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Michael Edmund Curtin
(January 31, 1949 - October 24, 2012)

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Michael Edmund Curtin (Age 63) Passed away in his sleep on October 24, 2012 in Shepherdstown, WV. He leaves behind countless individuals that he touched with his whimsical attitudes, firm believes and amazing intellect. He was born in Washington, DC on January 31, 1949 to Edmund and Rita Curtin, whom he loved dearly. He attended Our Lady Queen Peace School in SE Washington, Mackin and Bishop McNamera High Schools, and graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA and Masters in US History. He was raised in Bradbury Heights, MD. He served as the museum curator of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, in Norfolk, VA, and later the curator of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. He retired, due to illness, in the early 1990s. He later attempted to return to work as a teacher in Jefferson County, WV, but his bad heart had another agenda. He was married in the 1970s to Miki Rosenthal, the marriage ended in divorce; however, she remained in his thoughts. He will be missed by all his friends everywhere, especially in West Virginia, the state he loved so much – ALMOST HEAVEN. He is survived by his sisters, Teri “Meecie” Curtin of Waldorf, MD and her partner and his friend – Howdy Moore; and Kathy Curtin Gelmini and her husband Joseph Gelmini, of Atlanta, GA. He also leaves behind three nephews, David and Robert Gelmini, and Ryan Miles; and two nieces, Colleen Miles Counihan and Patricia Gelmini Boyter, and their children. They will miss their Uncle Mike. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Rita and “The Chief” Curtin. He would not want it to go unsaid how much he appreciated and loved all his friends, he treasured his past, and was always optimistic about his future, even though he was so ill. He would so want to thank all that kept in touch with him, visited him countless times, took him in when he needed someone and just loved him. He was truly a fortunate individual. A memorial gathering is being planned. Please refer to Michael’s Facebook page for details – the page will remain active for a couple of months for postings.

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