John Philpot "Jack" Curran Jr.
1957 - 2020
BORN
1957
DIED
2020

Curran, John Philpot "Jack" Jr.

of Saint Louis, Missouri, passed away at age 62 on September 24, 2020. Jack was born in Saint Louis, Missouri on December 31, 1957. He was a passionate and successful photographer, and enjoyed a long career of marketing, as well as his own fine art black and white landscape photography business. His work has been shared and enjoyed all over the world through various exhibits and media publications, and has won a number of international awards for his incredible talent. Jack was an avid outdoorsman and loved to travel. He enjoyed hiking, mountain biking, fishing, as well as being a national champion ultimate frisbee player. Jack was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 40 years, and helped numerous people turn their life around using the AA principles. Jack would drop anything to help someone in need.

Jack was a devoted son, brother, father and friend. He is survived by his children, John P. "Jake", Cody and Cassidy Curran; the mother of his children, Molly (Barringer) Curran; his mother, Mary Ellen Curran; his siblings, Paul (Kelly Phelan) Curran, Bob (Jane Duggan) Curran, Ellen (Matt) Meyer and Matt (Colleen Schweiss) Curran; significant other, Jane Grady; his life-long best friend, James "Jamie" Griesedieck; and many loved nieces and nephews. He is predeceased in death by his father, John Philpot Curran. Having touched so many, he will be deeply missed by his beloved family, dear friends, and all who knew him.

Services: Celebration of Life services to be decided. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Trout Unlimited, Harris House Treatment and Recovery Center, and International Photography Hall of Fame.


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Published by St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sep. 27, 2020.
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I was honored to have him as an instructor in Out of Yosemite. He will be sorely missed and my condolences to his family and friends.
Jane Early
October 21, 2020
Thank you Jack. You always took the time to reply to any comments or questions I placed in front of you. Your photography and care for people will be sorely missed in this world. Thankyou for all you did for us.
In Memory
Raymond Marlow
Raymond marlow
Friend
October 7, 2020
I went to a late talk at a conference at Yosemite that Jack gave. I couldn't sleep that night I was so excited about what he shared. I also knew that I had several more sessions that were already scheduled and I knew I was in for something special. That couple of days changed my photographic life forever. I had been the oddball that did work in only B&W. Jack made it all real and let me know I was on the right track. He then showed me the path to make my work so much better and how to make that grow. He coached me on what to look for and how to convert it to my vision. Light, vision, and perfection were all the things he brought to his art and he showed me that path. A little part of him will always be there to move me along in my art. Thank you!
Barbara Altevers
Student
October 6, 2020
Alongside his other pursuits, Jack coached the ultimate frisbee team at Washington U in St. Louis. I was a member of that team for five years and got to know Jack quite well. It was a period of tremendous personal growth for me and Jack and the other coaches were one of the biggest contributors to this growth. Jack was always passionate, determined, lively, feisty and fun to be around and these are all traits that he imparted on me and my teammates. I am really thankful for his dedication and for the time he spent with us and will always remember those times with great fondness and nostalgia. Jack, thank you for everything. You will be missed.
Alex Adarichev
Friend
October 6, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Curran family!

I met Jack during a photography workshop in Yosemite this year. Even though it was such a short time learning from him as a student, Jack truly exemplified a life of gratitude, kindness, with open eyes and open heart!

He was one of those rare artists who was vested in mentoring people to make sure they thrive as artists themselves!

Jack, you will surely be missed!
Carolina See
Student
October 3, 2020
Jack, I loved competing against you, I loved being your teammate. As I grew to know you better you epitomize the best of our Ultimate brethren. We are indeed brothers and sisters, we are family. You lived life to the fullest. All that came to know you were graced by your friendship. Loved the eulogy your son gave today. Peace to you, your family, your friends and all those you touched...
Neil C Adams
Friend
October 3, 2020
Joseph Dubuque
October 2, 2020
I’m going to steal a line from Steve Donnelly.... Jack was always a guy you wanted to be like! Jacks sense of adventure, wanderlust, sense of humor and kindness were just a few of his wonderful attributes. I was lucky to know him and I send my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Todd Taylor
Friend
October 2, 2020
Elizabeth Pollock
October 2, 2020
Jolyne and I are so saddened by this terrible loss of a great friend, team mate and phenomenal human being. Jack exemplified excellence in all aspects of life. Tom and Jolyne Heimann St. Simon's Island Georgia
Tom Heimann
Friend
September 30, 2020
God bless the irreplaceable Jack Curran.

With Love,

Brad and Rhonda Carsten
Rhonda Carsten
Friend
September 30, 2020
Jack was always a guy you wanted to be like, and the brother you wish you had had. He just had that thing, the thing that Elvis and Jimmy Dean had, the thing that Steve McQueen had, its called "cool" and some are just born with it and jack was certainly one of those.

I met the Currans "Welcoming" them into the neighborhood the week they moved into #55, an already famous house before they moved into it. We welcomed the Currans into the neighborhood by "TP"ing their new home. What we didn't know was that a pack of wild cowboys had moved into our neck of the woods. They all came swarming out like hornets from the backyard, i was the slowest in the pack so i got closelined by my collar from behind by Jack or Paul as i ran at my slow top speed. They didn't rough me up nearly as much as i deserved, they did make me climb the tree (as i whined about having asthma like a .....) and pull toilet paper out of the tree for a good hour while having some really great laughs at my expense, and taught me to be careful who i mess with, a good lesson. After forgiveness, a Curran family trait, we all became friends and i spent nearly half my life in their basement watching Clint Eastwood and Bruce Lee movies while eating all Mary Ellen's Tricuit crackers, still love em'. So many good Jack and Curran stories. I've loved reading what others he touched say about him and never knew how many people he taught things to.

Jack taught me mercy, not the night when i TPed his house and got caught, but a few years later. Mercy isn't when its easy and costs you nothing. Mercy is when somebody steps way out of line so you grab them by the shirt with one hand, throw them up against the wall, hold your fist back so they can see and think about what's coming next, then you choose not to use your power to give them the beating they clearly deserve, let them go and move on with your life and that's what Jack did.

Jack was a Cool guy. You wanted to hate him because every girl within 20 miles knew of him, and most of the rest of us were invisible, but you had to like him because he was Jack and Jack was good. Knowing Jack was the equivalent of knowing Fonze from Happy Days. Just jack knowing your name splattered some cool onto you. Jack was several years older, and liked to call me Steven instead of Steve and i never protested once because Fonze knew who i was.

We all know who Jack is, and he is good!
Steve Donnelly
Neighbor
September 30, 2020
I had the privilege of playing with Jack on the Tuna during the summer and a little of the fall in 1984. We played in a tournament in Boulder. Jack blew out his ankle during a game. He went and taped it totally stiff and came back into the game. He later blew out the other one and did the same thing. It was comical to watch him try to hobble/run around the field, but even like that he was a major presence on the field. You could tell he was in serious pain, but he had such competitive drive he wouldn’t be stopped. Funny thing is that he was just as grumpy before the game as he was after. The man was all busy when it came to Ultimate.
Bob Flynn
Acquaintance
September 30, 2020
Jack was a great friend and photographer. He shot a number of ads and fashion brochures for me during my career and always brought a positive attitude to everything. Whenever I asked for anything, he ALWAYS responded with his trademark “absolutely” answer. I also recall his ‘all black attire party’ in a warehouse downtown many years ago. One of the coolest parties I ever went to. As the years passed, Jack always treated me like a good friend whenever our paths crossed. As all of us are, I was so saddened to hear of his passing. People like Jack made my life brighter because he always brought his smile, his kindness and his positive energy to everything. I will be forever grateful to have known Jack Curran.
Peace. ~ Chris Krebeck
Chris Krebeck
Friend
September 29, 2020
Dear Jack,
my eye and my photography have never been the same since I know you and attended your Mastery of Light courses. Thanks to you I turned into black and white landscape photography. Sometimes we talked about printing, editing and photography theories and practices and everytime you gave me a little piece of your great experience. I considered - and consider - you as a Master, my Master. I will never thank you enough for what you gave me. I'll miss you. Rest in peace, Jack.
Valerio Spositi
Student
September 29, 2020
Jack made a lot of fans at his presentation to the Boston Camera Club this past summer, I am among them. Very sad to hear the news of his passing.
Tom Hill
September 29, 2020
lIke some of the other memorial posts, I met Jack at a February photography conference. I was in awe of his photographic skills, and was taken by how friendly and helpful he was. I am grateful to have met him and glad his perspective of the world will live on with his art.
Kevin Borders
Student
September 29, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Mike Balas
Friend
September 28, 2020
sending condolences and love to the Curran family and friends.
Peggy Callahan
Friend
September 28, 2020
Sending Hugs to all.
Have so many memories of Jack and entire Curren family!!
Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Love,
Lisa
Lisa Donnelly
Friend
September 28, 2020
My heart goes out to the Curran family. I have so many great memories growing up in the neighborhood with all of you. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Tracy (Meyer) Kristoff
Neighbor
September 28, 2020
Thank you Jack for your devotion to your art, for your dedication to helping others and for all you’ve taught so many of us in the photographic world. You’ll be missed by so many.
Sincere condolences to all your family.
Martin Dewhurst
Student
September 28, 2020
I first met Jack almost thirty years ago at Spectrum Image Group. He was an immediate source of inspiration and support to me as a young photographer just starting out. Although we were not close friends, it was always a pleasure running into him at various places around town and sharing our photo stories. He continued to be someone I admired and respected all the time I knew him. My heart felt condolences to the Curran family and to everyone who was lucky enough to know him. Peaceful journey my friend, you will truly be missed.

David Bolen Smith
Friend
September 28, 2020
Charles Buchman
September 28, 2020
It's been an honor to know Jack for the last thirty years. I can't remember a single time he wouldn't find an opening in his schedule for me if I reached out to him for help or just a chat. He had an ongoing energy that I looked up to and admired. Jack was a very ....strong man.
He was consistent and dependable. The love in my heart goes out to his entire family, and friends.
He will be missed by everyone he knew.
I'm not sure why It is that I don't tell all the good people in my life how much I love them...
Jack... I love you.

Dave Casper
Dave Casper
Friend
September 28, 2020
We are all so shocked by Jacks passing. He was such a kind and generous person. So talented and its hard to imagine that he is gone. We all loved working with him and just being around him. A man to aspire to. Our love and prayers go out to the entire Curran family. God bless him.
Doug Morriss
Friend
September 28, 2020
Jack was always someone that would push people to be and to do the best that they could be. He was a big personality and could always fill a room. He was a creative thinker, someone who would lend a perspective, keen thinking, in life, and in business. He would make you think deeper about a creative idea or direction that would always lead you to a better end. He was also always ready with a quick response that would bring wit and laughter to every conversation.

He will be missed. So sad that he is gone so young and so early, the world will be a smaller place without him.
Phillip Hamilton
Friend
September 28, 2020
Jack you touched many lives during your time on Earth. All for the better. The photographic community in particular is indebted to you as a teacher and fir your inspiring world class landscape photographer. Your work will live on forever. Rest In Peace my friend
Emil Davidzuk
Friend
September 28, 2020
Jack had a great passion for life, work and play. Anyone who knew him saw that drive and determination. From his desire to always over deliver for his clients, his photography and his Ultimate Frisbee Football and Mountain Biking. Jack was always in constant motion. RIP Jack.
Neal Weber
Coworker
September 28, 2020
Having worked with Jack for many years, Bob and I are both heartbroken at his passing. He was truly one of and kind and the world is a less bright with out him.

His kind heart and and loving nature was felt by all who knew him. His talent was undeniable.

To his Family, may god hold you in his hands during this time of great loss.

Know that the love you all shared will never die, for you will carry Jack in your hearts and the love he showed for others will live on in you.
God bless and rest in peace dear friend.
Bob and Ellen Lyner
Friend
September 28, 2020
My condolences to Jack’s family. We only met him once - he was kind enough to come to our home to help us decide which of his artwork fit best. He seemed like such a neat guy. He was friends with our neighbor who always spoke so highly of him. Seemed like he lived life to the fullest. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Angela Temme
Acquaintance
September 28, 2020
Dearest Mary Ellen,
Please know my heart is with you as you honor your beloved son, Jack. Much love,
Alexis Reither Ralston
Alexis Reither Ralston
Friend
September 27, 2020
Was fortunate to have worked with Jack for many years - he was definitely one of a kind. I was also blessed to have seen him just a few days ago as he pulled over on a busy Kiefer Creek Rd, on his way to Castlewood for a bike ride actually, to talk for a minute with me and my wife when we were out walking. I remember our last words - I commented that he looked like a very happy man to which he responded “Definitely.” The picture attached is from an Instagram I posted in Oct 2013 of us at a Cardinal playoff game...caption was “Two old guys. One great game.” I will miss him dearly.
Ken Knesel
Coworker
September 27, 2020
Many of us saw a fellow St. Louis Camera Club’s exhibit last year in Kirkwood. Afterwards we went out and had dinner. It was a pleasure to get reacquainted with my old neighbor from Frontenac Estates. Jack had been a wonderful teacher and photographer for our Club. So kind and humorous towards all there. At lunch he filled us in with his pursuits as a young child and finally getting grounded through his love of photography. It was nice to reminisce about our old neighbors and neighborhood. What a kind soul. Glad he hit his stride and touched so many lives so positively. My sympathies and prayers for his family, loved ones and friends.
Susie Matteuzzi Brent
Neighbor
September 27, 2020
I only met Jack once, breifly, this past February at a photography conference in Yosemite at which he was one of the instructors, but his influence was, and will be, profound. I've learned much from him over the past several months, and the outpouring of grief, disbelief, and personal stories from so many other photographers who inspire me speaks volumes to the person he was.

He will be missed. My condolences to his friends, family, and loved ones.
Michael Rung
Student
September 27, 2020
Jack followed the light, and became the light.
Michael Daft
Student
September 27, 2020
I worked with Jack for many years. He was always wanting to help in any way he could. He was constantly thinking ahead and you could just see ideas emerging through his blue twinkling eyes and wry smile. It was great to work with him but even more fun to hear his stories. He would go on these adventurous trips around the globe and come back with amazing black and white photographs of extraordinary places. He loved sharing copies of his prints with his friends. I’m humbly honored to have received quite a few and they will be treasured. RIP my friend.
Cindy Trusler
Friend
September 27, 2020
Your talent will be missed. Thankyou for all the beauty you left behind!
Melissa Krise
Acquaintance
September 27, 2020
Jack, simply put, was a good man. He will be missed by all who knew him and remembered fondly by the same. I so greatly respect the recovery journey that he made through the perils of alcoholism and the incredible help he provided to others on the same journey. Mostly, I will miss his smile and his laugh. Rest well and may your memory be a blessing.
Michael Bloom
Friend
September 27, 2020
A few days ago Jack stopped by to catch up. He seemed to be in a very good place in his life. We laughed about things past , spoke seriously about the present and dreamed about future trips. He was relaxed and had that twinkle in his eye. Larry and my condolences go out the Curran family, his close friends and to Jane. We hope everyone finds peace in happy memories. The attached photo was taken while Jack was here. Larry and Susan Emerson
Susan Emerson
Friend
September 27, 2020
Jack, you left an impression on me, on all of us, that won't be forgotten. I'll miss having you call to work on your images for a show, or for a client, but will miss just talking about life with you more.
Colin M Shaw
Friend
September 27, 2020
I knew Jack for many years, working with him on marketing programs at Anheuser-Busch. Jack stood out as a talented, selfless and all around positive guy. He was a blessing to so many of us. He will be greatly missed. God bless Jack and his great family.
Nate Scudieri
Friend
September 27, 2020
Jack was a friend for 40 years. He was a teammate of mine in the 80s on the National Champion St. Louis Tuna Ultimate team. I followed his example of sobriety many years later and remain sober today in no small part to Jack’s friendship and counsel. We shared a passion for the outdoors, for Cardinal baseball, and for photography. He had a big life, a big sense of humor, and a big heart which quit on him too soon. My love goes out to the family and all of the friends he shared in his adventurous journey.
Dee Rambeau
Friend
September 27, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Curran family and friends. I met Jack on a photo workshop and through STL Camera Club. He had an amazing talent in photography, but more important was his kindness to others. He went above and beyond to help each individual in such a personalized caring manner helping develop our skills to the best of our abilities. He will be missed, but his kindness and talents never forgotten.
Marilyn Schaefer
Acquaintance
September 27, 2020
Mary Ellen, Ellen, Bobby and Matt I am so sorry about Jack’s passing. Such a shock! What an incredible and nice guy you all were so lucky to have as your son and brother. Jack
Will surely be missed by everyone. I’m keeping you all in my prayers! Love Lisa and Steve Marlo
Lisa Marlo
September 27, 2020
Rest easy and in peace eternally, Jack.
Rommel Medrano
Friend
September 27, 2020
Sending big hugs to Jack’s family and friends, with deepest sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss. He was most definitely a cool dude. XOXO
Quin Baumann
Acquaintance
September 27, 2020