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Walter Leo Curtis, Jr.
  • April 27, 1940
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  • August 02, 2017

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Walter Curtis, resident of Ormond Beach, Florida, formerly of Boston, Massachusetts, passed away on August 2, 2017 in Ormond Beach, Florida at the age of 77 years.

Walter was born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 27, 1940. He was a career restaurateur, who owned, managed and consulted numerous successful businesses, including the original Houligan’s. Over the years, he played an active role in the community, volunteering for the Checkered Flag Committee, the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce and many other organizations. In his youth, Walter marched, taught and judged in the Catholic Youth Organization’s drum & bugle corps. He received a Humanitarian Award from the Massachusetts Drum Corps and Music Educators Hall of Fame. He also worked for Boston Edison.

Walter loved the game of golf and the friendships that accompany it. He considered his golfmates and his brothers from the Checkered Flag Committee as part of his family. He was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of 54 years, Margaret Walsh Curtis, and children, Kristen (Michael) Williams, W. Timothy (Vanessa) Curtis, Lauren (Nathan) Ring, and Patrick (Trisha) Curtis. His proudest accomplishment is his family.

Walter will be fondly remembered as “Pa” by his 13 grandchildren: Sean, Connor, Colin, Kyla, Caroline, Collier, Laikyn, Patrick, Emma Kate, Cullen, Kyle, Ryan and Aidan, and by his sisters, Louise Weber and Elizabeth Canty. He will be forever remembered by numerous sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Walter was predeceased by his son, Sean, sisters, Lillian Fennell and Mary Judge, and his parents, Elizabeth and Walter Curtis, Sr.

The celebration of Life will be held on August 8, 2017 at 11 am at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 600 S Nova Rd, Ormond Beach, FL 32174, with reception to follow.

Memorial donations may be made to hospice at VITAScommunityconnection.org


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  1. 08 Aug 2017
    Nancy Kilbane says:
    After I came up from the Gems, I only spent one year under your direction with the knights until you retired. So, I did not know you well, but certainly knew what a phenomenal drum major you were. You are to this day, a virtual legend in drum corps circles. God speed, Walter.
    Nancy (Moran) Kilbane

  2. 07 Aug 2017
    Rodney Hicks says:
    Tim & the Curtis Family, I am very sorry for your loss and also sorry that I will not be able to attend the services, out of town on business trip. But I, as you know Tim, have great respect for your Father and he truly had a knack for making my visits to Spanky's and Houligans/Club H - fun and enjoyable - a lot of times at my expense. Your family is in our prayers, and if there anything we can every do, PLEASE LET US KNOW. With Love & Peace - Rodney Hicks & Family

  3. 07 Aug 2017
    Al Tarkey says:
    Tomorrow, at 11:00 AM, I will stand on my deck, in my St. Kevin jacket and sound "Taps."

  4. 07 Aug 2017
    Al Etre says:
    A legend in drum corps. Innovative and great conductor. A gentleman to enth degree. My condolences to the Curtis family. Rest In Peace my drum corps brother.

  5. 07 Aug 2017
    Jack Grady says:
    Farewell, Wally. I never met you, but I saw you many times in action as the drum major for the great St. Kevin's Emerald Knights drum and bugle corps of Dorchester, MA. You were the best. There was no other drum major to compare. Legendary.

  6. 06 Aug 2017
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    Lit since August 6, 2017 at 8:15:49 AM

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  8. 06 Aug 2017
    Ann says:
    A great man ...proud to have know him in the early years of growing up in drum corps
    Rest in peace
    Ann

  9. 06 Aug 2017
    Carene Darcy says:
    Peggy and children. I am so sorry about Walter's passing. He was a true friend all these years. I remember working with him at Daytona Inn with Kristen, Tim, Patrick and my kids all doing dishes for our banquets. I will be out of town from tomorrow on but want to share my condolences with you all and that I am thinking of the family. I will make a contribution to Hospice in Walter's name. God bless you all.
    Carene Darcy

  10. 06 Aug 2017
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    Lit since August 6, 2017 at 8:09:34 AM

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  12. 05 Aug 2017
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  13. 05 Aug 2017
    Don MacAdam says:
    I was a member of Charlestown's Majestic Knights while Wally was the Drum Major at St. Kevins. Wally was unique, an innovator, and an outrageous performer. Although we were competitors we were friends off the field.

    I'm saddened to hear of his passing, I have great memories of Wally. Those were great years growing up in Boston.

    Tonight Wally is at peace, tonight there is no pain, tonight Wally rests in the Arm of Jesus.

  14. 05 Aug 2017
    Tom Roache says:
    The incredible commitment to help the fireman from around the country will always be an inspiration to me. God bless.

  15. 05 Aug 2017
    Ann & Tony Licate lit a candle:
    Lit since August 5, 2017 at 8:08:44 PM

  16. 05 Aug 2017
    Patricia Goulart says:
    Such a wonderful person. He taught St Ann's Band here in Gloucester MA. back in 60's when I was a member. He made the world a much better place to live in just by his thoughtfulness, kindness and wholesome heart. May you Rest in Peace Mr. Curtis you will be sadly missed.

  17. 04 Aug 2017
    Ron & Elizabeth Smith says:
    Keeping the Curtis family in our prayers

  18. 04 Aug 2017
    Sullivan Family says:
    Our prayers are with Walter and his family.

  19. 04 Aug 2017
    Tim & Janet Kersey says:
    We are so very lucky to have know Walter. His joy of life, laughter and goodness will always be fondly remembered. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  20. 04 Aug 2017
    Jake Bates says:
    Rest in Peace Mr. C. Thank you for your friendship and for giving me a chance all those years ago.

  21. 04 Aug 2017
    Debbie Smith Melcher says:
    Uncle Walter was such a good man. He will truly be missed. Prayers and thoughts with you all. xo

  22. 04 Aug 2017
    Mary E. Gordon-Judge lit a candle:
    Lit since August 4, 2017 at 8:23:00 AM

  23. 03 Aug 2017
    Ralph Canterbury says:
    Rest In Peace friend..when I get there you have to give me 3 strokes..

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