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Obituary for William Curry

William Curry
William "Bill" Curry, 82, died Monday, March 6, 2017 at The Atrium @ Drum Hill in Chelmsford. He leaves his wife of 62 years, Melissa "Mitzi" (Duckett) Curry; his daughter, Kelly Ally; his son Rand Curry and daughter-in-law Karen Curry; his daughter, Shannon Curry Hartmann and son-in-law Brian Curry Hartmann; his son Alan Curry and daughter-in-law Laura Curry; his sister Dorothy Matlack; his sister Louise Sommer; his brother Richard Curry; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Born and raised in Grampian, Pennsylvania, the son of Charles and Hazel (Pentz) Curry, Bill lived in Chelmsford for 52 years.

Early years were spent in Pennsylvania. Always a hard worker, Bill picked strawberries and reupholstered furniture as a kid. He played trombone in his highschool band and majored in Electrical Engineering at Penn State, graduating in 1956, one year after marrying his love, Mitzi.

Bill was an Officer in the Air Force for three years. His career years began in circuit board design in the late-1950's. He worked his way up to CEO of several tech companies through the 1970's, '80's and '90's. He also served on a few Boards of Directors.

Bill was an active and well-loved member of the West Chelmsford United Methodist Church, serving on the Finance Committee for 38 years.

Known as "Bampi" to his grandkids, Bill relished time with Mitzi, children and grandchildren in Hilton Head, South Carolina during the rare occasions when he fully stepped away from work obligations to host family or dear friends. An avid tennis player, Bill enjoyed good health for most of his life. Bill and Mitzi saved and sacrificed to put four children through college. He spoke his mind with full conviction but rarely uttered a word in anger. Bill regularly ran behind schedule for non-work events, putting in extra effort to fulfill commitments to his high standards. He was respected as a loyal mentor, sincere straight-shooter, trusted advisor and consummate gentleman to all he encountered, whether socially or professionally. Bill was a strict parent, while encouraging and enabling each to pursue their own path and finally, accommodating, adoring, and beloved by each of his and Mitzi's grandchildren.

A funeral service was held March 9, 2017 from BLAKE CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen Street, CHELMSFORD, MA 01824, with private burial. If friends are so inclined, please consider donating to: The Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.
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