Edward J. Curzon
July 17, 1927 - December 15, 2018
Edward J. Curzon, 91, of Sycamore died peacefully in his home on Saturday, December 15, 2018 surrounded by family and friends. He is now reunited in Heaven with the love of his life, Mary A. Curzon, who preceded Ed in death in January 2016.
Ed (“Papa”) was an only child born in the Bronx, New York on July 17, 1927 to Edward A. Curzon and Amelia Schirmer-Curzon. He spent his formative years in New York before being drafted into the US Army in 1945. Ed trained at Ft. McClellan and served in Europe, and was the proud recipient of two service medals upon his honorable discharge in April 1947.
Ed returned from military service and graduated from Manhattan College in the Bronx in 1951 with a degree in Business Administration. Always the life learner, he would in 1972 further his education by receiving a Masters in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL. Ed married his grade school classmate, Mary Sheehan (“Nana”) on September 20, 1952 (they were engaged on Easter Sunday, 1951). Ed was a loving and caring husband and father to 11 children (affectionately known as “Pop of 11”), and he worked tirelessly to provide for all. He began his professional career with Anaconda Wire and Cable in New York, and he was subsequently transferred to Muskegon, Mi and Anderson, In. In 1963, Ed was transferred to Sycamore. He worked for Anaconda for nearly 30 years. Ed finished his professional career at Northern Illinois University, working in the Masters of Business Administration program.
Ed is survived by daughters Donna Curzon of Sycamore, IL, Kathleen Curzon Barrett (John Barrett) of Oak Park, IL, Margaret Curzon Hanna (Professor Nessim Hanna) of San Quentin, CA, Mary Ellen Curzon-Price (Gary) of West Harrison, NY; and sons, Edward Curzon (Karen) of Santa Rosa, CA, William Curzon (Sheila) of Lyons, KS, John Curzon (Tamara) of San Quentin, CA, Joseph Curzon (Tanya) of Reno, NV, Thomas Curzon (Lee) of Petaluma, CA, James Curzon (Lisa) of Portland, OR, and Daniel Curzon (Jolene) of South Elgin, IL. Grandchildren, Julia, Dominic, Ellen, Bill, Ian Nicholas, Ryan, Brandon, Brenna, Brett, Margaret, Eddie, Michael, Andrew, Megan, Alex, Ian Patrick, Elise, Greg, Ryan, Sean, Patrick, Madeline, Spencer, Nicholas, McKenna, Morgan, Joey and Jake. Great grandchildren John, Joy, Mason, Ella Rose, Isaac, Roslyn, Will, Ben, Brooklyn, Bradley and Zayden. In addition, Ed is survived by 5 nieces and 3 nephews all from New Jersey, Regina Sheehan Plesniarski (John), Mary Sheehan Pascarella (Phil), John Sheehan, Catherine Sheehan, William Sheehan, Cookie Sheehan Dillon (Bruce), Bernadette Sheehan and Billy Sheehan.
Ed was a member of St. Mary’s church for the last 56 years, a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, and, part of the greatest generation and WWII veteran.
His visitation will be on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore.
His funeral mass will be on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Church of St. Mary, 244 Waterman St., Sycamore, IL. with Rev. Carl Beekman officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Wrapped in Love, which will go 100% to St. Mary’s elementary school library in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL. 60178. To sign the online guest book or write a special memory, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.