Patrick Michael Curtis, 60, a native and lifelong resident of Springfield, passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014. He was born on April 29, 1954, the son of David L. Curtis and Dorothy A. (Gibbons) Curtis, was educated in local schools and graduated from Springfield’s High School of Commerce. Pat was a civilian employee with the Fire Department of Westover Air Base and had achieved the rank of Lieutenant. He is survived by a brother, Kieran Curtis and his wife Anne-Marie, two sisters, Gina Curtis and Barbara Curtis, their children, Erin Curtis, Grace Pisano and Jackie Giammatteo and extended family members and friends.
Patrick was a voracious reader who enjoyed a great variety of authors and genres but loved science fiction and fantasy above all. His position with the Fire Department was a blessing for a reader like Patrick, allowing him the time to devour the works of influential writers such as Ray Bradbury, Frank Hebert, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clark, JRR Tolkien, Stephen King and John Grisham.
His love for reading and adventure began early in life reading, collecting and trading the comics that would outlive his childhood and go on to become the Hollywood blockbusters of today. He maintained a small collection of early editions of favorites that, had they not been treated the way that boys treat their comic books, would be worth a small fortune today.
Pat was thrilled to see his childhood heroes brought to life on the big screen and anxiously awaited each new release with an elan and enthusiasm that belied his advancing years.
Patrick loved sports and was a dyed-in-the-wool New England fan. The Patriots, Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox were the source of countless triumphs and heartbreaks. He may have been the first fan to coin the phrase “Bucky f--kin’ Dent!” and the mere mention of the name “Bill Buckner” could cause Pat to weave a tapestry of profanities that can still be heard in the air somewhere over Springfield. (It always ended the same - with Pat shaking his head, muttering “Schiraldi” and “Zimmer” in a regretful mantra).
There was not a happier fan in all of Red Sox Nation when his beloved Sox won the 2004 World Series in such dramatic fashion - reversing “the curse” and ending an 86-year championship drought.
He loved to read, he loved music and he loved the beach but nothing made Pat happier than knowing he had an afternoon to relax, sit-back, watch a game and enjoy time with his friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the Corridan Funeral Home, 333 Springfield St., Chicopee with the family receiving friends beginning at 9:30. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Chicopee Falls.