Charles R. Curtis, 58, formerly of Nashua, N.H., and Oak Bluffs, died on May 3, 2011, at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, Fla.
Charlie was born on May 15, 1952, to Howard Stone and Ruth Melvina (Rowland) Curtis. He was a graduate of Moses Brown High School and held degrees from Nasson College, N.H., Technical College, Rivier College and St. Anselm College.
Charlie’s lifelong love of sailing and the ocean formed during his youth in Rhode Island where he spent many summers on Narragansett Bay. His children inherited this love and enjoyed visiting him on his 38-foot sailboat on the Florida Gulf Coast.
He worked as a department store manager, an HVAC repairman, drove tractor trailers and did maintenance at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, N.H.
Charlie became an elementary art educator in New Hampshire public schools. He ran several marathons, including the Boston Marathon. He was creative, kind, and had a stubborn independent streak. He was able to live on his boat throughout a fight with pancreatic cancer.
He is survived by his daughter, Meredith of Madison Wisc., and son, Chad of Edgartown, his sister, Fayre Stephenson of Saco, Maine, longtime friend Rosalie Kuehn and nephews Alex and Nat Stephenson. He spent 18 years married to ex-wife Celeste Stickney (Coutu) of Edgartown.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2011, at 3 pm at the Ferry Beach Park Association in Saco, Maine.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Lee County, Fla., the Ferry Beach Park Association, Sail Martha’s Vineyard and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.horizonfunerals.com.