William “Billy” Joseph Curry, 83, of North Wildwood, New Jersey and Marco Island, Florida passed away peacefully on January 6, 2023, in North Wildwood.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Margaret Anne Curry (née Doyle); his children, William Curry Jr., Wynne Dillon (Daniel Dillon), and Stevenson Curry (Colleen Powers); his sister, Joanne Sheridan (née Curry [Ronald, deceased]); his grandchildren, Kerry Anne, Deanna, Adair, and Eamon; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and many close friends.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1939, Bill was the fifth of six children and the only son of the late William and Winifred (née Lawler) Curry and grew up in the Schuylkill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Bill worked for Philadelphia Electric Company/PECO Energy until his retirement. He and Peggy owned and operated a small hotel in North Wildwood (The Cherry Hill) and together started an electrical contracting business (Curry Electric, Inc.).
Bill enjoyed watching the Eagles and Phillies, rooting for college basketball and football, and spending time with his dog, Molly. He would often strike up conversations with other dog owners he would encounter while walking Molly by the beach in North Wildwood. He was a very social and outgoing person, and the richness of his life is demonstrated by the close friends he enjoyed spending time with over his many years. In both his professional and personal lives, William embodied the values of hard work, kindness, generosity, integrity, and pride, and lived a full life prioritizing family over self while also finding time to do that which he enjoyed.
He is predeceased by his parents and his sisters Eleanor “Nancy” Peterson (Jack), Geraldine Tobash (Edward), Margaret Jarzyna (Stanley), and Virginia “Pootsie” Staskin.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass 10:30 A.M. Thursday, January 12, 2023 at St. Dorothy's Church, 4910 Township Line Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026 where friends may call 9-10:15 A.M. at the Church. Interment Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA 19064.
As an expression of sympathy, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to one of Bill’s favorite charities: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105; Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa FL 33607 or the Katie Kirlin Fund, 229 Wolf Street, Philadelphia PA 19148.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105
Shriners Hospitals for Children
2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa FL 33607
Katie Kirlin Fund
229 Wolf Street, Philadelphia PA 19148