James E. Curtis, 91, of Mashpee, died on July 5, 2015. He was the loving husband of Carolyn (Gordon) Curtis for 39 years.
Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Everett and Ruth Curtis. Jim was in the Navy during WWII and proudly served on the USS Braine in the South Pacific. He enjoyed travelling, music, jokes, camping, but most of all his family. He was the husband of Carolyn(Gordon) Curtis, and the devoted father of Dorothy (Steven) Dilworth of Southport, NC, Maureen (Paul) Cooper of Malden , Kevin Curtis of Houston TX, Mary (Paul) Winsor of Burlington, John Curtis of Miami Beach, FL, Thomas Curtis of Malden, Jane Blake of Malden, Stephen (Roberta) Curtis of East Falmouth, Marie Buccieri of Brockton and Elizabeth Aherne of Malden.
He was pre-deceased by his first wife Lillian who died in a tragic auto accident in 1972 leaving behind 9 children.
He leaves behind 17 grandchildren whom he loved with all his heart. Jennifer (Blake) Callisimitto, Katie (Blake) Alfieri, Richard Blake, Patricia Blake, Michael Cooper, Kathleen Cooper, Daniel Winsor, Marc Dilworth, Sean Dilworth, Ryan Dilworth, Marissa Dilworth, Briana Dilworth, Neil Curtis, Megan Aherne, Stephen Curtis, Edward Buccieri and Stephanie Buccieri.
He was thrilled to be a great granddad to 7, Matthew Calsimitto, Chole Alfieri, John Alfieri, Frederick Cooper, Jameson Dilworth, Abigail Allard and William Dilworth. These children will never know how much he loved them, and how they brightened his days. He had all their photos posted in his room at the nursing home and proudly told anyone who would listen all about them.
In addition, he leaves behind sister in law Cynthia Gordon, and many nieces and nephews, including Fr. Lawrence Pratt.
He was the loving brother of the late Agnes and Frank Curtis, and Helen Cheverie.
He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, The Mashpee Senior Citizen Group, and a volunteer with St. Vincent DePaul Society and Eucharistic Minister at Christ the King Parish, where he went to daily Mass until his poor health limited his mobility.
When he was old enough to enlist during WWII, he dropped out of high school and signed up for the Navy. Throughout his life he always regretted that he had not completed high school and made sure that his children would all get a good education. In 2012, his daughter Jane Blake heard about a program called Operation Recognition that provided high school diploma’s for service members who left school early to serve, and who had been honorably discharged from the Service. The Chelsea School Department issued him a diploma with the Class of 2012. He said he never thought he would have a diploma and it was one of the best days of his life.
Jim loved to tell a joke, or a funny story, and frequently started with “ Hey, did you hear the one about…..”, and proceed to tell the story. He had jokes of all occasions.
He loved to sing and whistle. Sometimes, the whistle was not always a good thing. On Sundays in the summer, the family would jump into the big blue station wagon and be off for the day, going to a lake, or beach. Dad would always have us singing the old songs, but when he stopped signing and started to whistle, that usually meant he was lost. No GPS back in the 60’s!
He loved watching sports and enjoyed football the most. He liked baseball, but was not a Red Sox fan, he preferred the Yankees. This is one thing the rest of the family did not agree with.
He was a hard working man who had a deep love of God and his family. He will be missed by all who loved him.
Visiting hours will be from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, July 9th at the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road, Marstons Mills. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am on Friday at Christ the King Parish, 3 Job's Fishing Road, Mashpee. Burial will follow at 1:30 pm at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Vincent DePaul of Christ the King, P.O. Box 1800, Mashpee, MA 02649.