Service Runs in the Family
In the early part of the last century, most funeral directors, or for the times "undertakers" came from the furniture or carpentry business. So did E.O. Curry. Around 1919, Edward O. Curry worked for William H. Croft, an "undertaker" who worked out of his furniture store at 947 Main Street in Peekskill. Upon Mr. Croft's death, Mr. Curry founded his own funeral home, operating from the furniture store for years after, for during those years there was not a need for a "funeral home," because people would not let someone, the "undertaker" take their loved ones from their residence. The deaths occurred at home, the preparations most of the time were performed at home, the body was waked at home for days until the funeral service. It was a different time.
Mr. Curry proved to be something of a pioneer in the profession. In the 1920s he brought the first private ambulance to the Peekskill/Cortlandt area, in 1936, Mr. Curry moved from the Main Street store front to a house located on Paulding Street where they operated for three-years until 1939, when he purchased the grand ol' home at 313 North James Street, that houses our present facility. Our building was built by and the former residence of Nathaniel Dain and family, who just like Edward Curry, was a local pioneer, having his own retail lumberyard down at the Peekskill waterfront, which is still owned & operated by the Dain family. In the mid-1930s Mr. Curry's sons, Edward (Ed) O. Curry, Jr. and William H. Curry, earned their funeral director or "undertaker" licenses and joined their father in business. Ed Curry, Jr had also entitled in the United States Navy, where he served as a First Class Pharmacist's Mate also known as a corman. Ed Curry, Jr. had married and bore a son and daughter, his son Edward O. Curry, 3rd, during the mid-1960s, earned his funeral directors license and joined his father, as his father once did.
For the past forty-five years, Edward "Ned" O. Curry, 3rd has cared for families in their time of need with the same tradition of compassion and personal attention that had been established by his grandfather so long ago. And since 2008, Peekskill native Joseph J. Schuka, a NYS Licensed Funeral Director, joined the E.O. Curry staff and has been serving the community of Peekskill, which he loves. Joe has enjoyed a long history at E.O. Curry, having interned during his high school senior year; learning all aspects and all that goes into providing a dignified and meaningful funeral service. A welcome addition to our staff, Joe offers a modern approach while maintaining the Curry's dedication to traditional funeral and memorial services.
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