Of Everett. Joe was born and raised in Everett where he was a member of the first graduating class of Pope John XXIII high school in 1970. Growing up he was the drum major of St. Therese’s Toreadors drum and bugle corps and a leader was born. Joe enjoyed watching and playing hockey. He went on to run for Everett City Councilman at the age of 18 and narrowly lost the election by a mere 34 votes to incumbent Rosie LeCours. Joe graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College with a B.S.Management; Accounting Major in 1974 and later received his MBA from Babson College in 1976 Graduating with Distinction. He was a member of the American Institute and Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. He was also Past President and Director of the Mass Marketing Insurance Institute. Throughout his business career he served as Senior Auditor and Tax Consultant for Ernst and Young Boston Mass. from 1974-1977 as well as Project Controller and Senior Analyst at Arthur D. Little Inc. 1978-1981 and was President and Chief Executive Officer Pilgrim Health Care Applications Inc. 1984-1990. He was also a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Merrimack College in North Andover Mass. Joe served in many other positions of leadership throughout his career which required him to travel extensively around the U.S. and the world and his love and joy of air travel was best exemplified in reaching the highest level of customer awards from Delta Airlines, Marriott Hotels and many others. He was truly in his element while passing from airport to airport and city to city. His passion for the Olympic Games was evident by his attending every summer and winter Olympics held within the U.S. starting with the Lake Placid Games and every one that followed. As impressive as his business achievements were his friendship was second to none. If you were fortunate enough to call Joe your friend then you knew that you had the most caring, generous, and loyal friend that anyone could ask for.
He is the son of the late Joseph and Clara Travia. He is survived by his sister Patricia and her husband Joseph Molloy. He is also survived by other family members and many dear friends. At Joe’s person request, his funeral arrangements will be private. In Joseph’s memory, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association @ www.act.alz.org