FSAC CERTIFICATE OF MERIT AWARD
June 9, 2007
Charles "Chuck" Curry was born and raised in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. His grandfather, Will Curry purchased a funeral home/furniture store in 1908. His father, Charles L. Curry joined his father in the funeral business and eventually took ownership of Curry’s Funeral Home in Glace Bay. Chuck’s father passed away in 1961.
At the request of his mother, Mary E. Curry, Chuck came to Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1964 to manage an ambulance operation she owned there. In 1966, Chuck opened and managed a new business for her, being, Curry’s Funeral Home, Antigonish.
In 1968, Chuck’s brother, Frank X. Curry joined him in Antigonish and in 1970 , Chuck and Frank purchased their mother’s interest in the business and formed a company, Curry Brothers Funeral Directors Ltd.
In 1994 they constructed a new funeral home facility on College Street in Antigonish. In 1997, Chuck and his wife Joanne purchased Frank’s shares of the business and changed the name of the company to C. L. Curry Funeral Services Ltd.
Chuck’s wife of 35 years, Joanne (nee Doyle), is Chuck’s business partner and also a Licensed Funeral Director. They have three children, Patrick, who is a fourth generation Licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director and who is currently working with his father in the family funeral home; Rosemary and Tom.
· Past Secretary-Treasurer of the Nova Scotia Licensed Embalmers and Funeral Directors Association
· Past President of the Nova Scotia Licensed Embalmers and Funeral Directors Association
· Nova Scotia Representative to the Board of Directors of the Funeral Services Association of Canada (9 years)
· Founding member and Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Independent Group of Funeral Homes
· Current Vice President of the Canadian Independent Group of Funeral Homes
· Past Executive Advisor for the Funeral Service Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS)
· Past President of the Antigonish Junior Chamber of Commerce
· Past President of the Kinsmen Club of Antigonish
· Served ten years as Chairman of the Antigonish District School Board
· Served as Chairman of a building committee to construct a new community workshop for the Canadian Association for Community Living.
Chuck has contributed greatly to the funeral profession not only in the Province of Nova Scotia and Canada, but also in his communities and the families that he has served.
Respectfully submitted by,
Norma E. Boudreau, Secretary
FSANS and FSAC