James Michael Curley, 78


He leaves his wife of 55 years, Ann M. (Quinn) Curley; three children, Jay Curley and wife, Mary, Mary Ann Anderson and husbandm Dean, and Grace Wood and husband, Jim; five grandchildren, Grace Harvey, Sgt. Brian Cariglia of the U.S. Marine Corps, Matthew James Anderson, Meghan Anderson and John Curley; three great-grandchildren, Justine Harvey, Madeline Cariglia and Jack Grenier; three brothers, William Curley, Daniel Curley and Joseph Curley; two sisters, Marie Lelievre and Ellen Chaisson; and many nieces and nephews.

Born in Wayland, son of the late William F. and Katherine (Graham) Curley, he had lived in Shrewsbury since 1972. He was president of the Class of 1949 at Wayland High School and graduated in 1953 from the College of the Holy Cross, where he played on the golf and baseball teams. He was one of the first recipients of a Francis Ouimet Scholarship when the college scholarship program for caddies was established in 1949. After completing the ROTC program at Holy Cross, he was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and served two years of active duty and additional years in the Reserves, attaining the rank of captain.

Mr. Curley was national sales manager for 15 years for the Weetabix Food Co., before retiring. Previously, he was eastern regional sales manager for the R.J. Reynolds Food Co. and a VP of sales for the Campbell Soup Co.

He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish, where he was an usher, and a volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. In 2006, he was awarded the “Top Hat Award” by the Diocesan St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was a College of the Holy Cross Purple Knight.

An accomplished golfer who scored five holes-in-one, he was a member of the Pleasant Valley Country Club and a founding member of the Sterling National Country Club. He was a great sports fan and enjoyed following the Red Sox, Patriots and the PGA Tour.

Mr. Curley was also devoted to his family, especially his grandchildren. He encouraged all his grandchildren to participate in sports and loved them and supported them along the way.

A funeral Mass was held Sept. 21 at St. Joan of Arc Church of Worcester, followed by private burial. The Athy Memorial Home of Worcester assisted with arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to a fund honoring his nephew, the John J. Curley Memorial Scholarship Fund, at St. John’s High School, 378 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

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