After retirement from the Air Force in 1987, Major Currier once again became "Mr. Currier," high school English teacher, first on staff at St. John's Academy and then, after the merger between St. John's and Mount Assumption Institute in 1989, Seton Catholic Central. There he taught mainly seniors and led the new school's inaugural AP English program. Years in the military had only intensified his dedication to discipline and academic rigor, and he made a daunting impression on his students who, if they rose to his many challenges, often claim he helped inspire them to new heights in high school, college, and beyond.
It's no wonder that, outside of work, his loves were simple - gardening (including a lifelong quest for the perfect tomato), fishing, bonsai, the occasional game of pool, reading fiction, writing letters, and above all being a devoted father to his two daughters, Joanna and Kate, who he raised as a single father. He will be buried this summer at Arlington National Cemetery, about which he modestly said, "Though I may not be worthy to lie in rest with so many heroes, I like the company."
He is survived by his daughter, Joanna (Currier) Della Penna; son-in-law, Michael Della Penna; and grandson, Leo Della Penna; daughter, Katherine Currier; brothers, Joseph Currier, Roger Currier, and Robert Currier; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court Street, Plattsburgh. A funeral memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 21, at St. John's Church in Plattsburgh. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Joseph's Indian School, www.stjo.org, or Covenant House, www.covenanthouse.org.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.rwwalkerfh.com