It is okay to grieve and though it may be a word that comes with negative connotations, it is a word that should not be feared. To grieve is to suffer a great loss, which I strongly believe is the case. However, we should also be happy that we have something to grieve for because it only shows how deeply that loss cuts. It shows the value that we all held for Travis being in our lives and how radically the loss of him has affected us. We should be happy to grieve strongly because it only reflects the positivity and the impact he had on our lives.
As his brother, I loved him deeply. I just saw him yesterday and it feels unreal. He came over randomly before bowling, made us a home cooked meal, which was delicious. Gratefully I got to play one last game with my little brother. We set up the backgammon board one last time. This memory sits with me because like most games we were competitive, trying to win. Like most big brothers, I was beating him (muwahhahaha), but he did not give up. The next roll would determine who would win. He just needs double threes or better to grab the win for himself. Unfortunately, he rolled snake eyes just falling short. I feel like we all have rolled snake eyes today, but that does not mean we give up. We just need to set up that backgammon board and give it one more throw of the dice.
Travis passed unexpectedly Saturday, February 9, 2019 at age 26. He was predeceased by his brother, Jacob Allan Voellinger, grandparents; Janet and Henry Dennis, grandmother; Jennifer K. Shacket & grandmother, MaryAnne Novara, and cousin, Adam J. Vallancourt. He is survived by his parents; Karen and Todd Voellinger, grandfather; Marvin J. Shacket, brother; Tyler Voellinger and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.
The family will receive friends Friday, February 15 from 5-8pm at New Comer Cremations & Funerals 6 Empire Blvd. Rochester , New York 14609.
In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution in Travis's name to Open Door Mission,156 N Plymouth Avenue Rochester, NY 14608.