Jesse M. Curtis

Newport News, Virginia

Feb 2, 1929 – Nov 12, 2017

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We were so sorry to hear of Mr. Curtis passing when we went to visit at the Nursing Home tonight. The therapy dogs and their handlers will miss visiting with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this holiday season. Chapter 152, Therapy Dog International.

To Mrs. Curtis, Dennis, Marty, and family,

I first want to apologize for not being able to attend the visitation and funeral, unfortunately I was out of town when I learned of Chief Curtis' passing. I am so deeply sorry for your loss, and will keep you in our prayers.

To Chief Curtis' grandchildren and great grandchildren, please indulge me as I share how your grandfather (and grandmother) touched the life of someone you've never met, and how they changed the direction...

Jean, Marty, Emily and family. Thinking of you all with love and our deepest sympathy.
Linda & Larry

My mother and father loved Jesse. They were all part of the church family at Deer Park Baptist. After my mother became ill and Daddy was taking care of her, Jesse would call Daddy daily and visit frequently. Daddy really enjoyed this contact and looked forward to it. Whenever my mother had a doctors appointment or had to go to the hospital, Jesse was there to help get her in and out of the car or just keep them company. After my mother passed away, Jesse continued to have the daily...

Mr. Curtis worked with my dad, Bud Collins-aka- "The Whistler". Rest well sir and tell my dad I said hello. To the family- My thoughts are with you and I'm sending positive energy your way. Chief was a great man.

Those were the days...

Jesse was a captain in the Warwick Fire Department when I became a volunteer there around 1956. Three words come to mind when I think of our relationship.

ACCEPTANCE: Unlike a few other paid firemen, Jesse readily accepted me as a member of the department, even before I fully understood what that entailed...and he made sure I was allowed to participate in all activities...including the dirty work of cleanup after fighting a fire!

GUIDANCE: He took the time to teach me...

Jean, I am so, so sorry to hear of Jesse's passing. I am certain that he, Aunt Beanie, and Uncle Abe are having a few laughs! May you find comfort in your many wonderful memories of him and your life together.

Chief Jesse hired me. We were all truley blessed to know this great man. From his voice, jokes , laughter and great leadership. He will live on through us all. Thankful to have gotten to spend precious time visiting him on my trips to Virginia. Thank you Chief Curtis for an outstanding career you gave me. Thank you for you leadership and best of all your friendship. You will and already greatly missed. We will see you on the top floor Chief. Firefighter Nelson. Or as he called me ........

I worked with Jesse at No. 3 Hilton. He was a good man and a great boss. We also hunted together. I have a lot of fond memories of our time together. Condolences to the family.


Jesse's Obituaries

NEWPORT NEWS - Retired Deputy Chief, Jesse M. Curtis, of Newport News, passed away on November 12, 2017. He was born in Warwick County on February 2, 1929. Chief Curtis started as a volunteer firefighter in Warwick County in 1951, and moved onto the Newport News Fire Department where he retired...

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