The Ottawa Catholic School Board is mourning the loss of Catholic School Trustee John Curry who died this past weekend. For twenty-plus years, Trustee Curry, who represented Zone 1, was widely respected for his collaborative, compassionate, and student-focused leadership. John will be remembered for his advocacy for students with special needs and gifted students; as a pioneer in energy conservation and environmental awareness, fiscal accountability, and his commitment to student success and well-being.
Chair of the Board Mark Mullan said, “John will be missed around the Board table and the province for his professionalism, his caring approach, his friendship and his leadership in Catholic education.”
Trustee Curry was a respected journalist. He attended school-based events and documented them for local newspapers. For over 40 years, the students of West Carleton, Stittsville, Kanata West, Rideau-Goulbourn and Osgoode eagerly read their local newspaper, looking for their accomplishments to be featured by community reporter John Curry.
Ottawa Catholic School Board, Director of Education, Thomas D’Amico described John as a multi-talented individual who was an author, filmmaker, journalist, historian, poet and a true gentleman. Mr. D’Amico said, “John never sought the limelight for himself – he was much more comfortable shining the light on others’ accomplishments.” He added, “everyone will miss John’s quick wit and ability to build consensus through humour, common sense, and kindness.”
Trustee Curry set a great example of Board-wide leadership by serving on many committees, including SEAC, SAL, OSTA, the Historical Committee, Safe Schools, and the Honours and Awards Committee. He was also the driving force of the Board’s 150 Years of Catholic Education Book.
Mr. Curry dedicated countless hours to community service. He was the founding member of the Goulbourn Museum; he was the first Chair of the Holy Spirit Parish Council and a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Rotary Club and the Lions Club.
Chair Mullan said he and his fellow Trustees want to offer their prayers to John’s family, friends and community. Adding, he will miss John’s friendship. Though many will feel his loss, his legacy will live on through his books, poetry, and contributions to Catholic education.
Funeral details can be found on the Arbor Memorial website.
Kelly Funeral Home – Kanata Chapel
February 11, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
February 11, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Holy Spirit Parish
February 12, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM