Gerald Addison Curtin Sr.
November 8, 1936 – October 11, 2020
Gerald A. Curtin, Sr. died after a long illness on Sunday, October 11, 2020 in Wilmington, N.C. at the age of 83.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Linda M. Curtin; his daughter Pamela Curtin; his son Gerald Jr. and daughter-in-law Alicia Brabazon and grandchildren Addison, Tara, Lucy and Christopher. He was predeceased by his siblings Carol Morcom-Harneis, Jane Curtin, and Jack Curtin.
Gerry was born in Manhattan on November 8, 1936, and spent his formative years in Richmond Hill, Queens with his family and his first cousins. He attended St. Francis Prep and St. Francis College in Brooklyn, and remained a faithful and loyal alumnus of the University.
Gerry's career took him around the globe. In his early years, he worked as a contractor on the Polaris Missile program, the Navy's first submarine-launched ballistic missile. He then spent several years working as a contractor supporting military radar systems, and was stationed in Nome, Alaska, Greenland, and Scarborough, England. He returned to the US and worked in several jobs before being hired by Manufacturers Hanover Bank, where he helped develop systems and software used to transfer funds between financial institutions. He remained in the position when Manufactures was taken over by Chase Manhattan, and retired after 20 years total with the banks. Working in funds transfer, he traveled regularly, including lengthy annual trips to Asia and Europe.
Gerry learned to ski while working overseas, and became an avid skier. He and Linda were both members of the Sperry Ski Club on Long Island, NY, where they met, and were active club members for over 50 years.
He spent many years involved with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a scoutmaster with Gerald's troop in Mahwah, NJ, including up to the time Gerald became an Eagle Scout, and continued serving at the troop and Bergen County council level for many years. He was awarded the Boys Scouts Silver Beaver award, which recognizes adult volunteers for exceptional service to Scouting.
When he moved to St. James in 2001, Gerry learned to play golf, and loved the game and the friends he made.
Family was the center of Gerry's world - his wife, children and grandchildren, his siblings and their families, and his large family of Curtin cousins. Gerry was also close with his Kuchler, Lyons, Donohue, Sylvester, and Cahill cousins. He also enjoyed the genealogy of the Curtin family and tracing their extended roots, and even attended several gatherings of Clan Curtin featuring Curtins from around the world.
Outside of his family, one of his proudest achievements was the endowment of a Curtin Scholarship at St. Francis College. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Francis College and in the memo indicate Gerald Curtin Scholarship, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Southport, NC on Thursday, October 22 at 11 am. Those wishing to attend must reserve a place by visiting https://sacredheartsouthport.org/ or by calling the church at 910-457-6173 to pre-register. A burial and celebration of life will take place in New York at a future date.
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Gerald Addison Curtin Sr.
October 15, 2020
Dear Linda and family, We wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the loss of Gerry. And we hope you find comfort in the fact that there are special people in our life that never leave us even after they are gone. With Love Mary and Sonny DePatto
October 14, 2020
Dear Linda and Family;
We are sorry that Gerry suffered these past years and for your loss. He was truly one of a kind from his incredible recall for past family events & history, to his attention to details (like laying out a tarp to capture spent brass at the firing range). We are so happy to have shared time and memories with you and he for the past 20 years. God bless you and Gerry!
Bill & Tesa Kuchler
October 13, 2020
Dear Linda, Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on Gerry's passing. It was so nice to be able to meet and chat with you both at the Curtin Clan Gatherings. You, Gerry and your family will be remembered in our prayers.
Joan Bentley Curtin
October 13, 2020
Dear Linda and family
So sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences.
Sincerely Margaret & David in Australia