Nicholas J. Travaglini, age 87, of St. Paul's and formerly of W. Homer St. Greenville, passed away Sunday morning, September 4, 2016 in UPMC Horizon Greenville. 

He was born in Greenville on September 6, 1928 to Domenico and Elizabeth M. (Delett) Travaglini.  On April 23, 1960, he married, the former Rosalie B. Brindle, she passed away on June 6, 1984. 

Survivors include four daughters, Barbara A. McClimans, Susan E. Travaglini, Rosemarie Travaglini and Jennie A. Kather and her husband Todd, all of Greenville, two sons, John E. Travaglini and James D. Travaglini, both of Greenville, and three grandchildren, Stephen Maietta and his wife Sarah, Erik Travaglini, and Nicolette McClimans. 

Nick was a 1947 graduate of Penn High School and had retired in 1994 from the former Smoke House Bar in Greenville, where he had worked as a bartender for fifteen years.  He had previously been the owner/operator of the former Pizza Tavern and Sportsman Tavern, both in Greenville, and he had also held previous employment at the former Westinghouse Electric Corp., Sharon, where he worked as a group leader. 

Nick was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, the Italian Home Club, and had been the founder and first President of the former Sertoma Club in Greenville in 1969.  Most Importantly was Nick's passion for sports.  From his youth until his recent declining health, Nick was always in tuned with with the sporting world.  He had been active with the Greenville Soft Pitch Softball League for twenty-six years and had been a longtime Manager for many youth baseball teams in Greenville.  A die hard Greenville Football follower, Nick had attended every Greenville Home Football Game since 1941, and had attended most all away games.  He had served on the Board of Directors of the Mercer County Hall of Fame since 1978, and himself was inducted into the Hall in 1986.  Nick also followed passionately the professional sports teams, having attended three Super Bowls and five World Series Games, including the first nighttime World Series Game that was held in Pittsburgh.  In addition, he was in attendance in Cleveland, for the first Monday Night Football Game ever played. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a brother, Joseph Travaglini.

Memorial contibutions may be made to the Greenville Football Club, 9 Donation Rd., Greenville, PA 16125 or The Good Samaritan Fund at St. Paul's, 339 E. Jamestown Rd., Greenville, PA 16125.



  1. Deb lewis Deb lewis
    September 6, 2016    

    I’m so sorry for your loss….. All of you kids ( sue) are attribute to your dad!
    Peace to you all❤️

  2. Priscilla Priscilla
    September 6, 2016    

    When I was little, I spent afternoons with
    my grandmother ,… At the Sportmans’ Tavern. Mom would drop me off when she went to work, and I stayed with gram while she worked for Mr. Travaligni. I’m sure, now, that sounds like a terrible thing to do to a little girl, but, I was never more safe, nor cared for than I was at his place. I got to choose my dinner every night and sit on the barstool closest to the kitchen, so that he and gram could keep an eye on me.
    You have no idea how precious those memories are to me.
    I am so very sorry he is no longer with you,.. With all of us. It feels like a huge piece of Greenville has fallen off. But,– he is part of the woven fabric that keeps us all together. He will always be with us.
    May memories of him bring you all Peace in the days and weeks to come. Christ Be With You.

  3. Stephanie, Barry, Babette & Raegan Williams Stephanie, Barry, Babette & Raegan Williams
    September 6, 2016    

    I am so sorry for your loss! Nick was a kind, gentle man with quick wit. I loved our conversations & speaking with him about his love of sports. My family & I are sending you our condolences & many prayers to get you through the days & months ahead.

  4. Becky Shearer McCann Becky Shearer McCann
    September 7, 2016    

    On behalf of the Shearer family, I extend our sincere condolences for your loss. My parents purchased the Sportsman’s Tavern from Nick many years ago, and I will always remember how kind and cheerful he was. You have our deepest sympathies.

  5. Kathleen Watt Kathleen Watt
    September 7, 2016    

    So very sorry for family’s loss. Nick was so sweet and certainly be missed by all his family and friends.

  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    September 7, 2016    

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. I remember your dad so well from the old softball days. He led a great team, the Pizza Tavern. Then later it was my pleasure to get to know his son so well. He was a good man, Jim, and will be missed. God Bless him and you, Diann Bost

  7. Jim Raykie Jim Raykie
    September 7, 2016    

    Jennie and family,
    I will be out of town and unable to attend calling hours or service. I think you know how much I thought of your dad. He was the real deal, so proud of his hometown, and a tirelesss worker for the Mercer County Hall of Fame board. Overall, just a great person. We have missed him very much in the last several years, and I know he missed being a part of a group that he loved. Please accept my condolences for your loss, and may your dad rest in peace.

  8. Randy Mutdosch Randy Mutdosch
    September 7, 2016    

    I knew Nick through softball and his days bar tending! He was a Greenville icon! I can see him now,looking through those thick glasses, blinking those eyes and speaking to his Lord and saying, “How you doin Big Guy?” My condolences to the entire family! RIP my friend!!

  9. Lisa Filer & Mary Ann Bucciarelli Lisa Filer & Mary Ann Bucciarelli
    September 7, 2016    

    We were so sorry to hear of Nick’s passing. He was a very kind and gentle man. I have many fond memories of him and the whole Travaglini family. This “fat cat” in Arizona will certainly miss him. Prayers and thoughts go out to all of you in the family. He will always be in your heart.

  10. Jenn (Junk) Curry Jenn (Junk) Curry
    September 8, 2016    

    We are so sorry for your loss. God Bless.

    The Junks and The Grubers

  11. Anonymous Anonymous
    September 8, 2016    

    We were so sorry to learn of Nick’s passing. I believe he must have been known to all of Greenville…..and will be missed by all who knew him. I am sorry for not making it to calling hours. You are all in our thoughts, and prayers. With deepest sympathy, and hugs.

    Fred and Betty K Junk and Mom…. Lois Guerrini

  12. Cindy See-Lobban Cindy See-Lobban
    September 9, 2016    

    I was saddened to hear about Papa Trav’s passing. Please know all of you are In my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Bob Davis Bob Davis
    September 9, 2016    

    Sorry for your loss. Spent time with Nick at Hall of Fame meetings talking sports. What impressed me about Nick was his wanting the best for the Hall.

  14. Sheryl Snyder Sheryl Snyder
    September 9, 2016    

    I’m So sorry for your Loss Barbara My prayers are with you and your family

  15. David Junk David Junk
    September 10, 2016    

    All my condolences to the Trav family.

  16. Anonymous Anonymous
    September 10, 2016    

    All my condolences to the Trav family. David Junk, Layton, Utah

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