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William Joseph Curran, "Buzz," 96, a lifelong resident of Annapolis, died September 2, 2014 at his residence. He was born April 7, 1918 in Annapolis, and was a member of the Annapolis HS graduating class of 1935, the first graduation of the high school when it was located on the grounds where Maryland Hall is today. Buzz was a Lt. Col in the Civil Air Patrol. For 35 years, he was an instructor of metallurgy at the Naval Academy. Following retirement, he established his own photography business. An avid golfer, he was a senior gold medalist in golf for the State of Maryland, a sport he played until age 92. He also enjoyed flying, video taping Annapolis High football games for over 40 years, and was an avid sports fan, especially of golf and Navy football, where he was a longtime season ticket holder. His memberships included St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Edgewater, and Elks Lodge 622. Married October 12, 1941 to Lillie Curran, she preceded him in death September 16, 1996. He was also predeceased by his sister, Marion Ellinghausen, and brother, Robert Curran. He is survived by his son, W. Daniel (Diana) Curran of Annapolis; daughter, Jean Curran (Robin) Miller of Annapolis; sister, Joan Curran Doll of Myrtle Beach, SC; grandchildren, Dana Curran (Jeremy) Toton, W. Daniel (Faye) Curran, Jr., and Derek (Hilary) Curran; great-grandchildren, Tyson Toton, Payton Toton, Lilli Toton, W. Daniel Curran, III and Quincy Curran. Visitation on Friday, September 5, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Avenue, Annapolis. Funeral Service on Saturday, September 6, at 11:00 AM at St. Andrew's UM Church, 4 Wallace Manor Road, Edgewater, MD. Interment Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hardestyfuneralhome.com
Hardesty Funeral Home, P.A.
12 Ridgely Avenue Annapolis, MD 21401
Published in The Capital Gazette on Sept. 4, 2014