MANCHESTER, N.H. - Frederick Earle Curtis, of Manchester, a 41-year military veteran, died peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, while surrounded by his loving family.
Fred was born in Hanover to parents George Curtis and Emily (Doubleday) Curtis. He grew up in Montpelier, Vt. Following 10 years of service with the Navy, Fred attended college and joined the National Guard. He graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia and became a quality engineer. He worked for Dupont in Pennsylvania and retired from Meggitt Avionics in Manchester.
A loving father and community leader and a 32nd-degree Mason, Fred volunteered his time for the Moore Center clients, the Arc of Greater Manchester and the Special Olympics. He was known for his chicken-costumed exploits at the annual Penguin Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics.
Fred was an avid photographer and a member of the Manchester Artists Association, selling numerous landscapes at art shows across New Hampshire. A craftsman with a green thumb, Fred also enjoyed keeping a meticulous lawn and hosting barbecues and gatherings for his family.
He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Curtis, brother-in-law Chris Schuitema, to whom he became "Dad" in every sense of the word; stepchildren, Beth Levasseur and Mike Levasseur and his wife, Lisa; brother-in-law, Tony Pieroni of Rogue Valley, Ore.; sister Evalyn Bowman of Skowhegan, Maine; and brothers, Skip Curtis and his wife, Roberta of San Jose, Calif, and Robert Curtis and his wife, Jeanne of South Barre, Vt. He also leaves behind many nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Frederick Curtis Jr., and brother Howard Curtis.
All are invited to a gathering at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, on Friday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a memorial service starting at 11 a.m. An inurnment with honors will be held at New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 D.W. Highway in Boscawen, at a later date and will be posted on the website listed below. For more information or to view an online tribute, go to www.phaneuf.net.