George “Bud” Curry, 89, of Camillus, passed away Tuesday at St. Camillus Health & Rehabilitation Center. A lifetime resident of Syracuse, he was a 1951 graduate of St. John the Evangelist School where he played basketball, proudly wearing the number 4. Bud graduated from Niagara University in 1956 where he met the love of his life, Joyce Miller. He married Joyce in 1957 and they had six children. He joined U.S. Army that same year and served for two years at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC, as a typing instructor.
A communicant of St. Joseph’s Church of Camillus where he served as an usher, Bud was also a legendary food broker in Syracuse for many decades. He enjoyed reading and visiting the Maxwell Memorial Library where he served on the Board. An avid sports fan, Bud volunteered as a baseball coach and loved watching his children and grandchildren play various sports. He was a master at creating nicknames and had at least one nickname for everyone he met. Bud loved music, dancing, and dressing in a sharp sweater with a collared shirt. He was very patriotic and eager to sing “God Bless America” at special events such as West Genesee lacrosse games and the Joyce Curry Classic, a fundraising golf tournament in memory of his late wife.
Bud was predeceased by his beloved wife of 45 years, Joyce, in 2002; parents, Leroy and Jane (Hennessey) Curry; brothers, Jerry, in 2019 and Tom, in 1982; and nephew, Jim Curry, in 2022.
Surviving are his children, Brad (Lynn) of Millersville, MD, Craig (Mary) of Portland, ME, Terry (Ouida) of Wilmette, IL, Scott (Jean) of Roanoke, VA, Todd (Erin) of Lutherville, MD, and Meghan (BJ O’Hara) Curry of Camillus; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and niece, Joanne Humphrey of Camillus.
Bud was proud of his family and smiled when he spoke of them.
Bud’s family is very grateful for his wonderful care from the staff at St. Camillus.
Relatives and friends may call Thursday, August 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, August 25 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, 5600 W. Genesee St., Camillus.
George will be laid to rest in Greenlawn Cemetery, Warners.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Camillus Health & Rehabilitation Center, 813 Fay Rd., Syracuse, NY 13219.