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William Grant ‘Bill’ Curtis Sr.

NORTH CANAAN — William Grant “Bill” Curtis Sr., 83, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., passed away peacefully at home on July 23, 2021, after a lengthy illness. 

Bill was born on Feb. 26, 1938, in North Canaan to the late Louis G. and Margaret Curtiss. 

He proudly served in the United States Air Force for 20 years from August 1955 to August 1975 and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. 

Throughout his life, Bill enjoyed travel, camping, NASCAR, golfing, working in his yard and flower gardens, and “playing” in the casino with family and friends. 

He also loved spending time with his family and his precious Yorkie, “Louie.”

He is survived by his wife, Nancy A. Curtis; his sisters, Mary Logerwell and Margaret Canevari; a brother, James D. Curtiss; his five children from his first marriage, Denise A. Curtis, Lynne H. Crosby and her husband, Ken Crosby, William G. Curtis Jr. and his wife, Stephanie Curtis, Lori K. Mitchell and her husband, David Mitchell, and Jeffrey P. Curtis and his wife, Cindy Curtis; 17 grandchildren; 19 (number 20 on the way) great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by five siblings, Shirley Smith, Johnny Curtiss Sr., Edith J. Thomen, Joseph Curtiss and Louis G. Curtiss.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Ronald McDonald House, www.rmhc.org.

Visitation and memorial service will take place at Rose Lawn Funeral Home in Gulf Breeze on Aug. 6. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. and the memorial service will be at 10 a.m. followed by Military Memorial Burial Service at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola. 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of TSgt. William “Bill” Grant Curtis Sr., USAF (ret.), go to the floral store for Rose Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery.

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