Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Life Sketch for Shamus Curry

Remembrance Service will be held for Shamus Michael Curry III
Antioch Seventh-day Adventist Church
2200 Country Hills Dr., Antioch, CA 94509

July 9 at 11:00 a.m.
Interment will follow at Union Cemetery in Brentwood, CA

Shamus Michael Curry III
August 13, 1980 - July 3, 2009

Shamus Michael Curry III was born on August 13, 1980 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He passed away on Friday, July 3, 2009 at his home in Tracy, California. He was just 1 month and 10 days from his 29th birthday.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy (Leone) Curry of Tracy, California and by their baby daughter, Caitlynn Anne, born on June 22, 2008.

He also leave behind his mother, Susan Zimmerman and her husband Dan of Brentwood, California; his brother, Steven Curry of San Ramon; his in-laws (Wendy’s parents) Steve and Jeannie Leone and by his brother-in-law Michael Leone all of Tracy.

He is survived by his grandmother and great-aunt, Arlene Richter and Jean Mauro of San Ramon, and by his Uncle Ted Richter and his wife Maria of Discovery Bay, CA and by his Aunt Karen Richter of Los Angeles, California.

He is survived by two nephews: Jonathan and Jake Richter and by the many members of his step-father’s family - the extended family of the Zimmermans.

His father, Shamus Michael Curry, Jr, preceded him in death in 1984 in an auto-accident, when Shamus the Third was just 3.5 years of age.


Shamus was the first of two boys born to his parents. He started life in New Jersey, but soon moved to California, at the age of 6 months. His brother Steven knows that his brother was 1 year, 4 months, 3 days older than him.

The family moved to Northern California, and moved among the communities of Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Brentwood and Tracy. Shamus went to elementary school at St. Philips Lutheran School, then on to Wells Middle School, and went to High School in Dublin, where he graduated with the class of 1998.

He worked for Raleys as a 16 year old boy, there for about 5 years. After High School, he took a few classes in fire suppression at Los Positas College in Livermore, but additional school wasn’t for him. He went to work for Staples, working his way up in just 7 years…from being a stock clerk to being general manager of the Tracy store. He became the go-to guy for the upper managers, after they saw his organization abilities, awesome people skills and positive attitude. He was summoned to work at several area stores when they were under-performing.

In 2004, through a mutual friend, he met Wendy. She was a woman he wanted to pursue! One of his first dates with her was in his step-dad’s car… “borrowed” without asking.

During their first month together, Wendy spent two weeks in Italy. Their romance was blossoming quickly…and at a cost. Wendy recalls that she ran up at least $500 in phone charges during that time of immediate separation.

Shamus had sent a stuffed animal with Wendy on her Europe trip. It was a “Pink Monkey”, and Wendy took it to bed with her each evening.

Their friendship developed over the next several years. They traveled together to Hawaii, Monterey, San Diego, Rancho Mirage and other favorite locations. In December of 2004, they bought a house together, and enjoyed fixing it up just the way they wanted it.

On June 16, 2007 they took their marriage vows at the Ruby Hill Country Club, and honeymooned in the Caribbean – in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

He was romantic and attentive to doing crazy things, with his friends and for his girl. He was pressed for time and wanted to propose to Wendy before she took a trip to Las Vegas. Because no local jeweler could meet his need for a ring in time, he took off with Ken Wu to Los Angeles to make his purchase in a part of town that Ken describes as a ghetto!

Shamus loved food. He had many favorite restaurants, including Crustaceans, Simply Fondue and Vick Stewarts in Walnut Creek. He had strange food choices which he would enjoy with his brother and his best friend Ken Wu, and other more normal food choices to enjoy with Wendy.

Shamus loved to shop…especially at Costco. Wendy says that their house was basically decorated and furnished from Costco. He knew most of the employees at his local store.

He was a people person, with a big heart for friends and family. He had a big heart, and loved to play the host for family events. He insisted that he host Christmas at his house, and would put up many festive decorations for the season.
He loved life and loved to laugh, and loved to be the life of the party. He enjoyed locking out his friends when they were outside in the hot tub, and other little jokes.

He also loved things clean. His family says that should he have gotten a tattoo, it would have been the name DYSON, the vacuum company. He was constantly vacuuming, or cleaning off the counters or straightening his daughter’s toys. He was a meticulous neat nick!

Shamus loved the family pets: He enjoyed the company of Sienna, a dog, bought just after he and Wendy met, and cats Webster, Winter and later Jasmine, a gift for his birthday. He was one of the few in the family that could play with Winter, who was known for being feisty, and was known for drawing blood.

He loved children too. He loved his young nephew, Jake; and was delighted when he became a father 6 days after his first anniversary.

In November 2007 (as they celebrated the marriage of Shamus’s Mom, Susan, to Dan Zimmerman) Shamus and Wendy were pleased to announce to their family that they were pregnant! A baby was on the way! But, while celebrating with Susan and Dan in Hawaii, Shamus had some severe headaches. Three days after they returned from Hawaii, Shamus was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

He fought it every way he could: Operation, Radiation, Chemotherapy. In fact – 6 different types of chemotherapy. He did O.K. for a while, but the tumor was fast growing. Still, he never complained or questioned the unfairness of it all. When asked how he was doing he would change the subject…or say “I’ll be fine.”

In the past two months, just before infirmity started to set in due to the tumor, he was able to travel with Wendy, Caitlynn, Susan and Dan to visit some of his favorite places on earth: The Turks, Palm Springs and Monterey, as well as enjoy the celebrations of his anniversary and Caitlynn’s 1st birthday.

Shamus loved God, and was anointed for divine healing of his illness. We believe that God loves Shamus, and has forgiven his sins, through the blood of Jesus.
Shamus loved and believed in Jesus as his Savior. He knew his future was secure in the arms of the One who will come in the clouds of glory.

Our lives have been enriched because we have loved and have been loved by Shamus Curry. He has been a Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Nephew, Cousin, and Friend!. We trust him to the arms of Jesus, who will judge him with mercy and love. Our lives were enriched for having known him. His passing leaves a hole in our lives. Today, you too are invited to place your hope in Jesus, and to also be ready for the resurrection of the dead and the restoration of all things.

Lovingly prepared by the Family, with Pastor O. Kris Widmer
Printed: July 8, 2009

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