Robert James Curtis passed away on Thursday July 18, 2013 at Candlewood Valley Care Center, after fighting a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease for 26 years. He was the beloved husband of Christina Curtis, to whom he was married for 56 years.
He was born in Glen Cove, N .Y. on February 19,1932 to the late Catherine McGowan Curtis and the late Robert Curtis. At an early age the family moved to Scotland, where Robert was raised and schooled. He graduated from Buckhaven High School in 1949. He returned to the United States in 1953, whereupon he joined the U.S. Army and served from 1953- 1956. In 1964 he graduated with a Bachelor's degree from C.W. Post College of Long Island University. He lived in Glen Cove, New York and Lindenhurst New York before moving to Connecticut 1968 to work in accounting- for Perkin-Elmer and latterly for United Technologies, Sikorsky Division, from where he retired in l994. In Connecticut he lived in Newtown for 28 years and moved to New Preston in 1995. He was known for his quick wit and humor, instigating much mirth among his contacts. He was an avid, life -long collector of antiques- a hobby he and his wife enthusiastically shared. Pewter collecting was an early interest. At one time he was Secretary of The Pewter Collectors Club of America, New York chapter. His greatest interest of late was collecting and studying old English toby jugs. He was proud of the collection he had gathered over the years of over one hundred miniature malt whiskeys, all from different distilleries. He considered himself a "student' of Scotch- not a connoisseur. He had various interests and was particularly interested in his Scottish heritage, history, geography and the English language. After retiring he attended and enjoyed Creative Writing classes in Bethel, Washington Depot and latterly The Writers Guild in Litchfield. Several of his writings were published in local papers. In addition to his wife, he is also survived by two sons, Alan Graham Curtis and his wife Donna, of Madison, CT and Alastair Kevin Curtis and his wife Elizabeth, of New Milford, also two daughters Catherine Anne Curtis , of New York City, and Shona Lynn Curtis and her life-partner Linda Miller of New Milford also four grandchildren Jennifer, Amy, Claire and Ian. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Michael J . Fox Parkinson’s Disease Foundation for Parkinson's Research Grand Central Station PO Box 4777, NY NY 10163-4777 or online at (.michaeljfox.org) Colonial Funeral Home, 87 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT. is in charge of arrangements. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be announced in the future at the convenience of the family