OBITUARY

John "Stu" Curtis

July 30, 1938May 20, 2013

John Stuart Curtis, “Stu”, died at home on May 20th, he was born in Marblehead on July 30, 1938. Raised in Marblehead, he worked collecting fares on the ferries and for Mort Brown at the turkey farm. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a machinist on the USS Pascumsic. Upon his return he married Patricia Doliber, worked at the GE Riverworks then formed his own company Curtis Fence Co. He was father of Tammy J. (Angel) Marrero of Peabody, and Pamela A. (Jay) Leroux of Delaware. He was active and life member of the Gerry 5, VFA, Market Square Associates, and the Okos. Divorced, he then married Caroline “Chicki” Smith becoming step dad to Richard H. (Jenn) Smith of Durham, NH, and Craig (Leeanne) Smith of Marblehead. He sold his company in 1987 and moved to Englewood, FL., worked in real estate, commercial landscaping, and doing favors volunteering and helping out neighbors and neighborhoods projects often before they realized they needed help. He took an interest in his wife’s Christmas village (a turn of the century Marblehead) adding more and more table space, trains, trolleys, etc(now donated to the Gerry 5). It was being kind to a stranger’s grandchild who was afraid of a hammock when he fell breaking his neck and suffering a spinal cord injury; technically becoming a quadriplegic. He became proficient in driving his motorized wheelchair, racing across the causeway and around the Whittemore arena while at his grandsons hockey games. He enjoyed reading, watching sports, sitting in the sun, and the Tuesday club. Brother of Bill (Ruth) Curtis, Sandra Callaghan, and the late Dick Curtis; Papa and Ampa to Jason Gilbert , Brandon Marrero ,Melissa and Samantha Leroux, Sam ,Cooper, Eli and Lydia Smith. He leaves many first cousins also. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Gerry 5 Scholarship fund, attention Joan C., 210 Beacon Street, Marblehead, MA 01945, the Market Square Scholarship Fund, 62 Pleasant Street, Box 14, Marblehead, MA. 01945, or to the Lynch Van Otterloo YMCA (what about you.com) A memorial service will be held at the Dr. Arland A. Dirlam Chapel at Waterside Cemetery, 294 West Shore Drive, Marblehead on Wednesday, May 29 at 11AM. Burial to immediately follow and then a gathering at the Gerry 5 at 12PM. Visiting hours will be held at the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead on Tuesday from 4-8 PM.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Tuesday, May 28, 2013
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, May 29, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Burial to immediately follow and then a gathering at the Gerry 5 at 12PM.
REMEMBERING

John "Stu" Curtis

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June 1, 2013

chicki and family we will always remember stu as a friend he was a big man who had a big heart always willing to do for others to us he will be remembered as the father and brother of our favorite gathering place for the men of the Sanctuary ' THE MANCAVE. if you were looking for Stu and couldn't find him at home just head for the garden and mancave he was there making walking sticks or communing with his buddies laughing and planning a new project.We miss you Stu God bless the Curtis family Woody and Bev Bumgardner

June 1, 2013

I met Stu while walking my dog from the neighboring Fiddler's Green. Stu would always have some water for my dog on the hot days in Fl. He and his friends built a nice area to gather, they would garden and make walking sticks. Stu was always right in the middle of all the activities. A Great and Humble Man. Sandra Majdanik

May 29, 2013

Hello Curtis Family, I worked for Stu building fences when i got out of the service. I remember Stu as a gentle giant with big heart. I will miss him. Earle Dumas

Robin Symonds

May 29, 2013

I was very sorry to learn of Stu's passing. I will miss working with him at musters with the Gerry and Okos and particularly at musters in Marblehead.

May 28, 2013

Dear Chicki - We didn't know Stu very long but quickly realized how well respected he was at the Sanctuary. I am the proud owner of one of the whittled 'sticks' and will think of Stu every time I use it.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to your and your family.
Nancy Allison
Joe Santaniello

May 28, 2013

Jack and I were so sorry to hear of Stu's passing. He was so helpful to everyone at the Sanctuary, always working on some project to make the place better. Our deepest sympathy to you Chicki and your family.

Jack and Jan Hughes

May 28, 2013

How lucky we were to have known him. Our boys will cherish their memories of the trains at Christmas at The Sanctuary for many years. We're so sorry for your loss Mrs. Chickie...our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Julie, Pat, Brennan & Brody (Dee and John Caruso granddaughter and great grandsons)

May 27, 2013

"Dear Chicki, We are so sorry and saddened with Stu's passing. Through our lives we have many acquaintances but very few "true friends". Stu was a "true friend" and will be greatly missed. We wish you the very best".
Love Always, Kathy & Jerry

Stephanie Jack

May 27, 2013

Stu was a good person, kind man, fun and giving of his time and talents. I think of him often. Every time I look at my cribbage board, I smile, remembering all of our poolside games of cribbage. The walking stick is part of my home that he carved for me. You are both wonderful people and so good together. I wish you peace and comfort knowing how much we all loved him!

May 27, 2013

Dear Chickie,
We are so sorry to hear about Stu. Our
thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dick & Reggie Ruzicka