Brattleboro- Edwin W. “Ed” Curtiss, 90, of Guilford Center Road passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, July 15, 2017 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Curtiss was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire on February 9, 1927 the son of Edwin J. and Susie (Hubbard) Curtiss. He was raised and educated in Lebanon attending public schools.
World War II interrupted his high school education when he was drafted into active service. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army stationed in Korea. Following his honorable discharge at the rank of Tech Sergeant he returned home to finish his education graduating from Lebanon High School with the Class of 1948.
He went on to graduate from Keene Teachers College where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education. Mr. Curtiss’s first teaching position was in Sunapee, New Hampshire and later in Cavendish, Vermont where he taught and was acting principal in a three room schoolhouse.
In 1958, with his wife he moved to Brattleboro where he taught special education eventually becoming principal of the former Francis Hicks School from 1958 until the school closed in 1980. He joined the faculty at Brattleboro Junior High School and taught special education retiring in 1989.
He was admired and well respected by many of his students, several of whom became very successful in their careers as business owners and dedicated employees in their positions. Several of Mr. Curtiss’s former students credited their success to his teaching skills and genuine interest in their education wellbeing.
Active fraternally, he was a member of the B.P.O. Elks, Brattleboro Lodge #1499 where he currently held the chair of Tiler, held membership in the Cheshire/Mount Vernon Lodge #23F &AM in Cornish, New Hampshire where he was a 32’nd degree Mason, Brattleboro Shrine Club, Cairo Shrine Temple, American Legion, Brattleboro Post #5 where he was a longtime member of the Joint Memorial Unit and Color Guard. Additionally he was a Life member of the V.F.W. Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034, and a former member of the Keene Moose Club.
For years he was active with the BINGO programs in Brattleboro that included the Shrine, American Legion and Elks where he was active for 32 years, 18 years as chairman of the program.
A man of faith, he was a member of Guilford Community Church where he sang in the church choir and served as church treasurer for 22 years.
Mr. Curtiss was also a former member of the Guilford Volunteer Fire Department.
Of his leisure time activities, he enjoyed gardening, fishing and puttering around his home. He also enjoyed helping people and for many years was service officer for Post #5 driving fellow veterans to their medical appointments.
A faithful blood donor for the Windham County Chapter of the American Red Cross he was one pint shy of hitting the 38 gallon mark.
On August 22, 1953 at the Baptist Church in Keene he was married to Marguerite “Peg” Raymond who survives.
Besides his faithful and devoted wife of almost 64 years he leaves one daughter, Susan Husser and husband Kevin of Husser, Louisiana, two sons, Mark Curtiss and wife Cindy of Hinsdale, Sumner Curtiss and wife Kim of Vernon. Six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two nieces and three nephews.
He was predeceased by one brother, Herwood “Zeke” Curtiss and a grandson, Dustin Curtiss.
A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4 PM at the Elk’s Home on Putney Road. The service will start at 11:00 followed by a luncheon and time to share memories.
Friends are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home on Friday from 6 to 9 PM with an Elk’s memorial service scheduled for 8:30.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Curtiss’s name may be made to, Guilford Volunteer Fire Department 108 Guilford Center Road, Guilford, VT 05301, or to Rescue Inc., PO Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302.
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