In Memoriam


Peter E. "Big Pete" Curtis

1940  -  2006

HHS '59



Emory David Curtis

1945  -  1964

HHS '64





HORNELL - Peter E. "Big Pete" Curtis, 65, of 59 Crosby St., Hornell, died Friday morning (April 21, 2006) at St. James Mercy Hospital, following a brief illness.

     Born in Hornell Aug. 25, 1940, he was the son of William and Tish (Jones) Curtis.

     Pete was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1959) where he excelled in baseball. Following high school, he played two seasons of semi-pro baseball in the Carolina League for an Angels' farm team.

Returning to the Hornell area, he played several years for the Hornell Town Team in the Southern Tier League.

     He was a graduate of Alfred State College and continued his education throughout the years, eventually earning two associates degrees in engineering.

     Pete was employed for nearly 20 years at C.E. Air Preheater in Wellsville as a senior draftsman. He worked at M-K Corporation for several years and for the past 10 years was employed as an engineering technician for the New York State Department of Transportation.

     He was a member of the United Methodist Church and had served as a trustee for the former Spencer United Methodist Church. He was a member and past commander of the Hornell American Legion and a former member of the Hornell Moose Lodge.

For several years he served as a coach of the Hornell Grasshopper League, Hornell Little League and Hornell Babe Ruth League.  Pete enjoyed camping and playing golf. He was a former member of the Hornell Country Club and played in several leagues at the Hornell Twins Hickory Golf Club and the Hornell Country Club.

     A gentle and kind man, Pete will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and his ever present smile. He was loved and adored by the young and old alike. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, a wonderful brother and a true friend to all. It has been said throughout the years that "if Pete Curtis did not like you, you must have something wrong with you because he loved everyone." He will be sadly missed.

     Pete was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Emory Curtis, who died in 1964.

     He was married Oct. 31, 1964 to the former Johanna Oxx, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Peter E. (Pam) Curtis Jr. of Conesus, and Michael (Michele) Curtis of Hornell; two brothers, Bill (Ann) Curtis of Woodstock, and Jack (Roz) Curtis of Arizona; two sisters, Mary Lutitia (Don) Stewart of North Carolina, and Judy (Jim) Roethel of Fairport.

Pete was a loving grandfather known as "Unda" to Elizabeth, Justin, Peter, Rachel and Tavian, and known as "Papa" to Erika and Carlie. He also is survived by his in-laws, Jackie and Syl Horwold, Sandra and Fran Smith and Jerilyn and Roger Prentice; along with several nieces and nephews.

     The family of Peter E. "Big Pete" Curtis will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St.,Hornell. Funeral and committal services will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, April 24, at the United Methodist Church on Webbs Crossing Road, Hornell, with Rev. Beth Kottemann and Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

     Pete's family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Hornell Little League, P.O. Box 374, Hornell, NY 14843. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.





HORNELL Emory David Curtis, 19, of 59 Crosby Street in Hornell, died unexpectedly early Saturday (September, 26, 1964) as a result of an automobile accident.

Born in 1945, Emory, a graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1964, was a life-long resident of Hornell and currently enrolled in a post-graduate course at his Alma Mater. On the night of his tragic death, he was participating in the planning of a bachelor party for his brothers Jack and Pete who were to be married in October. 

Emory was a fun loving brother. a wonderful friend to all who knew him and he enjoyed life as it came.  His passing came as a shock to his family, his friends, and the many classmates and acquaintances he had during his short life.   He will be sadly missed.

 Emory was survived by his parents; three brothers, William, Jack, and Pete; and two sisters, Mary Lutitia (Donald) Stewart and Judith Curtis.

    Crandall and Crandall Funeral Home in Hornell is handling all funeral arrangements with a graveside service to be held at 1 pm, Tuesday, with the Rev. Charles Titus of the Park Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Canisteo. 



You cannot say, you must not say
That he is dead, He is just away!
With a cherry smile and a wave of the hand
He has wandered into a unknown land
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since he lingers there;
So think of him faring on, as dear
In the love of There as the love of Here,
Think of him still as the same and say
He is not dead, He is just away

                   James Whitcomb Riley