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Henry Kelly (Submitted on 2014/10/14 at 2:18 am)

Dear Friends,

I gave Jacques a lift to Brooklyn College one day in the mid 80s by chance noticing him along the way. On the way he told me he had been offered a position at the University of Paris as a doctoral mentor, the dream job of a lifetime, as he told me,
“But there is the house”, he said, referring to his place in the neighborhood where he sheltered people in need, This was about a year or so before he realized he was not long for the earth.

I have other anecdotal memories of Jacques but in this one I was privileged for one so loved by so many to share with me a difficult decision, In retrospect, I was learning first hand of one last great sacrifice for one who had made so many for others.

I also have a lengthy account of Jacques’ last days and funeral at the monastery in Normandy, written by his brother (in French) but cannot scan them at this time.




petetridish  (Submitted on 2014/10/14 at 9:56 pm | In reply to Henry Kelly.)

Henry, we’d be happy to scan them for you, just let us know! We might be able to translate them, too…


John Sullivan (Submitted on 2015/04/30 at 7:49 pm)

I was given hospitality by Jacques Travers in the 1960s and would like to create a memorial for him online. I need to know where he was buried. The name and location of the cemetery.


petetridish  (Submitted on 2015/05/11 at 3:18 am | In reply to John Sullivan.)

Dear John,

My son Dylan and I are beginning to post lots of material. We can answer your question. Jacques was buried at the Abbey de Notre Dame de Grace in Bricquebec, Normandy, a Trappist monastery where two of his brothers were monks.
Please check back in the coming weeks for more updates.
Many thanks,
Phyllis Wrynn


John Sullivan (Submitted on 2015/05/11 at 3:51 am | In reply to petetridish.)

Thanks. Great picture of Jacques!


John Sullivan (Submitted on 2015/05/13 at 2:45 am | In reply to petetridish.)

May I have permission to post the photo of Jacques at the memorial I created for him? Is it copyright free?


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