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James (Jim) Curry

James (Jim) Curry

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September 01, 2013
I just heard the sad news today. Barbara, Steve and Paul, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll always remember "Dad" fondly. He was the best announcer for the marching band that Edina ever had!
August 31, 2013
He was the best co father in law that we could have ever hoped to have. When you saw him you knew a hug and a big smile was in the coming. Unforgetable!

Jerry and Charlene Jer Dad Char Mom
August 27, 2013
What a gift Jim was to the world and especially to his wonderful family. His very presence lit up the room. From his constant presence in the front pew at St. Stephen's to the sound of him calling "Lover" he is truly unforgettable. My condolences to Barbara, Steve, Paul, and their extended families.
August 25, 2013
Dear Barbara and Family...My brother-in-law just sent me the news about Jim's death, rather passage into life with Jesus. How sad you must be and so very proud of him! I think Jim probably never knew a stranger...he was as someone suggested, a legend. How will we go on without his amazing presence? Barbara, I will hold you in my prayers...I only know a little bit about how you will miss him. Please remember that there is a wonderful grief group in Edina...saved my life after Paul died. It's the Coalition for Grief Support, which is supported by the churches of Edina. With love and sympathy, Emily Scudder, Broomfield, CO.
August 23, 2013
I remember Jim Curry and “buttons.” The story: When asked how he liked the dress a woman was wearing, he apparently did not, but replied he liked “the buttons.”

Through the years, I have taken to heart the lesson of this simple story: an object lesson of thoughtfulness, optimism and humor – Jim Curry qualities.

Jim was thoughtful and thought-filled. He had opinions and loved to express them, but never at the expense of his audience. His gregarious nature demanded attention and people gave him attention freely. He had a lot to say – out loud, writing stories and even in thank you notes, he spoke his heart. A listener was enlightened and entertained.

The buttons story encourages one to claim optimism in any situation – no matter how unattractive or perhaps discouraging the circumstances. Always look for the good – even when that good may appear to be overshadowed. Jim enjoyed life through the lens of looking for the best, seeing goodness and finding joy – in situations as well as in people. Present him with a challenge and he would find an answer appeasing everyone. Even as a high school girl, I knew this man had a secret to living life well.

When Steve and Paul told stories about their dad, they could not begin easily. They just laughed and laughed and eventually we would hear, “I have to tell you what my dad SAID! You won't believe it!” And because we knew “Mr. Curry,” we believed the bold opinions, the outrageous comments and the hysterically funny antics of this kind man.

Mostly, I remember how much Jim loved life and worked hard to share that love of life with his family. He adored his wife, Barbara, calling her “lover” with deep affection in his voice every time he spoke to her. He was president of the Steve and Paul fan club – encouraging them in their interests and talents – knowing they would grow up to share their own kindness with others. They have.

May the days ahead be filled with healing for Jim's family and friends. And may his life continue to teach others how to look for “nice buttons” in life's challenges as well as in its delights.

Peace.
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