Memory of Fred Travalena
6, 1942 - June 28, 2009
Barth - Worked with him
The Bill Barth Quartet worked with Fred in the 60's at Fernwood
Hotel in the Poconos. He bought one of our poodles. Thank
God for the memories we have of him. Beverly Barth, Tony
Colondo, Jim Kiess and Tony Ardito.
Raya - Fred and his Dad
I was a very dear friend of both Fred and his dad Fred II.
I was employed by Miller Brewing Company in Fulton New York
and became a close friend with Fred's dad. Let me tell you
this ... Fred Travalena was without a doubt one of the finest
entertainers show business has ever seen. He did not have
the breaks some people have had but he made the best of
it. His Grandfather Fred I was an Olympic Track in 1948
and 1952 and Fred II was an American Hero and received the
Purple Heart at the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.
Fred II was a great entertainer and was a singing waiter
with Frank Sinatra in 1935 at the "Rusty Cabin" in Hoboken
II was always worried about his son and he wanted the best
for him and we sat around for hours and hours when we all
were together and mulled about the future of his son and
Fred III truly made his Dad proud.
III visited my home several times when he performed in Central
New York and he was like a brother and loved his fans. I
can go on and on about our good times in Vegas Reno and
AC but these memories will always remain close to my heart.
am saddened by the news of Fred's passing and I never knew
Fred was ill. I want to express my deepest condolences to
Lois and FredIV and Corey along with Fred's family in New
will always be the best entertainer I ever saw and a class
act and great family man. Our Lord has taken a wonderful
man from us and Fred will join his family in heaven and
what a wonderful reunion they will have.
Bless you and your legacy forever.
Walker, Bremerton WA - Class Act !
I only saw him on TV, but always felt he was a class act!
He had a great sense of humor and comic timing. He'll be
- Clean comedy
He had real talent because he didn't feel the need to resort
to profanity and vulgarity to get laughs. I used to like
the "Anything for Money" show he hosted. See you in heaven,
Boyle - Good Bye Fred, Make Them Laugh in Heaven
Fred, I never got to know you in person, but I had seen
you on many variety, game, and talk shows on TV. Whether
it was Jimmy Carter, Elvis Presley, or even Bart Simpson,
you did a great job. You are gone now from this life but
I hope you make them laugh in heaven. This has been a sad
week in the entertainment world with teh losses of Ed McMahon,
Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, pitchman Billy Mays, and
now you are gone to be with the Lord. My friend and I saw
you on occasion on the reruns on The Match Game. Fred Travalena,
you may be gone but you will never, ever be forgotten.
Foyer - The Match Game
I remember only from when he was on the Match Game with
Gene Rayburn. He was real quick with his impressions. I
remember a question referring to the Godfather. Right away,
he did "The Godfather Theme." He will be missed.
Bandini - Fred
I loved Fred Travalena my dear friend, who fought a courageous
battle and now is having an audience with the King of kings.
He will be missed by so many as his great talent and charm
brought laughter the best medicine to all. Lois is the most
amazing woman and the glue that kept it all together please
honor her and his sons by keeping them in your prayers.
Wilson - Man of Many Voices
I remember Fred speaking at church and he would go into
character. He was great. My condolences to Lois and the
boys. God Bless, The Wilsons
Venutolo - Rest in Peace
We met on You Tube after you saw my Rat Pack video. I hope
you're up there with Frank, Dino and Sammy in that big casino
in the sky...
Zielke - RIP Mr. Travalena
My Condolenses to Mrs, Travalena,Freddy,And Cory. I grew
up with Freddy,and Cory Mr.Travalena's two sons. My Name
is Michael Zielke, and i knew and was close too the travalenas
when i was a young child up too my early 20's.I do hope
that one of them will recieve this and know that im very
sorry for the family. They are a very wonderful family,
and too this day i wish that i would have still kept in
touch with them, especially Freddy, who was one of my closest
friends for many yrs.but life throws you many things, and
from what i know freddy,and cory have both gotten married.Anyhow,
I Miss you guys very,very,much, especially Mrs.Travalena,
she once was like another mother too me,back in the days
when we were growing up.Just know guys that Mr.Travalena
is in a WAY BETTER PLACE, looking down on us saying you
have no idea what we all are missing.If one of the Travalena's
should ever read this,please feel free too email me firstname.lastname@example.org.And
know that you three,are in my heart,and mind, and I Miss
you all very much.
- The Many Faces
As a kid growing up in the 70's, I would get excited to
see Fred when he appeared on the Tonight Show and The Love
Boat. He was able to take any celebrity impression and make
it his own. He was funny, outrageous and like nobody else.
I was miss him and all that he gave the world.
- He's amazing
I've watched every show, since the '70s, on which he was
scheduled to appear. What a talented man! I Thank YOU, Fred
Travalena, for sharing your wonderful talent with us, making
us laugh until our sides hurt. I'm in Canada, so I can't
leave a flower or card. I'll light a candle; just look down
and you'll see it. Rest well, Sweet Funny Man.
- The Laughs
As a child growing up with Fred on TV. He was funny without
being dirty. If you're gifted like Fred, you don't need
filth to promote you. He has Class #1 all the way. He will
be missed. Thanks for the laughs!
- Thanks for entertaining me!
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Fred's work & how
sad I was to hear of his passing, especially at such a young
age! He was a very talented man who brought the gift of
laughter & joy to so many people!
Curley - Very sad lose
I used to be news director and morning co-host on CBS Radio's
Smooth Jass WSJT 94.1 in Tampa St. Petersburg and remember
fondly having Fred on the show several times... He was really
a talented and great guy!!! I'm so sorry for what is a big
lose to the entertainment industry... He'll be really missed.
Passaro - A Class Act
I was working as the morning show for WLIR and Fred was
coming to promote his show at Westbury Music Fair. Fred
Came in at 7am and did three of best hours of radio I have
every heard!!! This after just flying in from the west coast
and have a show that night. This man was a true professional.
Heaven just got a whole lot funnier.
from NJ blondie_4414 on twitter - Fred a true blue talented
Why does it have to end. I think your talent was a gift
that you worked very hard on and it showed I can recall
watching you perform many nights on many shows you were
a standout a guy who brought and I am so sorry for your
family and friends,you gave 1000% what more can anyone ask
and Ihope you loved your life and work and that life was
good for you god bless rest in peace You were great not
- Thanks for all the laughter
I don't have any one specific memory, but just memories
of watching him on TV and laughing alot. Fred was a great
talent who made a young boy in a troubled home laugh. For
that I am grateful.
In a world of sadness,those that can make others laugh are
a very special kind.Be at peace Mr.Travalena.
DePoy - A VERY Funny man!
So sorry to hear this news. Yet another loss this week.
Such a funny man and a joy to watch over the years. Just
saw his Letterman clip - hilarious. He'll be making 'em
laugh in heaven! RIP Fred.