Published April 5, 2019

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Early morning March 30, 2019, John V. Curry, Jr., 72, passed away peacefully at his home in La Quinta, California from heart and lung complications. Known as Jack to family and friends.

Raised in Wellesley and Arlington Mass., Jack attended BC High graduating in 1964 and graduated from Boston College in 1968. After college he served six years in the United States Army Reserve. For most of his professional career he was president of the family-owned and operated independent agency Insurance Associates Inc. serving families and businesses throughout the Boston area. Through this, he maintained a work-life balance, allocating time for his family as a loving and proud father involved in various youth sports. He eventually settled in Burlington, Mass. in 1973 where he and his wife Janet raised their two sons before moving to La Quinta in December 2012. He enjoyed a well-earned retirement among the palm trees and desert mountains, playing golf while residing in proximity to his children’s families. He always appreciated finance and following the stock market and finally found the time to pursue it as a daily hobby in his later years.

In his younger years he enjoyed fishing, skiing, hockey, tennis, baseball and summers “down the Cape.” Throughout his life, there was always a book, map, or a newspaper nearby. He never passed a historical landmark without at least considering stopping the family car to inspect it closer. There is an unverified claim he rebuilt a car from scratch once, and a verified claim he rebuilt a small boat once. Jack could always find a project around the house that he needed to attend to.

Jack is survived by his beloved wife Janet F. (Crowley) Curry with whom he shared 47 years of marriage.

In addition to his wife, Jack is survived by his oldest son, John Curry III of Scottsdale, Ariz. along with his wife Tasha and three sons Carson, Camden and Crew, and younger son, Scott Curry of Encinitas, Calif. along with his wife Lisa and their two daughters Sienna and Morgan, and his brothers Brian of Plymouth, Mass. and Michael of Winchester, Mass.

A standard fault-finding fan of all Boston professional sports, perhaps Jack’s greatest pleasure was watching amateur hockey, especially his two sons. He once boasted that he believed he had either skated in or watched a game or practice in every hockey rink in Massachusetts—some many, many, many times over. An avid fan and longtime season ticket holder of Boston College football and hockey, he once calculated that he had attended over 700 college hockey games stretching from Arizona to North Dakota to New England. He and Janet caught one of the final trains home from the infamous 1978 Beanpot Tournament and retold the story of his foresight to anyone that cared to bring up the “Blizzard of ‘78” in passing. He found tremendous joy in watching his grandkids play baseball, softball, soccer and hockey.

One of Jack’s hallmarks was ensuring that everything was taken care of: as a businessman, a diligent caretaker of his homes and vehicles, and his wife and kids. This sentiment continued throughout his entire life, always seeking an opportunity to dispense wisdom and advice to family and friends. He was never shy about sharing stories about his old friends through the years. He never shied away from a discussion about politics or history either. Beyond occasional boasting of his kids or grandkids’ accomplishments, Jack valued living an unpretentiousness life guided by virtues of tradition, constancy and uprightness. He most certainly never wanted to be a bother to anyone if he could.

“I probably could have tried to make a bunch of money doing this or that and taking some big job somewhere along the line, but I wanted to be around for everything you guys were doing and take care of the house and stuff like that, and I think I made the right decision and everything seemed to work out OK.” ~ ~Jack, during a moment of reflection to his son years ago.

Relatives and friends gathered in honor and remembrance of Jack during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Thursday, April 4 and again on Friday before leaving in procession to St. Charles Borromeo Church, 280 Main St., Woburn, for his Mass of Christian Burial. For online tribute or directions visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com.