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Jerome W. Curtis, Sr.  

Jerome W. Curtis, Sr.
“Jerry”

April 6, 1943 – April 24, 2017

Jerome W. Curtis, Sr., age 74, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully, while surrounded by his family, on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Jerry was born in Shoaf, PA on April 6, 1943, and was the son of the late Raymond and Mildred (Rhodes) Curtis. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Jerry made his career with Fisher Scientific, where he worked as a warehouse supervisor and office manager, in Silver Springs, MD and later, Newark, DE.

An avid sports fan, he was a standout basketball player in his youth and looked forward to cheering on his favorite team, the Washington Redskins, each season. Jerry adored country music, and was especially fond of Willie Nelson. Above all else, he was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed by all.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his son, Jerome W. Curtis, Jr.; 4 brothers; and 2 sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of over 40 years, Virginia L. “Ginger” Curtis; children, Stephanie M. Curtis of Boston, MA, Robert W. Curtis of Newark, and Gina M. Curtis of Newark; brother, Clarence Curtis of Uniontown, PA; sister, Pat Jarrett (Art) of Smithfield, PA; and grandchildren, David, Tyler, Taylor, Matthew and Candace.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:30 am until 11:30 am on Wednesday morning, May 3, 2017, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11:30 am. Interment will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jerry’s memory may be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE 19711.

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  1. Gina M Curtis, April 25, 2017

    I love you so much Dad!!! You had this ray of light that always shined around you. There will be a forever emptiness in my heart. I will never forget all that you taught me and remember all the times we shared. Love you Gina Pina Curtis

    Reply
    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU! OUR GINA PINA

      Reply
    • He was an awesome man and father, September 10, 2017

      I love you and your family Mr Curtis was a wonderful man.

      Reply
  2. Linda&Gary Greer, April 25, 2017

    Ginger you and your family are in our prayers, he will be so missed seeing him going up and down our street in his redskin outfit he was so cute. GOD bless

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    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      Thank you Linda and Gary!

      Reply
  3. Kathryn Stuart, April 25, 2017

    My heart is heavy for you Ginger and your family. Hugs and prayers

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    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      Thank you!

      Reply
  4. Sheila Rae Wilson, April 25, 2017

    You have my deepest sympathy. Jerry and I were graduates of the class of ’61 Fairchance Georges High School.

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    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      Thank you! I’m sure we must have met at one of the reunions.

      Reply
  5. Paul and Marilyn Jordan, April 25, 2017

    Our sincerest condolences to the Curtis family. Jerry was one of a kind…loving, funny, a great neighbor, and an avid ‘Skins fan. We cherish every moment we spent with him and Ginger. They are so special to us and we are all the better for knowing them these past 39 years. Rest in Peace, my friend.
    Love,
    Paul and Marilyn

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    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      You guys were a big part of our young lives. I also cherish every moment we spent together. Friends and family forever!

      Reply
  6. Mary Bailey-Adams, April 26, 2017

    Jerry, you were such a unique guy who bought so much laughter to all who

    knew you. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family as they say goodbye

    to a wonderful father and husband and the rest of us give thanks for knowing a very sweet, fun-loving

    man who we will keep in our hearts forever.

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    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      Thank you Mary!

      Reply
  7. Lauren Glynn Belbusti, April 26, 2017

    So sorry for your loss Ginger my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Jerry was a great guy and will always be remembered by his kindness and humor.

    Reply
    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      Thank you Lauren!

      Reply
  8. Tom Griffin, April 26, 2017

    We will miss you Jerry all the good times we had every time you walked into a room you would light it up and then a party would break out hope there is beer up there for you and your song had the wrong words. GOD BLESS YOU

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    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      Thank you Tom. Jerry and I love our Porter Square family!

      Reply
  9. Perla Ivey, April 26, 2017

    Rest in Peace Jerry, I worked with Jerry at Zany Brainy and there was never a dull moment with him around. He was always full of life and upbeat.

    Reply
    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      Thank you Perla!

      Reply
  10. J Thompson, April 26, 2017

    I am sorry for your loss my condolences go to the family and friends of Jerome W. Curtis Sr. Please know that the God of Comfort hears your cry for help during these difficult times (2 Cor 1:3,4).

    Reply
    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      Thank you!

      Reply
  11. Zaynah Kennedy, April 26, 2017

    To the brightest smile in the room, to the warmest spirit a soul could hold, and to one of the nicest persons I’ve ever met in my life, you were a gem. May you rest in paradise!

    Reply
    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      Thank you Zaynah!

      Reply
  12. Stephanie Curtis, April 26, 2017

    “I am not afraid of living, I am not afraid of dying I’m just afraid this conversation will go on 15 more min. without talking about me.” ………….. I love you Dad you will forever be in my conversations and my heart. Always and forever.

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    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU STEPH!

      Reply
  13. Margie Doyle, April 26, 2017

    Dear Steph so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today and always. Margie

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  14. Stephanie Thayer-Thompson, April 26, 2017

    Ginger, so sorry for the loss of Jerry. My deepest sympathy to you and your family during such a difficult time. I will keep you and your family in my prayers! Love you.

    Reply
    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      Thanks Steph! Love you!

      Reply
  15. Kathleen Shaughnessy, April 26, 2017

    Dear Stephanie,
    I was so sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. Sounds like he was an incredible man.
    My heart goes out too you and your extended family.
    Love, Kathleen

    Reply
  16. Tamyka Yancey, April 26, 2017

    I am truly sorry for the loss your family is facing. I pray for each of you. May you find peace in all of the beautiful memories you have made. From what I remeber about your dad, he was a rolling ball of fun. So happy I had a chance to meet him and his fun spirit.

    Reply
    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      Thank you Tamyka

      Reply
  17. Ellen and Bob Garrison, April 27, 2017

    Jerry you will be sincerely missed. You would light up a room with your smile and your wonderful laugh. We were honored to be your friend. You made everyone feel like family and we treasured that special friendship. You will always be remembered with love.

    Reply
    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      Thank you Ellen and Bob!

      Reply
  18. Steve Vermillion, April 28, 2017

    Jerry, you were one of a kind. You will always live on in my memory. My deepest condolences to Ginger, your children and those whose lives were touched by you. May God bless you!

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    • Ginger, April 28, 2017

      Thank you Steve for your kind words. He was one of a kind!

      Reply
  19. Ron and Marcy Haynie, April 28, 2017

    Ginger. Our deepest sympathy to you and the Curtis family. Jerry was always bringing joy and laughter to all those around him. I remember the first time I met him at Johnsons in Silver Spring! And who else could wear those green chucks and make it cool! I know you will miss him deeply, but I also know it was hard to see him suffer. Your love and devotion to each other is an inspiration to all of us. We love you.

    Reply
    • Ginger, April 29, 2017

      Thank you guys! I love you and appreciate your kind words. My life will never be the same.

      Reply
  20. Rose Ann Conrad, April 29, 2017

    Ginger and family so sorry for your loss. Jerry was a special guy who loved life and his family. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

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    • Ginger, April 29, 2017

      Thank you Rose Ann!

      Reply
  21. Cindy glynn, April 30, 2017

    From hump nights to Friday night porch gathering to block parties and Sunday football you always had a good time. jerry you will be missed but never forgotten. Love you to the family so sorry for your loss.

    Reply
    • Ginger, May 2, 2017

      Thank you Cindy! Love you

      Reply
  22. Joe Luongo, May 1, 2017

    Jerome Wade Curtis
    Number one Redskins fan you are now up there with Vince and George talking about the draft I know you are. We love you and we will miss you always. I know my Gina will miss her Brad Pitt. It has been our pleasure to have known you my friend God bless you.

    Joe, Regina & Chris
    Luongo.

    Reply
    • Ginger, May 2, 2017

      Thank you!

      Reply
  23. Carolyn White, May 1, 2017

    Ginger, With deepest sympathy to you and your family. Jerry loved his family and will surely be missed by all who knew him. Jerry was always so filled with life and laughter and made working with him fun everyday. Fisher was never the same without him.

    Reply
    • Ginger, May 2, 2017

      Thank you Carolyn

      Reply
  24. kyle wallace sr., May 2, 2017

    Jerry and ginger u both have been great to me n appeciate everything you have done for me jerry i will never forget you. You will always be in our thoughts and oir prayers you will never be forgotten. Ginger if u ever need anything please do not hesitate to get in contact with me n i will do anything in my power to get what it is u need gina i love you very much babe and u know u can ask me for anything n you will have it i love you both n you both will be in my thoughts qnd prayers i love u and im very sorry dor what has happend sincerly kyle j.wallace sr.

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  25. kathy mann, May 3, 2017

    I’m so sorry I missed this, just found out today.
    I worked for Jerry for 6 years, he was my first boss, and I enjoyed working for him.
    I’ll miss him
    prayers of comfort for his family

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  26. Karen Black, May 3, 2017

    Ginger and family,
    Jerry was a very important part of my life since he was the one that actually hired me at the Newark Fisher Scientific back in 1987. I will never forget my interview and as I found out after I was hired it was a typical conversation with Jerry. I had come from a softball game so I was in my uniform and he was so excited to hear about how we did and what positions I played which then went into how he wanted to start a team through Fisher and wanted to know if I would be interested in playing if I was hired. All he needed to hear was me saying Yes to that question and I was pretty much hired. Then we went into talking about football and how I could be a Dallas fan. I don’t really remember talking much about anything that did not relate to sports and when I left the interview and called my soon to be husband and told him about how it went we just laughed. From that point on I knew I was going to be in good hands while I was under him there. He was so full of spirit and his laughter was so contagious. What an amazing person that I am honored to have known so well. God bless you all and know that he is up there running around in that Redskins outfit of his enjoying the next chapter of life after death. Love to you all.

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  27. Mike Howell, May 3, 2017

    Ginger, I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.

    Reply
  28. Kristen bessix, September 10, 2017

    Mr Curtis was an awesome man I love you all he’s up there with my mom now

    Reply

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