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JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS

OBITUARY

Alexander "Ross" Curtis

August 6, 1931June 25, 2020

It is with the greatest sadness that the family of Ross Curtis announces his sudden but peaceful death on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at his home in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Alexander Ross Curtis was born in Tredegar, UK, on August 6, 1931. He attended school and University in Swansea, Wales, studying Modern Languages. He was an instructor in the Education Corps during his military service, and then was offered a post in the University of Toronto’s French Department where he was a highly respected teacher and administrator. In 1964 he married Judy, a former student, who became a faculty member as well. In 1966 he completed a doctorate for the Sorbonne (University of Paris). On retiring with the rank of Associate Professor, the Curtises moved to Halifax where they enjoyed sixteen happy years. In the words of his brother-in-law, Jack Schoon: ‘I will remember Ross for many things, including his curiosity, his love of language and languages. His keen desire to listen to radio from around the world, his love of theatre. His love and care for family and friends. His loyalty, gentleness, generosity and compassion, his sense of humour. His pride in Judy’s abilities. His talent for music, competence in the kitchen, enthusiasm for food, interest in wine-making. His love of scholarship. His pioneering efforts in film and video creation. He remembered the language of his native Wales but eagerly embraced the future of technology and computers. He never complained about his health problems of which he had many. He pricked the bombast of fools with wit and wisdom of which he had much. I shall always remember his laughter and zest for living.’ He was deeply loved and is dearly missed by his wife Judith Ann (Millington), his sister-in-law Linda (Millington) Loth and her partner Jack. Ross made heroic efforts to ensure that his mother was able to end her life as she wished, in her own home and bed. We take comfort in the fact that circumstances, and the VON, allowed him to do the same. Any donations in remembrance might be made to The Arthritis Society or VON..

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Carole Tovell

July 8, 2020

Dear Judy:
I was thinking of you today and so wanted to find you again. I am so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. My memories are from our first year at U of T and your role as Jeanne d'Arc in the play that was directed by Ross. And then your wedding and your successes as a professor at U of T Scarborough. As the years passed, I lost touch with you but the other day I came across a lovely note from you but no address in Halifax. I would dearly love to reconnect in time and am sending you my love and sympathy. I'll end with a bit of humour. Do you remember Ross would always say: "We're going Curtibus" - from the Latin, of course!
Love from Carole Tovell, 1273 Garcia Street, Mississauga, ON L5V 2W8 (365) 220-7500. caroletovell@gmail.com

Brenda MacKenzie

July 2, 2020

So very sad to see Ross's obituary in the paper this morning. I am so very sorry for your loss Judy. My sincere condolences.
Brenda

Lawrie Duggan

June 30, 2020

I had the true pleasure of spending an evening dining with my cousin Judith and Ross last year in Lunenburg. Talking with Ross that evening was truly a pleasure that will remain a fond memory for me.
My thoughts are with you Judith. Treasure the good memories.

Marybeth Duggan

June 30, 2020

Dear Judith,
I am very saddened to learn of Ross’s death. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss.
Much love always,
Marybeth

ERic and Mary Ellen Duggan

June 30, 2020

So sorry to hear of the passing of Ross. Our condolences to you.

Eric and Mary Ellen

Judy Houlihan

June 30, 2020

The world has lost a gentle kind man - one of a kind. He will be dearly missed by many. Conolences to his wife, Judy, and other family members. He remains forever in your hearts.
Judy Houlihan, Mayflower Doll Club

Linda Walker

June 30, 2020

So sorry for your loss Judith. It appears he was a gentle, kind man and has contributed greatly to a better world.. May he Rest In Peace.. He was also blessed to have you in his life. Sending my deepest sympathy and Love..

Sue Robinson

June 29, 2020

I remember Professor Curtis from my days at U of T, as a wise being with a gentle sense of humour. And, more recently, as a loving husband to Judy and a warm, genuine seeker- philosopher; a true friend to brother-and-sister-in-law Jack Schoon and Linda Loth, as we gathered a few times together. Gentle passage, Ross; you made the world a better place.

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