George E. Curtis Jr. (1923 - 2014)

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SCARBOROUGH -- George E. Curtis Jr., 91, passed away (promoted to Glory) peacefully at Maine Medical Center surrounded by family members on June 4, 2014.

He was born on May 5, 1923, in Portland, the son of George and Hazel (Bonney) Curtis. George grew up in the Augusta area, graduating from Cony High School in 1940 at age 16. Shortly after high school, George enrolled at Bates College but soon thereafter he interrupted his college studies to enlist in the United States Army Air Corps to serve in the war.

He married his wife of nearly 71 years, Violet (Paquin) Curtis prior to shipping off to Europe to serve as a radio man in WWII, flying 65 bombing missions in Europe at the height of the war. His last mission was on the morning of Valentine's day, which he returned from safely only to be grounded from taking the afternoon mission because he was due to go home and sadly his crew never returned from that afternoon mission.

George returned from the war to finish college at Bates while working at the WGAN radio station. He became a nationally ranked disc jockey who was called 'The Man with the Golden Voice.' In 1953 George was instrumental in bringing the first television station to Portland, WPMT, which was later superseded by the current local stations. During that time he was also a regular cast member of the Portland Players starring in leading roles.

He then served in Maine politics as administrative assistant to Governor Cross from 1953-1955 and later in 1957 was elected to serve as a state senator in the 98th legislature, serving with Margaret Chase Smith and Edmund Muskie, among others. Senator Curtis wrote the bill requiring teens to take driver's education along with other bills. He was also instrumental in arranging for Governor Percival Baxter to deed his summer home on Mackworth Island to form the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. He exited politics after an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Congress where he was backed by many prominent Portland businessmen such as Mr. Porteous, Mr. Rines and Guy Gannett, the former owner of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.

Later in life, he started a new career in insurance which developed into a 40+ year career as a financial planner working well into his late 80s. Additionally, he was a strong Christian believer who served as a lay minister preaching the Word at churches in Maine and New England as well as hosting a local Christian talk show on WBCI.

George was predeceased by a granddaughter, Jenny Mae Tounge; and son-in-law, Michael Porter. He is survived by his wife, Violet; as well as five children, Georgia Porter of Portland, Tracy Curtis and wife Mary Jane of Sun City Center, Fla., George Curtis III and his wife Ann of Damariscotta, Jerri Tounge and her husband Jeffrey of Portland and Scott Curtis and his wife Linda of Arundel; along with 14 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff at Maine Medical Center for their care of George during his time there.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of life service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at First Baptist Church, Canco Road, Portland, with a social at the church immediately after the service.


In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project,


www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 6, 2014
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