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Memorial service set Sunday for Paly student Travis Brewer

Original post made on Sep 16, 2008

A memorial service will be held Sunday afternoon for Travis Brewer, the Palo Alto High School sophomore who died in his sleep Sunday night or early Monday morning. Brewer, who friends and coaches say inspired others with his friendliness, honesty and upbeat outlook, will be remembered at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Paly gym.

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Comments (29)

Posted by Karen
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Sep 16, 2008 at 4:40 pm

To the Brewer family: We are so sorry to hear about Travis. We got to know Travis back when my daughter Jenice was at Jordan playing volleyball. She played with his sister, Sisley. Travis was with his mom at every game. He was a sweet kid, fun to have around. My daughter Jekara, also a coach at Paly high saw Travis just last Friday and he was his usual sweet, cheerful outgoing self. He was a great kid and will be missed!

Posted by Sonja Garrett
a resident of another community
on Sep 16, 2008 at 6:09 pm

To Bruce, Becky and family. Although we are family separated by a few miles, I want you to know that you are in my family's prayers. We have not seen Travis since he was roughly 6 or 7 but knowing that God gave him an opportunity to make his mark on the world until the tender age of 16 fills my heart. He will be missed here among us, but trust that he has even greater works to do above! Love always, your cousin Sonja

Posted by Reyes Esquivel Family
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 16, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Tony, Becky, Gabe, & Sisley,
Our hearts go out to you all. You are all in our prayers. Travis was an awesome kid from an awesome family. What a blessing to have had such a wonderful person as part of your family. His spirit will truly live on.
I will miss his big smile and him always going out of his way to say hello to me.
His passing has touched our family deeply.

God Bless You All.


Posted by Dave DeGeronimo
a resident of Greene Middle School
on Sep 16, 2008 at 11:03 pm

I will miss that big smile and warm spirit that "Big T" brought with him everywhere and for everybody. He was a fixture in the Jordan PE Dept, at PALY Athletics and he was always willing to help.

Our thoughts and prayers for Tony, Becky, Gabe and Sisley and the many friends and family that miss him greatly! I know the gym will not hold enough people on Sunday that want to say goodbye to such a special person!

Your teacher and friend,
Mr. "D"

Posted by Pam
a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2008 at 3:52 pm

To: Bruce, Becky, Gabe, and Sisley, We are praying for all of you at your time of need. We feel blessed to have been able to see Travis this summer in Las Vegas, NV. I will never forget that smile he always gave me when I was playing around with him. Also, he really got a kick out of playing with Peter. We love you guys and just know we are a phone call away if you need anything.


Pam, Jeff, Jeffrey, Jazmin and Peter.

Posted by Janine Bisharat
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 17, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Dear Becky, Tony, Gabe and Sisley

We were deeply saddened to hear the news from Carol this afternoon. Our love is with you and we wish you moments of beautiful memories in the midst of this trajedy.

Helps us all appreciate the moments of life that we have and share. After all, that's all we have.

Janine and Aron

Posted by Tori Alcala
a resident of Triple El
on Sep 17, 2008 at 11:36 pm

Becky and family

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I coached Travis when he was a kinder, he played on the green basketball team at the Palo Alto Family YMCA, he is and will always be one of my favorite kids I have coached. He was a true joy, and full of life, and love. I feel very blessed to have had him touch my life in such a positive way. Becky you are an amazing women and mom.

All my love

Coach Tori

Posted by Stephanie Spector
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 18, 2008 at 12:58 am

Travis attended school with me at Walter Hays since fourth grade. I remember he was always in my PE classes with that big goofy grin of his. I'm not sure I ever saw him not smiling. Though I didn't know him too well, I will always remember seeing him around school with his scooter, high-fiving kids as he passed by. Travis had more friends than many people may have in a lifetime. There are so many people who have been deeply affected by this tragedy and the Brewer family will be in all our thoughts. We will not forget.

My thoughts are with you,
Stephanie Spector
PALY Sophomore

Posted by Fatma Helmy
a resident of Nixon School
on Sep 18, 2008 at 6:25 am

Becky and family

My heart goes to you who cared for all our children at Nixon. I pray that your devastation will someday be consoled by the memories of his beautiful face and the blessings of having had him even for such a short time. I wish you courage through those difficult times.

Fatma Helmy

Posted by Becky Brewer
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 18, 2008 at 12:17 pm

To Every Person who has written a comment -
Thank you so much from our entire family. Your thoughts are so appreciated and help to lift our spirits. We love Travis so much and are just trying to get through each day without him here to cheer us up. I am so glad you have all gotten to share in his smiles and laughter.

Love always,
Becky Brewer and family

Posted by Yolando, Troy and Ian
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 18, 2008 at 12:41 pm

To: Bruce, Becky, Gabe and Sisley

I'm so glad for the opportunity to have met and loved Travis as a part of our family. Although we don't see each other often, know that you all are in our prayers. I too enjoyed Travis's outlook on life and never remember a time he did not have a smile on his face or was cracking a joke about something. This was definitely unexpected but God has greater plans for him now. Take care and God bless.

Your cousin, Yolando

Posted by Suzanne El Gamal
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 18, 2008 at 4:35 pm

To the Brewer Family,

Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time. We will miss Travis's smile and will continue to remember him by it. May you all be nourished by the warm memories. We pray that you find the strength to make it through this sudden separation.

Take Care,

Suzanne El Gamal & Family

Posted by kris t.
a resident of another community
on Sep 18, 2008 at 10:43 pm

My heart and prayers go out to the Brewer family.
kris t. paly77

Posted by Vanessa G Hall
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2008 at 6:34 am

Hello Bruce and Family,

This is Vanessa, your cousin from Dallas. Your Aunt Robbie's daughter. We send our deepest condolences. We will be praying and knowing that God will see you through this season in life. I know it is hard and my heart bleeds for all of you. Remember in all things God is Faithful and from the article your baby lived life and did not waste his precious time. For that we are grateful. Much love and we pray to see you guys soon. We are praying for your peace in the midst of this storm. Be blessed!!!

Jeffery Hall & Vanessa Gipson Hall
107 Ridgecrest Dr.
Red Oak, Texas 75154

Posted by Tammy Tyrone & Mariah Demery
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 19, 2008 at 8:46 am

Bruce & Becky,

We are so sorry to hear about Travis. Let us know if you need anything and we will be calling you.

God bless you during this difficult time.

Tammy, Tyrone and Mariah Demery

Posted by Rie
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Will keep sending prayers...


Posted by Sonny & Terry (Gipson) Iyasere
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Hello Bruce and Family,
We send our deepest sympathy. May the soothing arms of God comfort and hold you in this time and the memories of your son carry you through this difficult time. You are in our prayers.

Your cousin,
Terry and Family

Sonny & Terry Gipson
6045 Parkhaven Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Posted by Norris and Dottie Choice
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2008 at 1:32 pm


Posted by Tim
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Tony, Becky, Gabe and Sis
Thinking of you and sending (((( HUGS )))) to all of you. Travis was a GREAT kid and the wonderful memories you have of him will help you get through this. Peace be with you. Tim, Jan, Megan and Jon

Posted by Dear Becky, our dear friend,
a resident of Nixon School
on Sep 19, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Our deepest condolences.

You've been the most kind, patient friend. My two kids love you at Nixon, and I am so sorry.

from Maria, Toshio, Leilan, and Takeru Nishi

Posted by Maria
a resident of Nixon School
on Sep 19, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Dear Becky, our dear friend,

Our deepest condolences.

You've been the most kind, patient friend. My two kids love you at Nixon, and I am so sorry.

from Maria, Toshio, Leilan, and Takeru Nishi

Posted by Calvin
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 20, 2008 at 1:08 am

Peace be with this man, it's easy to see when a dude is a good dude, and Travis was obviously a good dude. rest in peace always.

Posted by Tameeka Bennett
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 20, 2008 at 10:12 am

Hello Brewer Family!

Just want to let you know that our thoughts and Payers are wih you. There will be a brighter day :)

We love you all so much! God Bless,

The Bennett Family

Posted by Loren & Yoli Schoof and Family
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 20, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Tony, Becky, Gabe and Sisley,
We had many wonderful years living next door to you -- and many memories of seeing Travis' smile on a daily basis.

He was a beautiful baby -- always smiling, always happy.
At Halloweeen, he'd come to our door -- costume and all plus his big smile. Just so many memories of seeing him as a baby and growing up...

Our hearts are heavy for you -- please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. And while we are just a skip and a hop away, know that we will always be here for you.

Much love,
Yoli and Loren

Posted by Erin, Marco, Annika and Ryan
a resident of Nixon School
on Sep 21, 2008 at 10:14 am

Dearest Becky and family,
Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with you during this horrible time. Becky has always given a warm welcome and helpful hand for our daughter at Nixon School--thank you. We were heart-broken to hear of your tragic loss. Three years ago, our son Aidan died. There were few people who could really relate to what we had to go through, either immediately or for the next several years, but we did find comfort and support through The Compassionate Friends. (Web Link They are a special group who are dedicated to helping families survive the loss of a child. There is little anyone can say to ease your shock and grief, but please do know that you are not alone, that Travis and your family are in so many people's thoughts, that Travis's memory will live on as long as you do, that you will feel happy again, and that happiness will be OK. Much love, the Vriens family

Posted by Maria and Aurora
a resident of Nixon School
on Sep 21, 2008 at 11:42 am

Dearest Becky,

Just to send you and your family all our love.

Posted by Kellie Alex and Kira Enriquez - Bloom
a resident of Southgate
on Sep 21, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Dear Becky,
I enjoyed sitting with you at practices and games when Alex and Travis played baseball togehter. We were all touched by Travis. He was a sweet guy with a ready smile and quick wit. Alex and Traivs were at Hays, Jordan and Paly together. Travis was so sweet to Alex's little sister, Kira, he was such a happy guy making us all smile and laugh. We are so very sad and just not ready to let go of him. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

Kellie, Alex and Kira

Posted by Doug Govan
a resident of Gunn High School
on Sep 21, 2008 at 11:22 pm

Hello Brewer Family,
I was shocked by the unexpected news. Travis was just a young kid when Tony was coaching me in American Legion in the late 90's. Even in "heated" Gunn vs Paly games I would always go out of my way to say hi to Tony. I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Travis personally as a young man. However, there's no doubt in my mind that he possessed all of the outstanding traits that his parents were both blessed with.
I am so sorry for your loss. I have thought about your family all week...
Doug Govan
Jamie Govan
Renee Govan

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