Theodore 'Ted' W. Curtis
Jan 23, 1924 - Feb 14, 2017
- Theodore 'Ted' W. Curtis died at his home on February 14th, 2017, at the age of ninety-three. He was born on January 23, 1924, in Belfast, Maine, the son of Theodore W. and Winifred (Braley) Curtis. He graduated from Crosby High School in 1942 and briefly went to work in a South Portland shipyard that built Liberty ships. Ted enlisted in the armed service in January of 1943, and in August of 1944, as a soldier in the 751st Field Artillery Battalion, landed at Utah Beach in France. He served until the end of the war and arrived home on Christmas night in 1945. He married his high school sweetheart Joyce Merrithew on December 30th.
Ted took a job with the US Postal Service in Belfast where he worked for more than thirty years. At first he walked a fifteen mile mail route in town. He served as the foreman of mails and as assistant postmaster before he was appointed as the city postmaster in 1974. He took early retirement in 1977, and for 25 years Ted and Joyce spent their winters in Florida where they made many new friends.
Ted was a member of the American Legion. He had been a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and worked with Explorer Scouts. He coached little league. In his retirement, he served as sexton at St Margaret's Episcopal Church where he was a lifetime member.
Ted is survived by five children---Lynne and Edward Caswell of Topsham, Randall and Jacqueline Curtis of Belfast, Anne Walker of Northport, Nathan Curtis and Debbie Middleswart of Searsport, and Laurie and Steven Johnson of Swanville. His grandchildren are Emily Caswell and Ossian Riday of Topsham, Judson and Marsene Caswell of Brunswick, Amanda Curtis and her friend Elmer Deans of Morrill, Joanne and Aaron Dashiell of Worcester, MA, Megan Walker and Tyson Law of Freeville, NY, Laura and Matthew Brennick of Northport, Hannah Curtis and Jared DeSimio of Brunswick, Audra Anne Curtis and Alexander Sandy of NYC, Steven Johnson and Ashley Offret of Salem, MA, and Jesse and Sandra Johnson of Northport. Ted also has fourteen great-grandchildren--Bronwyn and Tristan Caswell-Riday, Eleanor and Gemma Caswell, Grace and Curtis Littlefield, Theodore and Myles Dashiell, Oscar and Percy Law, Emmaline and Vincent Brennick, and Olive and Aster DeSimio.
Ted was predeceased by his wife of 71 years, Joyce Merrithew Curtis, one grandchild, Ned Walker, and three siblings, his brothers Alfred and Robert and a sister Rena Curtis Woodrow.
A memorial service has not yet been scheduled. At a later date the family will hold a celebration of life to honor both of their parents. From December of 1945 until Joyce's death one month ago, they had not been separated. Their devotion to one another made a lasting impression on their family.
At the request of one of his daughters, in 1986 Ted wrote about the years he spent as a soldier in WWII. It was a difficult task for him because that time had been traumatic and, as he wrote, "it has uncovered feelings that have been intentionally buried". His writing task caused him to reflect on the course of his life, and he concluded his remembrance with these words:
"I can remember how strongly I felt was the importance of a good home environment and I vowed to do my best for my family when I had one. I like to think that I have had some kind of success because all of our children have established good homes and are happily raising their own children (many of his grandchildren are doing so now). I am reminded of the words from that old hymn, "All is well, all is well with my soul", and I am very pleased and happy."
Arrangements are under the direction of Young Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Searsport.