BANGOR – Arnold J. Travis, 91, passed away Feb. 9, 2012, at a local health care facility with his family at his side. He was born in Mattawamkeag, the son of Guy E. and Abbie (Davis) Travis.
He grew up in Danforth, was a graduate of Danforth High School in 1937 and Maine School of Commerce, now Husson College, in 1939. In 1940 he married the former Catherine "Kay" Gould. They celebrated 71 years of marriage Oct. 13, 2011. He was a faithful and caring husband. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Panda in the Pacific Theater. After the war he went to work for Bangor and Aroostook Railroad and served in several positions in the 23 years he worked there. In 1969 he was employed by Maine Central Railroad as assistant general manager and in 1970 became assistant to the president, E. Spencer Miller, a man he admired and who he corresponded with for many years. He retired from Maine Central Railroad in 1982 as executive vice president and member of the board of directors of the railroad. He maintained friendships with many of his former colleagues and friends in the railroad industry. He was a fan of all of the New England sports teams. He was a great storyteller with a sharp memory for events and details to the end.
He is survived by one son, John A. Travis and wife, Suzanne, of Orrington; one daughter, Mary E. Travis of Florida; four grandchildren, Rebecca L. Grant and husband, Douglas, of Hampden, Emily C. Travis of Orrington, Patrick and Jason Quinn of South Portland; a great-grandson, Patrick Quinn Jr.; a special sister-in-law, Ethelyn Travis and a special niece, Carolyn Tully, both of Bangor; a special niece, Kay Travis of Florida; several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Catherine, Oct. 31, 2011; by his parents; a daughter, Susan Marie Travis; and brothers, Ansel and Archie Travis.
Friends may call 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A service of remembrance for Arnold and Kay will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at All Souls Congregational Church, Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. James L. Haddix, pastor and teacher, officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to share conversation and refreshments in the church vestry immediately after the service. Those who wish to remember both Arnold and Kay may make gifts in their memory to CancerCare of Maine, Lafayette Family Cancer Center, care of Healthcare Charities, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931. Condolences to the family may be expressed at