Laurence M. Curtis Jr.

October 12, 1940January 9, 2013
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Laurence M. Curtis, Jr. “Larry,” of Swansea, Massachusetts, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at The Royal of Fairhaven. He was the husband of Martha (Hayden) Curtis to whom he has been married for the past 33 years.

Born in Boston, the eldest son of the late Laurence M. and Millicent (Shaw) Curtis, he lived in Newton Centre and South Easton before moving to Swansea in 2001.

Mr. Curtis was a graduate of Newton High School and attended the United States Naval Academy before graduating from Wentworth Institute Boston and New England College in Henniker, NH. He was a United States Navy Veteran and served in the Naval Reserve in Boston.

A contract engineer, Mr. Curtis worked for the former Factory Insurance Association F.I.A./I.R.I in Philadelphia, PA, before being hired by Factory Mutual Engineering Association (now F.M. Global) in Norwood, MA in 1971. He retired from Factory Mutual as an Appraisal Training Manager in 1999. He was a senior member of the American Society of Appraisers.

Mr. Curtis was a member of the First Christian Congregational Church, the Cedar Cove Club, and Coles River Club all in Swansea.

A ham radio operator, he held a membership in the Amateur Radio Relay League (A.R.R.L). He was a member of the Hereshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI, the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine, and Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT. He was also a member of the Catboat Association.

Surviving in addition to his wife, brother; Craig S. Curtis and his wife Sandra S. of Block Island, RI, sister; Holly Curtis of Stonington, CT, mother-in-law; Martha W. Hayden of Swansea, nephews; Brian S. Curtis of Dallas, TX, Sean S. Curtis of Stonington, CT, Ian W. Sloane of Milton, MA, niece, Amelia Sloane Hoyt of Warren, RI, great nephews; Cole A. and Kyle M. Curtis and their mother Bridget E. Murphy and great niece; Cassandra Hoyt.

His service will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:00AM at the First Christian Congregational Church, 1113 G.A.R. Highway, Swansea. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours will be held Friday from 4:00 to 7:00PM in the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Birchcrest, 189 Gardners Neck Rd., Swansea. Contributions in his honor may be made to the First Christian Congregational Church "The Olde White Church," attention: memorial fund, 1113 G.A.R. Highway, Swansea, MA 02777 or to the Carolyn Sampson Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund at Joseph Case High School, P.O. Box 33, Swansea, MA 02777. Burial private.



  • Visitation Friday, January 18, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 19, 2013


  • Burial Private

Laurence M. Curtis Jr.

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January 23, 2013

So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. I'll always remember the great times at FM bowling.

Chris Cobb

Dave Spencer

January 18, 2013

I so enjoyed the conversations at the Coles River Club events over the last few years and missed both Larry and Marthas attendance in more recent events. Glad he is in a better place and free of discomfort.

Alex Covell

January 17, 2013

Craig & Holly
Sorry to hear about Larry's passing. Blessings and best of memories to you and your families.

Bob and Michelle Zahn

January 17, 2013


We were saddened to hear of Larry's passing. He was a great guy and we were honored to have known him and called him a friend. Bob & Michelle Zahn

Linda McCarthy-Hobbs

January 16, 2013

I was very sorry to hear that my old friend Chip had passed away. I am so glad that I got to visit with you at the last Newton North High School reunion. Will always remember the great years at Weeks. You were a great guy and I am honored to have been your friend when we were young.


January 16, 2013

Thank you Mr. Curtis for your service to our country, rest in peace.

Lloyd & Rosi Bokman

January 15, 2013

Martha, Rosi and I will always remember the wonderful time we had with you and Larry during some great meals after some long meetings. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Betty & Kyle Armbrecht

January 14, 2013

So sorry to hear the news. We really enjoyed sharing cookouts at the Cedar Cove Club. Larry always had a positive comment, great conversationalist. We'll miss his smiling face.

Leona Nisbet

January 14, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Larry. I will always remember the very special times we had together.
With Love and Sincerest Sympathy
Leona Nisbet