OBITUARY

Kenneth Harvey Curry

passed away peacefully April 17, 2020, following his loving wife Norma.

Ken was 17 when he enlisted in the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and travelled to England for training in WWII. He met the love of his life on a train (who also served in the war as a WAAF) and accompanied her to a wartime dance. They fell in love and married before Ken was shipped to the Battle of Dieppe, leaving his English bride behind to await his return. Ken was captured while storming the beach in Dieppe, and received a gunshot wound that healed while he was imprisoned in a German POW camp. Ken’s wife and family received a telegram stating he was dead, but he survived along with his brother who was imprisoned in the same camp. Ken remained in the POW camp for nearly three years, where he and his brother were released at the end of the war. Ken joined his wife and daughter, Lillian, in England before relocating his family back to his hometown in Stoney Creek, Ontario. They went on to have two more children and they raised their family in Stoney Creek before retiring and becoming snowbirds in Florida. In the 1980’s they relocated to BC to be close with their daughters. While in BC, Ken became a member of the Victoria Men’s Choir and sang at events across Vancouver Island. He was also a spokesperson for WWII and spoke together with his wife on their experiences in the war. They attended many schools and universities and provided a first-hand account of their wartime experience.

Throughout the years, Ken was honoured as a POW and Canadian soldier at events in Holland, Paris, on the beach in Dieppe and in his hometown where an annual parade is held in recognition of the soldiers who gave their life serving in the war. Ken, who was the last living soldier from Dieppe in his Infantry, travelled to Hamilton to take his place in this parade every year, the last time occurring in August 2019. He was given the distinct honour of his own motorcycle escort that accompanied him throughout the event. Special thanks the RHLI and Kevin Ellis and the members of the North Wall Riders Association. Ken will be greatly missed by those who survive him, including his daughter Lillian (Bill), sister-in-law Verena (Alan), brother-in-law Brian (Muriel), granddaughter Carene (Jeff) and great grandchildren Brittany, Alexis, William and Logan. He will be missed by his dear friend Bob Ganner. We wish to thank Dr. Nicoll, Dr. Wray, Cathy Rosenberg and the nurses and staff at Broadmead Lodge. There will be a celebration of life held on a later date, due to Covid-19. The RHLI regiment in Ontario will be honoring Ken’s service to our country at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Wounded Warriors, 10 Byron Street South, Suite 4, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 4P8.

Messages of condolences may be left for Ken’s family at www.firstmemorialsaanich.com and kenneth-harvey-curry.forevermissed.com.

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Jake Giacomelli

May 16, 2020

Ken Sr. and Ken Jr. use to sell their army jeeps from my car lot Fair Sake Jake's in the 70's. Both men were great guys and the laughs we had back then were endless. Nothing but great memories and good times had by all.

Ken Sr. was also my commanding officer as a cadet in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlander cadet corp. Again fond memories of our time back then. He always treated us boys good. Sleep well.

Your pal Jake

Lynn Deakin

May 15, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. My memories of you Dad and your Mom are over the years my dad Jack McFarland and Fred Engelbrecht would get together at my Dads place and call your Dad. They would talk on the speaker phone for at least an hour or more.First talking to Norma then the three of them would reminisce. When Ken and Norma would make it back to Hamilton it was met with great anticipation. They were a lovely couple and I met them in person a number of times. When my dad Jack passed the morning after Norma we were devastated and Ken coming to the funeral we were so honoured. He is with the love of his life and comrades again.I am honoured to have know Ken. Love to your Family

Valerie Thornton

May 14, 2020

I will miss my Uncle Ken very much. For many years throughout my childhood , Sunday’s involved a trip to see Aunty Norma & Uncle Ken in Stoney Creek , so that my Mom could visit with her sister. As I would get out of the car , Uncle Ken would always be right there smiling away . He would greet me with, “hello my little pudding, with a cherry on top, my little chickadee, my little lamb chop, my little cherub”, etc, Thinking back now it was always a run on sentence of some type to get me laughing with a bunch of these warm and friendly variations. I remember feeling special, like he was so happy to see me! I loved swimming in his pool and going to the dairy for ice cream. As I became a teenager, I recall being fascinated by all the war mementos in the basement and upstairs office, although I didn’t realize their significance at the time..I so loved listening to all his stories...When I got to University I decided to do a degree in History , in addition to a Social Work degree . At the time, this combination had never been done before and drove administration crazy since it crossed two different faculties but I thought the subjects paired perfectly... I chose History because of my Uncle.
As an adult, I grew to appreciate him and his sacrifice during WW2 even more. I was so pleased when he and Aunty came to my wedding from BC. I did my best over the years to try and send him articles about Dieppe and the RHLI so he wouldn’t miss a thing happening in Hamilton. I will truly miss seeing him every year in August at the ceremony honouring him. I never missed it , even when using a walker myself after herniating a disc in my back.
Rest peacefully Uncle Ken. Do know that you made a lot of people very happy with your kindness and humour.
Love always your niece, Valerie.

John Adam

May 13, 2020

Ken and Norma have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I had cancer as a child, so a lot of my childhood was stolen from me and wasn’t very pleasant. My father knew Ken through the militia, and they formed a friendship outside of their involvement in the reserves in Hamilton.
This is one of my fondest memories: My parents, my sister Trish and I lived in a tiny house on Quebec Street and we were just little kids. I am not sure of the exact year, but I believe it was Christmas Eve, 1969 when Ken and Norma arrived at our house late in the evening. My mum and dad had just got my sister and I to settle down for the night, however, Ken was banging on the front door and he woke us up. The next thing we knew, my Trish and I were happily opening our gifts early, and I remember how excited Ken and Norma were to see us opening our presents. That Christmas was one of the brightest and most cherished times in my otherwise bleak childhood.
Throughout the years, as we grew up, we would spend countless days at Ken and Norma’s house in Stoney Creek. In the summer, we would spend so much time swimming in the pool, that our skin would be all wrinkled when we finally did come out. Other times, we would be there for dinner, and I distinctly remember Ken sending me home with a turkey leg as big as my fist, and even though my mum knew he was giving the leg to me, he took me aside and said, now you can munch on that in your bedroom after everyone is asleep later tonight. It was our little secret.
When I was young, I had no idea that Ken had been a prisoner of war, and I would not appreciate that aspect of his history until I was much more mature, later on in life. And even though I was young, I was keenly aware that both Ken and Norma were special people. They always showed us kindness and love. I was always excited to know that we were going to spend some time with the Curry’s as a family.
I am very grateful that Ken and Norma were a part of my life. Their influence

Cathy Iverson

May 13, 2020

I knew both ken and norman,for several years ,through their daughter lillian.it was a pleasure to be around them both.they had a good sense of humor and their visits to becher bay were filled with laughter....they will be missed .farewell ...kev and cathy ,port renfrew

Russ J Brown

May 9, 2020

Goodbye to our family friend,
Ken and our dad, Russell Brown, grew up together in Fruitland Ontario.
They both served our country overseas, Ken with the RHLI and our dad with the Royal Canadian Dragoon’s, luckily they both came home. Ken and
his lovely wife Norma, were lifelong friends with our mom Catherine, and
our dad until our dad’s passing in 1971. Ken and Norma always came to visit our mom when they were here visiting family and friends on their yearly trip from British Columbia. Our mom was so pleased to see how good they were treated at the Dieppe service at the beach memorial.
Our family has great memories of our good times with Ken, Norma, Lillian,
Verena and Kenny whether it was here in Hamilton or spending the summers swimming, fishing, camping and boating on Beausoleil island at
Honey Harbour.
To Lillian and family, our deepest condolences from the Brown family.
Rest In Peace Ken...a true gentleman.
Sincerely...Russ J Brown

Marita McClory (nee Bird)

April 25, 2020

Dear Lillian and Family
I surely recall how you loved your dad so very much ... your two favourite guys William and Dad ... so much love Lillian that your parents gave to you and your siblings ... it was so evident in the fun times at your sisters house and at the holidays (although the snowbirds were not always there at Christmas) I just have such nice memories of your parents and family
May the Love of CHRIST JESUS be a comfort that surpasses all understanding during this soul and heart wrenching time
thank you Ken and Norma for all the love and kindness you taught and shared with so many .. near and far
affectionately and respectfully
Marita

Phil Scheiding

April 24, 2020

What an honour it was to meet you and have the privilege to escort you twice to the dieppe monument as a member of northwall riders. I was lucky enough to have a picture with you which i proudly displayed at my office. We are all so proud of you, as hamiltonians and canadians. God bless you soldier.

Laura Clausen

April 24, 2020

RIP brave sir. My son was so honoured to have met Mr. Curry briefly in August at the memorial. I'm sure if given the opportunity, he would have chatted Mr Curry's ear off. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Glen MacMillan

April 24, 2020

I was super fortunate to be asked by Kevin of the NWRA if I would like to help escort this amazing man from Pearson Int Airport into Hamilton. I could not have ridden with more pride and honour with any other human being in that limo. This man was a war hero and one of the very last remaining Dieppe solders.
Upon our arrival in Hamilton we had a small chat, which I will forever be grateful for and will always cherish the wisdom you spoke to me.
Thank you for your service and enduring everything a post war soldier must endure for such a very long time and somehow remain sane.
May you Rest In Peace and have fun revisiting all those who you fought beside and went ahead of you to prepare your place. Try to stay out of mischievous adventures with them all... lol

Glen A MacMillan

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