In Memory

Robert J Currey - Class Of 1962

Robert J Currey

Robert "Bob Currey, born July 15, 1944, passed from this world on October 18, 2016. Bob was the light, smile, and heart to his wife, children, brothers, family, and friends. Bob lived his life showing others what Jesus' love is like. Bob was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to parents Olive and William 'Jack' Currey. At the age of seven, his family moved to America and settled in South Pasadena. He graduated from South Pasadena High School in 1962 and then attended Pasadena City College. He became a United States naturalized citizen, so that he could be a DJ with his own radio program, called 'The Currey Go-Round'. 

Bob loved his church and his music. His favorite was the Gaither Vocal Band, and he loved to sing praises with the Gaither Homecoming Concerts. In California, he was a member of Alhambra Baptist Church and Freeway Baptist Church. He cut a single record in the early 60s named 'Be Sure it's True When You Say I Love You'. After college he went to work for IBM. IBM moved him to Houston, Texas in 1973 where he joined Tallowood Baptist Church. It was at Tallowood where he first laid eyes on his soon to be bride, Cheryl, who for the rest of his life, would be his 'babe'. Bob and Cheryl married in 1975 and settled in Houston. They spent the early years of their marriage singing together in vocal groups and leading worship in Sunday school class.

Bob was an entrepreneur. He left IBM to enter the real estate business which led to becoming a Jack-in-the-Box franchisee. Years later, after making them successful, he moved into a new business making video yearbooks for high schools. Bob loved people. From that business, Bob moved on to day trading. Bob loved to volunteer at his churches; as a greeter and a clerk at Tallowood and later served at the welcome desk at Second Baptist for 15 years. He loved sports and coaching his daughters on their teams. He loved being the number one cheerleader for his brother, David's teams, and he loved to root for the Texas Longhorns with his wife and daughter Stefanie, and the New England Patriots with his daughter Jennifer.

Bob was always up for a challenge. He was faithful to his exercise and was very proud of his 5-6 mile walks in Memorial Park. In his later years he caught the travel bug. He was happy to take trips to California, Europe, Las Vegas, and various cruises with his wife, daughters, sons-in-law, and brothers. Bob was a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the 100 Club. Bob never met a stranger. He loved his family and friends and his Saviour. He had a smile for everyone, a song for every moment, and we will never be hugged like Bob could hug.

Bob is survived by his beautiful wife Cheryl; his proudest accomplishments, his daughters Jennifer (Joe) Van Matre, and Stefanie (John) Litzler; brothers, David (Elaine) Currey (SPHS '61) and Scott (Jill) Currey (SPHS '67); beloved nieces and nephews, and dearest friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bill Currey (SPHS '59) and Brock Currey (SPHS '66); and his son, Jack Currey.

Houston Chronicle, October 22, 2016



Lumeta and I extend our condolences to the Currey family and are saddened by his passing. We knew Bob and his brothers well in high school and had many good times together ...

Bob and Lumeta Franklin Corteway '62

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10/23/16 08:34 AM #1    

Diana Gruhn (Guthery) (1962)

I attended El Centro Elementary School with Bob.  I believe he started there

in the 3rd grade.  We started out friends then and have continued over the years.  I was so saddened to hear of his death last week.  It seemed so sudden.  Bob was always such a uplifting and seemingly happy person.  I know he loved life and his family, always having good stories of them.  My prayers go out to his family and friends and know that your loved one was thought of highly by many - all the way back to his young age. 

10/23/16 09:23 AM #2    

Kathleen A Buckner (1962)

What a shock!  I am so very sad to hear of Bob's passing.  I had enjoyed so much seeing him at the 50th reunion, which sparked so many happy memories of knowing him in high school.  He was always so upbeat and full of life, one of my very favorite people from those years.  All my condolences to his family for this great loss.

10/23/16 09:50 AM #3    

Margo Prince (Misterly) (1962)

I'm so sorry to hear about Bob! From Grammer School on Bob was a happy guy!

When I think back to my El Centro days I remember Bob chasing the girls and having fun. 

Such great memories from my early childhood. 

Rest In Peace Bob! Heaven will be more wimsicle with your presence. 

10/23/16 10:19 PM #4    

Barbara Flack (Bloomquist) (1962)

I was so saddened by the news of Bob's sudden passing. This is a such a loss for our class! He was a wonderful person and we are all so much better for having known him. I remember so many fun times from Jr. High and High School with him. His joyful spirit was always uplifting.

My heartfelt condolences go out to his precious family.😢❤️

Barbara Flack Bloomquist

10/24/16 01:28 PM #5    

Virginia (Aka Ginger) Moser (Anderson) (1962)

So many years ago since our school days but you are someone that you can never forget and you left me with wonderful memories.  So sad to see your name on this list along with the many others.  You will always remain in my thoughts when i think back to the good ole South Pasadena days.  Love, Ginger. 

11/09/16 12:19 PM #6    

Bovard Martin (1962)

I was really sorry to hear about the passing of Bob.  He it seemed as if he was always happy, and had a smile on his face.  The world needs more people like  Bob.


Bo Martin

11/26/16 05:36 PM #7    

Linda Coontz (Malone) (1962)

I was so very sorry to hear about Bob's sudden passing! He was a friend from elementary school, and I have many happy memories of him during all of our school years. His joy and sense of fun was always infectious! My heart goes out to his family. I know from conversations with him at our reunions how devoted he was to his wife and daughters and extended family.

05/22/18 10:45 AM #8    

Mike Jackson (1962)

Bob was a genuinely good guy. Like Pat Snowden, I do not think he was capable of ill will toward others. As there are not nearly enough individuals of this nature, their loss is a loss to us all.

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