Augustus Theodore Curtiss, “Gus,” as known by his friends and family, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2015 after a long, brave struggle with ALS.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Bellona Memorial Presbyterian Church, Pre-Emption Road, Bellona, at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 18. A private family burial will be held at the Bellona Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Gus Curtiss may be made to Ontario-Yates Hospice (75 Pre-Emption Rd., Geneva, N.Y. 14456, The Bellona Fire Department (P.O. Box 87, Bellona, N.Y. 14415}; The Bellona Cemetery (P.O. Box 84, Bellona, N.Y. 14415); or The ALS Association of Rochester, New York.
Gus was born Aug. 21, 1934 in Norfolk, Conn., to the late Albert and Elizabeth (Manville) Curtiss. Gus enlisted in the Army as a Military Police Officer on Feb. 29, 1956. While stationed at the Military Police Security Detachment Unit (9399-3) Seneca Ordinance Depot in Romulus, Gus met his one and only true love, Madeline Iddings, whom he married on Nov. 29, 1959.
Gus was later employed by the N.Y.S. Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. He retired after 27 years of dedicated and tireless commitment to his job, which anyone who knew Gus would have expected nothing less.
Gus was well known for his volunteerism in his community. He became involved with his local fire department in Bellona, from 1963 to the present. He was the Chief of the Bellona Fire Department from 1967-1969, 1974-1977 and 1980-1982. He served as 2nd Assistant Chief from 1983-1985. He was the Yates County Deputy Fire Coordinator for Town of Benton (Car 2) from 1965 to September 2008; Past Treasurer of the Yates County Fire Association; and Past Treasurer of the Northern Central Fire Association, where he was an honorary life member.
Gus also made the time to be a past Commissioner for the Yates County Junior Football League. He was currently on the Board for the Bellona Cemetery. He was a busy man, a dedicated man, but was always ready to lend a helping hand to his family, neighbors, and many friends.
Gus is survived by his beloved wife, Madeline Iddings Curtiss; his loving children, Elizabeth Curtiss (friend Richard Milczarski) and Theodore Curtiss and wife, Kathleen; his four cherished grandchildren, Eric Vanhemel (Jessica), Stephen Curtiss, Ashley Curtiss, and Kaitlyn Hamm; and his sister, Eleanor Ellert of Connecticut, whom he loved dearly. He is also survived by three sisters-in-law, Joan Carpenter, Diane Miller, and Jane Beattie; several nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews; and two great-great nephews.
Gus’s friendly manner, sense of humor, which he used to comfort all of us throughout this journey, and generous soul will be greatly missed and forever remembered by all who were privileged to have known him. He may have passed on from this world, but his spirit will remain forever in our hearts.
The family would like to thank their mother (grandmother), Madeline, for her love, compassion, patience, and care for their father (grandfather). The family would also like to thank Ontario-Yates Hospice, and especially Hospice Nurse Karen Strickland. The family would also like to thank Patricia Milczarski, and Phyllis and Bob Johnson.
To send a condolence to Gus’ family, please visit www.kenperkinsfuneralhome.com.