on June 29, 1951, the only child of Ervin “Bud” and Gladys (Davidson) Canfield. Travis departed this life on his sailboat at the Port of Salerno, Fla., where he had lived for the past three years.

He graduated from Buchanan High School in 1969, and from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss., with a degree in microbiology in 1971. There, he met the love of his life, Karol Winterrowd.

They were married Aug. 16, 1975, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Memphis, Tenn. Karol departed this life on Feb. 10, 2008. They were married for 33 years.

Travis leaves to mourn his passing three children, Lindsay Ann (Brian) McIntire of Denver, Meredith Lea (Jeffery) Hypes of Bear, Del., Tyler Canfield of Downingtown, Pa.; two grandchildren, Owen Brian and Finnian David McIntire; and his mother, Gladys Canfield-Keith of Niles; and aunts and uncles, Joyce and Melvin Dreitzler of Niles, Lonnie and Helen Davidson of Plant City, Fla., Charles and Pat Davidson of Humboldt, Tenn., Dick and MaryAnn Davidson of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Linda and Ernie Herring of Zephyrhills, Fla., Shirley and Don Snyder of Dallas, Pa., Betty Lillie of Winter Haven, Fla.; and several cousins and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ervin Dale Canfield, and by his grandparents, Donald and Gladys Canfield and Clyde and Mae Davidson.

Travis was born in Niles, grew up in Buchanan. As a 6-year-old, he was the “bat boy” of the Buchanan Merchants softball team. His father, “Bud,” was the pitcher, taking the team to win the Softball Crown in 1957. Travis went on to be a pitcher himself for the White Sox Little League Team, and winning the city championship during his “pitching career.” Travis attained Eagle Scout Rank at age 16. He attended the Twelfth Boy Scout World Jamboree in Farragut, Idaho, in 1967. He was named a Michigan National Merit Scholarship winner in 1969. We loved him dearly and mourn his passing deeply.

Services for Travis Canfield will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with the Rev. Phil Carnuccio officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends at the funeral home beginning at 10 a.m. Friday.

Contributions in memory of Travis may be made to the American Heart Association.

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