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BAINBRIDGE - Richard L. Curley, 79, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City, surrounded by his family, following a brief illness
Dick was born on Sept. 28, 1938, in Sidney, son of the late Leslie and Virginia (Hoyt) Curley.
He graduated from Sidney High School with the Class of 1956 and enlisted in the United States Navy later that year. He served until his honorable discharge in September 1959.
On Aug. 20, 1960, he was married to Ethel Armstrong in Bainbridge.
Dick began his career at Elmer's in Bainbridge in 1964, serving for more than 35 years before his retirement.
He was a longtime member of the Sidney American Legion and the Sidney Moose Lodge. Dick loved watching high school sports and golfing. He was an original founding member of the Guilford Golf Course. He founded morning leagues in both Afton and Guilford, serving as secretary at different times. Dick was a member of the Greater Norwich Golf Hall of Fame, a silver medalist in the Empire State Senior Games for Golf, played in the BC Open Pro-Am, and boasted three career holes-in-one.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ethel Curley of Bainbridge; three children, Ed and Carol Curley of Sidney, Philip and Kelli Curley of Norwich and Cathi and Jake Leichty of Unadilla; grandchildren, Parker (Chelsey) Curley of Bainbridge, Corbin (Kelsey) Curley of Sidney, Brianna Curley of Norwich, Shannon Curley of Binghamton, Kaitlyn Winton of Norwich, Brandon Winton of Columbus, and William and Matthew Leichty of Unadilla; great-grandson, Zayden Curley of Sidney; brother, Charles and Roberta Curley of North Carolina; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Dick was predeceased by his daughter, Traci; and brother, Donald.
Please join the family to celebrate Dick's life on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a service at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory may be directed to the Greenlawn Cemetery Association, 13 Evans St. Bainbridge, NY 13733 or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.org.
Share condolences and memories with the family at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Published on February 1, 2018
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