Whitney Pier
It is with heavy hearts and a profound sadness that we announce the death of a loving son, brother, father, uncle and friend, Cyril Travis Desmond, on Monday, May 23, 2016, Sydney. 

Born in Sydney on Feb. 24, 1959, Travis is survived by his mother, Marie Margettie (Desmond) and his stepfather, Stanley Margettie of Whitney Pier. To mourn in their loss is Travis’s son, Ryan Desmond (mother, Charmaine (Desmond) Brewster) and his brother and friend, Darren Desmond. He is also survived by several stepbrothers, stepsisters, nieces and nephews who held a special place in his heart. Sharing in the family’s loss are Travis’s best friends, Dave Shaeen and Garfield Yakimchuck, and his special nephew, Darien Reynolds.

Travis was predeceased by his brother, Albert Forde, grandmother and grandfather, Theresa and Albert Desmond and step-grandfather, James Smith. 

Travis was employed as a firefighter with the Sydney Fire Department and later the Cape Breton Regional Fire Services for 30 years until his retirement. Travis was an outstanding athlete, playing senior level fastpitch baseball in which he excelled on the field in any position but especially, as a pitcher.  Travis was a community volunteer; coaching both baseball and tennis for several years, giving back was something he cherished. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation for the late Cyril Travis Desmond will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street), on Friday, May 27, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier, at 10 a.m. with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Committal will take place in the Pier Community Funeral Home, All Faith Chapel. Following the committal prayers a reception will be held in the funeral home reception area.

Donations in memory of Travis may be made to the Whitney Pier Boys and Girls Club, Sydney.

“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”

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                              Online Condolences

Darren and Family, I am sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
From:  Wendy (Hayden) MacIntyre

Marie, Stan, Darren, and family, So sorry to hear of Travis's passing. So many fond memories of Travis from school and sports. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP, friend.
From:  Greg and Gwen Morrison

To Marie & family So sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy. May Travis rest in peace.
From:  Maurice & Jeanne Street

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. No farewell words were spoken no time to say goodbye gone before we knew it and only God knows why. Travis will be forever in your hearts. May you find comfort in the fond memories you shared between you. From:  Melinda Cronin

Travis and i grew up together on the streets of Whitney Pier and we had many funny interesting conversations over the years,and shared many stories.To his family I send my deepest condolences.
From:  Tony Magliaro

Condolences to all the family members on your sad loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
From:  Mary Phillips

So sorry to hear this sad news, may Travis rest in peace and perhaps say hello to my brother, Walter when he arrives in heaven xo
From:  Sookie and Dave LeBlanc

We are so deeply saddened by the news of Travis?s passing. We cannot imagine the grief you must be experiencing at this time. May the love of Family and Friends comfort you and may your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of the joyful times you had together, as you 'Celebrate the Life of a Wonderful Son, Father, Brother, Uncle, Nephew, Cousin and Friend.
From:  Mona Yakimchuck, Wally, Ashley and Chelsey Talbot

To:  Marie, Stan & Family, We are deeply saddened upon hearing the news of Travis's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sorrowful time. He will be truly missed and will always be remembered fondly. After the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, all we have to hold onto are the happy memories that we've shared with our loved ones who have passed, this is what keeps them alive in our hearts and in our minds, and they will continue to live on, through us. We wish you peace, comfort and courage to face the days ahead with all your cherished memories of Travis, to forever hold in your hearts. May the outpouring of sympathy, the kind acts of friends, comfort you in knowing that your loss is felt by many who care. Our Sincere Condolences, Garfield, Mona, Florence, Marion & Wanda

Travis Left This World Too Young! May God Be With Him…

Darren: Our condolences to you and your family during this very difficult time.
From:  Karen and Kevin Black

Carmella and family, what a tremendous loss you have to bear. May you find strength together as a family through this most difficult time.
From:  Leslie Mercer

So sorry to hear of the passing of Travis.Our prayer,s are with the family at this time.
From:  Leroy and Annie MacRury

Darren and family, I just want to offer you my thoughts and prayers on this very sudden loss. Clearly Cyril was a very special and giving person and meant the world to all of you and your world is lessened with his loss
From:  Scott MacGillivray

To the Desmond Family. My heartfelt Prayers and Condolences to the Family Travis you were indeed a Person many knew and loved. A man of the Community who did much for many. His Smile and Friendliness will be missed. One of our own gone too soon.. May your Home Going be filled with Smiles, Laughter and Great Memories Travis..Journeys Mersey, Rest well my friend..
From:  Gail Douglas (Bunnikins)

You are all in my heart , prayers and thoughts. You are my family and I would like to be there for you. Rest in Peace Travis. You were loved. Keep his memory alive. Be strong.
From:  Cheryl Malcolm

My condolences Marie, Stan and Darren, so sorry to here about Travis,take care and God Bless.
From:  Gary Cameron

Darren and family, please accept our sincerest sympathy in the unexpected loss of Cyril.This is a very difficult time for you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From:  Carolyn and Jack Toomey

Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, my most heartfelt condolences.
From:  Chester Borden

Darren and family I'm so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you all,God bless and may Travis rest in peace
From:  Janie Webber

Desmond Family.. Deepest condolences on the lost of Travis. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.
From:  Raymond Ettienne

Great memories playing noon hour Bball in high school,you were always fun to be around.
From:  Albert Carroll

My deepest heartfelt condolences to all of travis's family.May Travis r.i.p. Marie and God Bless. Travis was a fine gentleman and I knew him his whole life..Once again God Bless.
From:  Larry (tete) Deveaux

My deepest sympathy to the family.
From:  Lionel Ruck 

Darren and Family Condolences to you and your family on the passing of Travis. May God grant him eternal peace, rest, light, and hope
From:  Cathy (MacLean) Law

My sincere condolences to Travis family. RIP Travis.
From:  Carol Ann MacMullin

Rest in Peace. fly high with the Angels
From:  Ann Ross

From growing up in the pier and playing Basketball to darts and pool at the clipper, I have nothing but good memories of him. Always considered him a friend we had a lot of fun together.
From:  Martin Eddy

Marie I am so sorry to hear of Travis passing, this is a hard time for all but as his mom I can't even imagine the great loss you are you are feeling. God Bless you all. RIP Travis
From:  Helena

Always held a special place in my heart 🙂 he &Travis Toussaint were my 8-H Cool Kats !!!!!!!!! A.F.F.A. Doddy Hollohan Keel

Dear Marie, Stan & Darren My heartfelt condolences to you all during the loss of your son and brother Travis. My thoughts and prayers are with you God Bless You All.
From:  Mary Borden

Marie, Stan and Darren…I am so sorry to hear of this tragic loss. Please know that you are all in my prayers and my heart is hurting for you all. May he rest in peace…fly high my friend!
From:  Kim Dithurbide

We were sorry to hear about Travis's passing. Our condolences to Darren and the rest of Travis's family and friends.
From:  Layne and Joslynn White

So sorry to hear of travis passing,known him from the time we were kids,I still laugh thinking of him trying to teach me to swim out browns lake him and gar, I could allready swim,but I knew what he was thinking with that mischievous grin of his , he was a good guy and I was so proud to call him a friend. You will be missed. Rest my friend.
From:  Jenny Young Buckland

Marie, Stan, Darren, and family, with deepest Sympathy. I have fond memories of Travis, he will be forever loved and missed. Sending Love and Prayers. xoxo
From:  Audrey Barkhouse

To The Desmond Family, I was deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of your loved one Travis. He will be truly missed.
From:  Gerald Moe (Paula)

Dear Marie, Stan and Family, My sincere condolences regarding the passing of Travis. I have many good memories and stories of playing sports with Travis. I will always remember Travis as a great athlete, team mate and life long friend who left us too soon. May you find some comfort in knowing that he is now with our maker. May God bless you all at this time of loss and always !
From:  Carl Crawford & Family

Condolences for your loss Marie, Stan & Darren. Rest forever in peace Travis. Sincerely, Elizabeth Emond (Arthur) & Michael Sparling Lovell

My sincere sympathy to the family. May you find comfort in your loving memories, and in God's promise to soon "swallow up death forever" and "wipe away the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25:8)
From:  Cheryl D.

Marie, Darren, Stan and Family: I am so sad to hear of Travis?s passing. I have many great memories of Travis and I growing up together in the Pier. From being playground supervisors together at Tupper and Laurier Street, graduating together, playing minor baseball and fastball, coaching Pony League and sneaking into Sydney Academy dances. He was always fun to be around as he had such an infectious laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in Peace My FRIEND! Blair Dithurbide