Gerald Palmer Curtis


SIDNEY - Gerald "Jerry" Palmer Curtis passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, July 14, 2019.
Jerry was born Dec. 22, 1937, in Cornwall, to his parents, Mason Jay and Nina Belle (Fancher) Curtis.
Jerry graduated from Sidney High School.
He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on Sept. 8, 1959, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal on Sept. 17, 1965. During his service Jerry was privileged to serve at Marine Barracks, 8th & I in Washington, D.C., as a member of the Ceremonial Guard Company's Silent Drill Platoon and Camp David Security Detail. He provided security for Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, security for President Eisenhower's six weeks at the summer White House in Newport, Rhode Island, and was a guard at President Kennedy's 1961 inauguration. He also embarked with the H & S Company, 2nd Antitank Battalion aboard the USS Rankin during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Jerry married Evonne "Bonnie" Provenzon at the Sidney United Methodist Church on June 18, 1960.
Upon discharge from the USMC, Jerry and Bonnie returned to Sidney where they raised their children, Jill Acenath, James Gerald and Juli Anne.
Jerry was employed at Scintilla and was selected for the toolmaker apprenticeship. He worked at Scintilla/Bendix/Amphenol for 30 years. He then worked for Keith Clark/MeadWestvaco as a security guard and later as a toolmaker at Egli Machine. In 1997, Jerry returned to work for Amphenol at its Nogales, Mexico plant. He also painted with his good friend, Bill Dann, and was a courier for Sidney Federal Credit Union.
In high school, Jerry was an outstanding athlete. In 2012, he was inducted to the Sidney Alumni Association's Sports Hall of Fame.
He was active with the Boy Scouts of America, served his community as a volunteer with the Phelps Hose Company of the Sidney Fire Department. He served on the board of the Sidney Cemetery Association and was a founding member of Sidney Veterans Memorial Park. In his earlier years, Jerry enjoyed canoeing with the Western Auto Wizards Relay Team, where he formed lifelong friendships. Most recently, Jerry enjoyed his morning coffee and solving the world's problems with his special friends.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Bonnie; and his children and their spouses, Jill (Mike) Brazee, Jim (Liz) Curtis and Juli (Mike) Mercurio. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Erica (Jake) Granger, Ashley Brazee, Matthew Curtis (Anna LaMendola), Alyssa Curtis (Taylor Burth), Taylor George, Riley Howland, Teresa Mercurio and Matthew Mercurio; and a great-grandchild, the apple of his eye, Caroline Granger. He is also survived by a sister, Sandra Curtis; and sisters-and- brothers-in-law, Patti Jo (Jim) Doi, Jim (Mary Lynn) Provenzon, Anne Marie (Phil) Pauls and Shirley Curtis; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Marjorie Holt, Barbara Walker and Phyllis Byrne; brother, Milton Curtis; and in-laws, Frank and Alice Provenzon.
According to Jerry's wishes, there will be no services.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Sidney Veterans Memorial Park, c/o SVMP Association, P.O. Box 632, Sidney NY 13838.
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Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
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4 posts

Jul 18, 2019
Lisa Mark Hadden
Jul 16, 2019
So, so sorry to hear of Mr. Curtis' passing. He was such a nice man. My condolences to you all.
Richard F Barnes
Jul 16, 2019
Bonnie and Family members..condolences ..Jerry was one of my very best friends..we paled around during high school days and played sports together..always consider him my body one messed with Jerry..soft smile...R.I.P. Marine..Semper Fi...Barney...
Dottie Kinch Georgia
Jul 15, 2019
My condolences to the Curtis family. Went to school with Bonnie and Jerry and I have know them forever. What a special love that they have shared. He is not gone Bonnie, he is waiting for you to join him someday. What a glorious day that will be. May he rest in peace in the loving arms of the Lord forever.