JAMES B. CURTIN North Haven- James Bernard Curtin, 76, loving husband of 43 years of Jeanne Fountain Curtin of Mt Carmel Ave, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Saturday December 17, 2005 in the Masonic Geritaric Healthcare Center after a long illness. In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons James ( Melissa) Curtin of South Norwalk, Peter Curtin of Hamden, a daughter Cynthia (Ihab) Barrawi of Stamford, and a sister Elizabeth O'Brien of MA. He was predeceased by a sister Maureen Markovitz, and 4 brothers Edward, John, Peter, and Robert Curtin. He was born in Hartford January 28, 1929 a son of the late Edward and Mary Carr Curtin, attended Trinity College on a basketball scholarship and was inducted into the Trinity College Basketball Hall of Fame. He recieved his B.S. degree from Trinity College and his Doctor of Juris Prudence from the University of Connecticut. During the Korean conflict he served in the US Army, First Lieutenant, 5th Div. Infintry. Mr. Curtin retired from the former Southern New England Telephone Co. as Vice President and General Counsel in 1991. He was an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Assoc., the Connecticut State Board of Arbitration, the Better Business Bureau, and was a member of the CT Bar Assoc. He was a member of the New Haven Country Club, was Club President in 1988, and won numerous tournament victories. Mr. Curtin was a member of the North Haven Democratic Town Committee, and served on the Board of Directors of the St. Raphael Hospital Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven, and the Trinity College Alumni Assoc. He had also been a coach in the Max Sinoway Little League Baseball Assoc. The Curtin Family would like to thank the entire staff on Sturgess# 3 MGHCC for their loving care for Jim and his family. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE, HAMDEN, Wed. Dec. 21, at 9:15 am. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Hamden at 10 am. Friends may call Tuesday from 4-8pm. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Fr. McGiviney Cancer Center, 1450 Chapel St. New Haven, CT 06511, or to the Masonic Charity Foundation, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492. For information or to send a condolence please see obituary @ www.beecherandbennett.com.

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  1. 12/22/05 Dear Mrs. Curtin and Family of Jim: Please accept my deepest sympathies for Jim’s passing. I learned about his passing from the paper in Hartford. I used to work with him on arbitration cases from time to time at the SBMA. I always liked working with Jim on my panel because he was dedicated to being a strong but fair advocate for the management side and his input and insights during our exec sessions were invaluable and essential to my decisions. I truly respected his opinions and certainly his professional, yet personable demeanor. I also appreciated your classy Christmas cards all these years. I will add you all to my ever growing prayers. Please take the time to rest and take care of yourself(selves). Very truly yours, Donna P. Lin, Esq.

  2. Dear Jeanne, James, Peter and Cynthia: I’ve always had the greatest respect and admiration for Jim. He, of course, was an outstanding golfer and fellow club member, but more than that a fine gentleman and friend, who will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Please take some consolation in knowing the great pride you can take in having such a fine husband and father. Skip Falcone

  3. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Jim’s family. Uncle Jim was a remarkable man. Denise and I are so saddened by his passing.

  4. Peter, I am so very sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. All your friends at Alumni House are sad for you and thinking of you with love and concern.

  5. Sorry to hear about Jim. We had a nice visit with him in July 2004 at my sister Mary (Chickie)’s 80th birthday party. My earliest memories of my cousin Jimmy were watching him do homework at his dining room table with a box of Ritz crackers in front of him. (we lived right next door and our dining room windows faced each other). Also, I remember going to inter-city high school basketball games that were played at Trinity College and Jimmy’s name was on a plaque as being the highest scorer on the Trinity team.

  6. We miss you. I know the big golf course in the sky will have no sand traps,no ponds, and no hills. Scratch golf for you. We will remember you as a dear Cousin and friend. George & Alice

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