George Upton  Curry


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Merrimac - George Upton Curry, 91 of Merrimac, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on March 31st after a brief illness.
George was born on September 25, 1927 to Stowers Leigh and Francis Upton Curry in Taunton. He graduated from high school and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served from 1945-1948 as an Electronics Technician. Upon completion of his military service he enrolled at Purdue University where he graduated in 1951 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, and later completed requirements to become a Licensed Professional Engineer.
George began his working career at Owens Corning in Connecticut where he met the love of his life and wife of 65 years Suzanne Terry. They were married in 1953 and George took a job at Henschel Corporation in Amesbury as Chief Design Engineer. Over time he rose to Vice President, then President and Chief Operating Officer until his retirement in 1990 after 35 years with the company. During his years as president he led the effort to relocate the Henschel facility from a dated mill building in Amesbury to a new state of the art facility in the Newburyport industrial park. He was a member of several professional organizations including the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers, the American Society of Marine Engineers President's Club and the American Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers where he was a contributing author.
George also owned Riverview Trailer Sales in Merrimac, a horse trailer sales and service business which he operated with his daughter Jane Curry Smith for over 38 years. He enjoyed spending time with the horses as well as playing tennis and golf.

George was very active in the local communities throughout his lifetime. He was a board member of the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, the Custom House Museum and a member of the Pentucket Scholarship Committee. He was also chairman of the Anna Jacques Hospital Development Committee and a member of the board of trustees.

George attended the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Merrimac which he actively supported and was at one time chairman of the trustees.

George and his wife Suzanne enjoyed 65 years of marriage. They loved to spend time with family, loved to travel and had many wonderful friends whom they cherished.
George was a devoted and loving father and grandfather. He was fortunate to have been able to spend considerable time with both children and their families during his lifetime.

George is survived his wife Suzanne, a son Donald Curry and wife Catherine of Cape Carteret, NC and daughter Jane Smith and husband Robert of Merrimac, MA. and two grandsons, Bradford and Duncan Curry. He was preceded in death by his parents Stowers and Francis and his brother S. Leigh Curry.

Services will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury.
Published on April 5, 2019
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2 posts

Thelma Atkinson
Apr 12, 2019
While traveling through Perryville KY on April 5, 2019 I purchased and antique quilt that appears to be a family heirloom of the Curry/Upton family. George U Curry, age 4 is one of the twenty inscriptions on the quilt. the quilt is inscribed "Mother from her family" along with another inscription, "Christmas 1931" I would love to reunite the quilt with the descendants of this family..
Art Palmer
Apr 06, 2019
A good, gentle man....always friendly and kind to everyone.