OBITUARY

Fr. Gerald Joseph Curry

6 August , 193410 March , 2019

Rev. Gerald Joseph Curry, SFM, a warm and gentle man of God, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2019, surrounded by family, friends and caregivers at the CND Health Care Centre, MacGillivray Guest Home, Sydney, Nova Scotia. He was in his 85th year.

Born in Sydney on August 6, 1934, Fr. Curry was the adoptive son of John and Margaret (Gillis) Curry. He was ordained to the Scarboro Foreign Mission Society on August 21, 1960, and spent his first 15 years of priesthood in Japan. He returned to Canada to serve as Editor of Scarboro Missions magazine, a position he held from 1975-1979 and again from 1989-2003. He was elected to Society leadership as a member of the General Council from 1978-1982. Through his work as Editor, his involvement in the Canadian Church media, and as one of the founders of the Central Mission Conference, he promoted mission education, focusing on social justice, the integrity of creation, the empowerment of women, refugees and all who are poor and marginalized. He was also instrumental in establishing Scarboro Missions’ interfaith ministry beginning in 1996. Restless for the Reign of God, Fr. Curry was an outspoken witness to the Gospel and to “the things that make for peace” (Luke 19:42).

He is survived by his sister Carol, brother-in-law Ernie Gilhen, and their children Jennifer, Mark and Scott (Jen) of Halifax; brother John (late Theresa) of Reno, Nevada; and brother Donnie Ward, Sydney, with whom Fr. Curry resided for 16 years following his retirement from Scarboro Missions. He is predeceased by his parents; brothers Cecil, Francis and Donald (Alice); sisters Eleanor Curry and Margaret (William) Ward.

Fr. Curry resided at Parkland retirement residence in Sydney from 2016 until he was transferred to MacGillivray Guest Home shortly before his death. Special thanks and abundant blessings to the Sisters of Notre Dame and to all caregivers who looked after Fr. Gerry in his end of life journey.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 16, at 11:15 am at Presentation Manor, the Scarboro Missions new residence at 61 Fairfax Street, Scarborough, Ontario.

Visitation will be Monday, March 18, 2019, 2:00-4:00 pm at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George Street, Sydney. Fr. Curry will be welcomed at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish church, 40 Cabot Street, Sydney, at 7:00 pm Monday for an evening Prayer Vigil. The funeral Mass will take place Tuesday, March 19, at 11 am, followed by a reception in the church foyer. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks. Family flowers only please. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Scarboro Missions or to the charity of choice.

  • FAMILY

  • John Curry, Father
  • Margaret Curry, Mother
  • Carol Gilhen, Sister
  • Ernie Gilhen, Brother-in-law
  • Jennifer Gilhen, Niece
  • Mark Gilhen, Nephew
  • Scott Gilhen, Nephew
  • John Curry, Brother
  • Theresa Curry, Sister-in-law
  • Donnie Ward, Brother
  • Cecil Curry, Brother
  • Francis Curry, Brother
  • Donald Curry, Brother
  • Alice Curry, Sister-in-law
  • Eleanor Curry, Sister
  • Margaret Ward, Sister
  • William Ward, Brother-in-law

Services

  • Visitation Monday, 18 March , 2019
  • Vigil Monday, 18 March , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, 19 March , 2019
REMEMBERING

Fr. Gerald Joseph Curry

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elizabeth flinn

19 March 2019

Sincere condolences to Fr.Curry's Scarborough Mission Family. Fr. Curry will always be remembered
fondly as an acquaintance who was a key player in a crisis situation. I had the great honour
of sharing in his wisdom approximately 36 years ago.( St. Peter's Church, across from my grandad's
house in Dartmouth N.S.)What a blessing! Words cannot convey! The Lord will truly be saying
'Well Done'.

Isabel Steele

17 March 2019

Carol my deepest sympathy to you as well as your family for your loss.
May all of your treasured memories of your brother be of comfort to you at this sad time.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Bob Anderson

16 March 2019

Gerry and I were classmates at the SFM noviciate in St. Marys Ontario. Our friendship continued over the years. Recently we had a chat by phone and renewed memories of the "old days"

He was always kind, a good listener, down to earth, and positive. In my opinion, a great example of what a priest should be.

God bless Gerry !!

Bob Anderson

Jessie O'Keefe

16 March 2019

So sorry to hear of Fr. Gerry's passing. My sympathies to you all at this difficult time. Father Gerry was a very kind man and will be missed.. Jessie O'Keefe

Mike MacDonald

16 March 2019

Condolences from Mexico to Father Gerry's fanily and to the Scarboro Foreign Mission's family. Father Gerry touched many lives...and always in a blessed way.

Dan and Donna MacRury

16 March 2019

Dear Donnie and family
Please accept our sincere condolences on Fr Gerry’s passing. He was such a kind and gentle man.
Thinking of you during this sad and difficult time.
Dan and Donna MacRury

Alison (Currie) MacIsaac

15 March 2019

Donnie & Family ~
My deepest sympathy on the loss of someone so very special. Father Gerry was such a sweet, caring, compassionate man; always so supportive of others. My Dad, Blaise, thought the world of him, and so did we; his presence in our family was always cherished. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you on your loss.

Colleen O'Leary, CND

14 March 2019

Thinking of you at this difficult time and sending my deepest sympathy, support and prayers. Gerry was a very kind and gentle man who touched many lives. People were richer for having known him.

Fr. Andrew Macbeth

14 March 2019

Dear Donnie and all the members of Gerry's Family,

I was indeed so saddened to hear about Gerry's death. However, we all know that he was a man of great faith and conviction. I feel so fortunate to have had my visits with Gerry last July while on my vacation. They were all too short but now so providential.

Gerry had provided occasional weekend assistance for about 10 years when I was pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Whitby, Ontario. Many of those parishioners at that time have extremely fond memories of Gerry who always brought to his ministry, a smile along with the message of the Good News.
Since 1993 we have remained friends and he will indeed be missed and never forgotten. He was without a doubt a good and faithful servant in the Lord's Service. I along with so many feel so fortunate to have shared some of life's journey with our brother Gerry!

Most Sincerely,

Fr. Andy Macbeth
St. Margaret of Scotland Church
222 Ridley Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario
M5M 3M6

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY