Obituary of Ralph Curry
On October 5th, 2017 Ralph found his peace with his beloved wife Carol and daughter Holly at his side, to join his loved ones who have gone before. He passed from this life with dignity and grace, the same manner in which he lived it. His life and example will continue to inspire those he left behind, as he will never be far from us. Ralph was born in Berwyn Heights Maryland on October 10th, 1936 to Emory and Stella Curry who predeceased him. He graduated from Northwestern High School and served in the U.S. Navy..
Ralph began his career as a computer programmer with the CIA in Washington D.C. and after subsequent positions in banking and at Sherwood Medical Industries in DeLand, in 1971 he established Volusia County's first computer department as Volusia County's Information Technology Director, retiring in 1998. He then volunteered his time to the Guardian Ad Litem program for several years, assisting children caught up in the legal system, work he found very rewarding. In 1989 Ralph and Carol met “at the office” and spent 28 wonderful, happy and adventurous years together enjoying family, friends, extensive travel, fishing and the beach.
One of Ralph's greatest loves was the St. Johns River, which he fished for over 50 years. He made many friends during those years who will miss him greatly. As a part of his love of the St. Johns Ralph had recently joined the St. Johns Riverkeeper organization to be a part of their preservation efforts. For the past several years, he wrote a column for The West Volusia Beacon titled “Keep a Tight Line”, highlighting the history of the St. Johns and keeping fisherman up to date on fishing conditions and tournament results.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Carol, daughter Holly Curry (Lewis Emert) Orange City FL, son Scott Curry, Sanford FL son David Borg (Hope), Juneau AK, step-daughter Christina Brazee (Jim), Deltona FL, his brother and sister-in-law David and Beverly Nevers, Kaiserslautern Germany and his grandchildren Marissa Borg Myers (Aaron) Bridge City TX, Connor Emert, step-grandchildren Megan and Hannah Brazee. The newest light of his life, great-granddaughter Finley Anne Myers, will forever miss her “Pop.” Ralph leaves behind four siblings, Norma Barham, Shirley Williams, Don Curry, Mary White, several nieces and nephews and countless friends.
Our family will always be grateful to Hospice nurses Elaine, Joanne, Dawn and Tracey at Florida Memorial Medical Center for their devoted care for Ralph, Holly and I during this journey. They are and were the very definition of kindness and compassion. Memorial donations may be made in Ralph's name to the St. Johns Riverkeeper organization at http://www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.