Reverend William H.  Curtis

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Amesbury, MA - Reverend William Henry Curtis Ph.D., from Amesbury, Mass., passed away peacefully on Aug. 14, 2019, at Port Rehab in Newburyport after a brief illness.

Born in Beverly, Mass., on Dec. 11, 1929, to Carl and Lydia (Hanks) Curtis, Bill was one of 11 children. In 1946 he joined the Army Air Corp/Army Air Force and worked up the ranks to Corporal. He went through basic training at Lackland AF base in San Antonio, Texas, and was stationed in St. Louis, Mo., and Nome, Alaska. While in the service Bill was a navigator and radio communications. He was a veteran of WWII. Though never saw combat, he enjoyed sharing stores of his time serving his country.

After honorable discharge in 1950, he went to school on the GI bill, his curious nature and love for learning lasted his entire life. He received his B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Boston University, master's in Science and Chemistry from Salem State College, Ph.D. degree in Pathology and Cytology from Columbia, as well as a Ph.D. in Holistic Studies.

In 1954 he married Phyllis Ann Muldoon, as their family grew he continued his education and worked in hospital labs detecting cancer and teaching student Nurses at Lynn Hospital. He opened his own Cytology lab where he worked in cancer detection for many local doctors and invented a new way to collect specimens, the Cyto-cone which made it easier for patients and doctors.

After moving to West Newbury in 1967, Bill was able to realize a lifelong dream and became a "gentleman farmer," he was determined to raise his children on a small farm, which instilled a lifelong work ethic in them. In the 1970s he embraced organic farming practices and the family raised their own food-truly farm to table. He took flying lessons at Plum Island airport to reconnect with his love of aviation-landing him the nickname, Wingman. He loved travel and especially his time in Eleuthra, Bahamas.

Always a deeply spiritual man, in his 40s he felt a calling to go back to school for Theological studies and received a master's degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and was an Ordained Minister. He was the Pastor of the Rand Memorial Church in Seabrook, N.H., for several years and later in Hinsdale and Nottingham, N.H.

In retirement, Bill kept busy researching his new passion, ancestry, which stayed with him for the rest of his life. He traveled to Salt Lake City to do research at the Family History Library, this led him to the discovery of the North Branch Cemetery in Antrim, N.H., where many of his kinfolk were laid to rest.

In 1987 he reconnected with a former student, Ann Smith and they were soon married. They enjoyed 15 happy years until Ann's passing. Bill settled Amesbury, Mass., and lived independently in the Heritage Towers where he made many friends and was dearly loved. He was a regular at the Barking Dog and Hollow restaurants in Amesbury and could be seen riding his scooter all over town.

He is survived by his seven children, Dianne Davis, Donna Woodsom and husband James, Jodie Curtis-Labbe, Peggy Twist, Allison Cohen and husband Scott, William R. Curtis and Richard W. Curtis. He also leaves 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren, with a couple more on the way. He is predeceased by his ex-wife Phyllis (Muldoon) Curtis and wife Ann Curtis.
There will be a graveside ceremony at the North Branch Cemetery in Antrim, N.H., for family. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor can be made to the Rand Memorial Church, 134 South Main Street, Seabrook, NH 03874. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury.
Published on August 19, 2019

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Howard and Ellen Merry
Sep 02, 2019
Blessings to you Bill as you blessed all
of us with your love and kindness.
Michelle Muldoon
Aug 23, 2019
To All The Curtis Cousins,
Sorry to hear about Uncle Bill's passing, I have such fond memories of your Mom & Dad and all of us when we were little and able to visit the farm it was a special trip out as a kid. Hope you all find comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Michelle
Jeanne Donovan
Aug 20, 2019
It was my pleasure in meeting Bill at Heritage Towers last year. He enjoyed his books and reading.
Sat talking to him many times and eating in the community room.
He will be missed and I know he will be sitting on the couch in spirit and we will say "Hello Bill" .
Donna and Martin Seim
Aug 19, 2019
Sending out love and prayers to the family at this sad time. I know you will always keep him in your hearts and he will be right there with you.