Richard Everette Curlee
Richard Everette Curlee
  • January 31, 1937 - January 26, 2018
  • Cary, North Carolina

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Richard Everette Curlee, 80, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on January 26th at UNC Hospice Home in Pittsboro.

Richard attended Broughton High School in Raleigh and graduated from NC State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Richard's long and successful career was spent at Curlee Machinery Company in Cary, initially working alongside his father and later assuming ownership.

Throughout his lifetime Richard's curiosity and enthusiasm lead him to explore varied hobbies and pastimes. An early interest in music became a lifelong source of enjoyment. He was an accomplished tenor and sang with a number of different church and secular groups. He inherited his father's love of fishing which was a source of joy throughout his life and one he shared with family and friends. Richard had a love of all things mechanical and could often be found in his workshop tinkering, building, or repairing almost anything. Within his family it was understood that if something was broken, grandpa could fix it. Never one to be limited, Richard also found enjoyment in camping, motorcycle touring, boating, photography, and woodworking. Richard was proud to be a member of both the Masonic Order and the Shriners. Above all other things Richard's greatest joy was spending time with his family and his many lifelong friends.

Richard was born in Mecklenburg County to the late Harvie P. Curlee and Katie Swanner Curlee. The youngest of five children, Richard was preceded by his siblings Harvie Curlee Jr., Sugenia Curlee Grenzebach, Craigie Curlee Rowland, and Sandy Curlee. Richard is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Joyce Testerman Curlee, and his stepchildren Gregg Duke (Pia) and Karen Duke Wellish, his grandchildren Allison Duke Brown, Amanda Duke Hall (Ethan), Sarah Wellish, Daniel Wellish, and Nathan Wellish, his great grandson Bennett Brown, and many dearly loved nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 4th at 1:00pm followed by his memorial service at 2:00pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Rd, Cary, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Richard's name to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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