Local musician Travis McKeveny died suddenly on Thursday, Sept. 16. He was 35.
A longtime resident of Blue Point and a Bayport-Blue Point High School graduate, McKeveny had described himself as a “Singer-songwriter. Pessimystic. Gonzo haikuist,” reports the obituary notice at Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Homes.
“The Sayville Artists lost … a foundational member of our local music scene,” the Sayville Artists posted on their Facebook page.
Many other tributes to McKeveny poured in over social media in the last week.
“Conversation was never light with Travis,” his high school classmate and longtime friend Kerry Gilroy posted on Facebook. “There was no ‘what’s the weather looking like next week?’ Or ‘do you have any good plans coming up?’, but rather things like ‘what stage of life do you think is the most rewarding?’ (and) ‘What is the greater meaning of all of this?’
Gilroy’s touching post continued:
“In my mind, Travis will always be sitting next to me in 10th grade Marine Biology. He’ll be standing around in the woods at a high school party. He’ll be naked jumping into Mulholland’s pool at 1am and when he realizes he’s the only one who jumped in, he’ll ask me for a towel. He’ll have a neck tie wrapped around his head, dancing at my wedding. He’ll be calling me ‘Deary’ on the phone. Travis McKeveny, you shine bright. You always have. I wish you could feel all the love and happiness you have brought so many people. I love you so much. Thank you for everything.”
Fellow local musician Keenan Boyle wrote, “Travis was funny, kind, talented, intelligent and always entertaining. This is how I’ll remember him.”
“Travis McKeveny you were one of a kind,” Jarett “Crash” Slionski, a local musician and owner of Iron and Tread Barber Shop and Shave Parlor, posted on Facebook. “Such a good hearted and talented friend. You’ll be missed by many.”
McKeveny is survived by his parents, Mary Jean and Gerry McKeveny, and his sister Kathleen.
Visitation took place on Thursday, Sept. 23, and is scheduled on Friday, Sept. 24, from 2-4:30 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m. at Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Home in Bayport, 683 Montauk Hwy.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 9:45 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snow Roman Catholic Church in Blue Point.