John Currie

Born: Sat., Apr. 26, 1941
Died: Wed., Dec. 25, 2019


Celebration of Life

10:00 AM Mon., Dec. 30, 2019
Location: Holy Family Church


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John Joseph Currie
Sydney / Sydney Mines


John Joseph Currie peacefully passed away at home in Sydney on Christmas day after a brave battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.  Johnnie had a rich and fulfilling life.  A life-long educator and community leader, he leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Kate Carney (Francis) and his two daughters, Suzie Currie (Dennis) and Kerry Lynn Mercer (Craig), his brothers Dougal (Bev) and Bernie (Patricia) Currie, sister Sharon (Alex) O’Neill and great aunt, Sister Teresa Currie.  He is predeceased by his parents John and Josie, his sisters Eleanor and Claire, and brother Liam.  We will deeply miss Johnnie’s quick wit, humour, quiet generosity, and his dedication to many Cape Breton communities.  The family is so very thankful for the personal care and support from Dr. Michel and Louise McKeough and Manning Jobes and his staff.  A Celebration of John’s life will be held at Holy Family Church in Sydney Mines on Monday, December 30, 2019, at 10 am, with Fr. Jim Oliver officiating, followed by a gathering at the Parish Hall. Donations in John’s memory may be made to the Canadian Lung Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Northside Hospital Foundation. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to his family at www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com

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Kevin and Helen Beaton
   Posted Fri December 27, 2019
Dear Kate and family, Helen and I send our condolences and prayers at this difficult time. It was a pleasure to have been taught by him while he was practice teaching at SMH and then work with him at various times throughout our careers.

Paul bowne
   Posted Fri December 27, 2019
Really sorry to hear about John’s passing. I know he will be missed. I had him in high school as a teacher and really enjoyed his classes. He touched many lives and know he had a great life.

Adrian MacDougall
   Posted Fri December 27, 2019
Condolences for a dear friend and classmate. May God be good to you.
Adrian MacDougall

Maureen C.Fyfe
   Posted Fri December 27, 2019
To The Family of John Currie:
I was so sorry to hear of John's death, worked at the School Board as School Secretary and John was a excellent Superintendent and always kind to everyone that worked in the system. He is not suffering anymore, the many memories you have will help you in the days ahead. May God's loving arms, family and friends surround you. Rest in Peace, your job on earth is finished.
God Bless,
Maureen C.Fyfe

brian higgins
   Posted Fri December 27, 2019
my condolences to the family

Tabitha
   Posted Fri December 27, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing Suzie and Kerry. My thoughts are with you both and your families during this time. Warmly, Tabitha

Paul Jenkins
   Posted Fri December 27, 2019
Sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a great teacher and became a good friend to me and the rest of our family. Rest in peace.

Bernie and Lilly Legatto
   Posted Fri December 27, 2019
So sorry for your loss and sincere condolences

Nora T Currie
   Posted Fri December 27, 2019
Although we did not see him a lot, cousin Johnny was writ large in our lives. For me, he was a poet, orator, storyteller and historian who was always curious and interested in other's lives. The last time I saw him was at his mother's table in her new home. We ate, drank, got political and laughed a lot, his booming laugh filling the room and our hearts. I was fortunate to talk with him a few months ago and he spoke proudly of Kate and his daughters. Rest in peace and power Johnny. Your contributions to family and community will resonate for generations to come.
Nora

jackie n philip penny
   Posted Fri December 27, 2019
we were so sorry to hear of Johnnys passing our deepest symphathy to all his family n friends

Roberta
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Condolences Kate and girls,

Johnnie was the best boss I ever had and allowed me to bring technology to the library system.

Fred & Marg MacDonald
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Rest in peace Johnny.....you will be missed by so many.

Jeanne Ewing
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Dear Kate, I send my condolences and prayers.

Russell and Anne MacDonald
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Kate and Family:
We knew it was coming but it is always difficult when death arrives. Our thoughts are with you at this time. John and I shared many experiences together, whether in education or union. God bless.

Shirley ( Jackson) MacLeod
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
To the family of Johnny Currie,
I'm so sorry to hear of Johnny's passing. I met him when I was a School Board member. He was always so kind & helpful. May he rest in Peace. The days ahead will be very difficult for you. Look to the Lord for strength. May God Bless you all.
Shirley MacLeod

The Confiant's of Niagara
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
We were very saddened to learn of Johnny's recent passing. Please accept deepest condolences from the Confiant cousins in Ontario. Reading Johnny's book and conversations with him inspired me to become involved with genealogy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Mike MacKean
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Christie and Ken
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Kerry Lynn and family,
We are so sorry to hear the sad news of your Dad's passing. It is evident he was very well loved and will be terribly missed. Our love from Christie and Ken

Dale and Shelley Keefe
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Suzie, we are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts at this difficult time.

Lyn McInnis
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Liz and Freeman Theriault and Family

Karen Delaney
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Dear Kate & Family...My deepest condolences to all of you on.Johnnies passing
He was a wonderful man..I worked with him for many years and
we had lots of laughs and fun...He was so great to work with...
You will miss him but have lots of beautiful memories..God Bless you all

John Coady
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Dear Kate and Family:
Sincere condolences. I was saddened to learn of Johnnie’s passing. I have wonderful memories of a shared career in particular at SMJH. He was a dedicated educator and community activist. Always greeting friends with a ready smile and warm handshake. God bless.
John and Sandy

Blaine Morrison
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
I was saddened to learn of Johnny's passing. He was an inspiring teacher who never forgot his Sydney Mines roots. I remember dissecting frogs and peering through microscopes in Biology labs. He helped to make learning enjoyable and memorable. My condolences to the entire family.

Blaine Morrison
Kentville,NS

Don Jerrett
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
To the Currie family:
Was so sorry to hear of John's passing, or Mr Currie to me. He taught me at SMH. I enjoyed his dry sense of humour. My heartfelt sympathy to his family.
Don Jerrett, Stellarton

Sandra and Les Bonnar
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Dear Kate, Susie and Kerry-Lynn, I am so sorry to read of Johnny's passing. He had a personality larger than life and was very proud of his family. So many memories at Brady's Beach and at Mom and Dad's house over the years. He always loved to torment me about how much I loved to talk. May God grant you the strength to get through this very difficult time, knowing he is at peace and no longer suffering bring you some comfort, RIP Johnny, you will be missed my friend.

Deb Murray
   Posted Sun December 29, 2019
Kate, Suzie, Kerry Lynn et al,
I've looked at myself as a writer for decades and was honored to be told I was a good one by Johnny. I cannot however, seem to conjure up the words...not sure they've EVER been written...to explain how awesome Johnny was.
His sense of humor spread joy like peanut butter and his patience with myself, and I'm sure many others, who refused to dissect the frog in Biology class was well appreciated.
As superintendent Johnny saved my professional life 12 years in when I wanted to leave because I was emotionally rutted Just 2 days before school opened in 1986 he allowed me to enter a combined "grades" primary and one classroom in Gannon Road School for the first time... with no experience... and trade off my physical Education career to Mary Lou Mac Pherson who had just received a classroom job and preferred P.E..he trusted and complimented us. The rest is history and one of the best parts of my life.
I wrote the retirement speech for Johnny and wish I had a copy of it now.he hooted in a few spots...so...what I WILL DO is smile every time I think of him and my empathy for you now runs one deep. Bless your hearts!

Dan White
   Posted Sun December 29, 2019
So sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a fixture in many lives for all the right reasons. Considered, insightful, and personable, John related with all kinds at multiple levels. He inspired and engendered deeper consideration of varied challenges, personal and otherwise. In this way he made us better individually and collectively. Condolences Kate to yourself and the family.

Dan White

Valerie (Mac Dougall) Patterson
   Posted Sun December 29, 2019
Dear Kate and Family,
I felt so badly about Mr.Currie's passing. I couldn't call him John even when I became a teacher and a union colleague. I respected him that much. He was one of the few teachers in high school that I never skipped a class for. That may sound weird, but that is how interesting he made biology! RIP Currie! And I hope that God doesn't send you out to Patsy's bog to get round worms. If he were alive ,he'd know what I meant and laugh! Susan Mac Donald , Kathy Hannigan and I did this on faith. We still laugh about it!
Deepest sympathies,
Valerie(Mac Dougall) Patterson

Fran and Brian Pellerine
   Posted Sun December 29, 2019
Bernie, Patricia and all your family,
Brian and I would like to extend our sincere sympathy to you all. It has been a battle for Johnnie so we can only hope he is in a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love,
Brian, Fran and Family

Suzanne ( Lamond) Strickland
   Posted Sun December 29, 2019
Dear Kate Carney and Family:

Very sorry to here of “ Mr. Currie’s” Passing. He was one of my favorite teachers and certainly “ turned us on” to Biology which led lots of us to pursue degrees in Science. He was a wonderful teacher and we also appreciated his dry humor. We had great teachers at Sydney Mines High and they certainly knew how to control the classroom. We respected them and they respected us.
Take Care!
Suzanne ( Lamond) Strickland

Rick Simm
   Posted Sun December 29, 2019
So sorry for you loss. John was helpful to me in education and in community ways. He will be missed

Jim and Maureen Doyle and family
   Posted Sun December 29, 2019
We’re so sorry to hear about the passing of our dear friend Johnny. We have so many wonderful memories of the years we all spent together. He was a great friend and one of a kind. All our love to Kate, Suzie, and Kerry Lynn.

Love Jim, Maureen and family.

Bob and Gail Muir
   Posted Sun December 29, 2019
Dear Kate and family: So sorry for your loss. Our sincerest condolences. Bob and Gail

Lauretta Balderston
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019

My sincere condolences to you and the family, Kate. I pray your memories will be a blessing and comfort in the weeks and months ahead.

Joan Currie
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you on hearing of Johns passing.God bless and be with you on the days ahead .

Theresa Power
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with the Currie family, he was an inspiration to many people.

Cape Breton Heart and Lung Wellness Clinic
   Posted Tue December 31, 2019
The staff at the Heart and Lung Wellness Clinic would like to send our sincere condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

jim corbett
   Posted Tue December 31, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences. He was one of my favourite teachers and whether or not you wanted to learn you always did in his class. Class was a good word to describe Mr. Currie as we knew him. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Time has a way of passing us by and I can't believe it's been almost 50 years since I sat in his class.

Debbie MacIntosh
   Posted Tue December 31, 2019
Bernie and I were sorry to hear of Johnnie's passing. He was an excellent teacher who made learning fun.Our sincere sympathy to Kate and the family.

Pat Wright
   Posted Sun January 05, 2020
Dear Kate, Suzie and Kerrie Lynne

I am saddened by the news of your loss. I so enjoyed meeting Suzie's Dad a few years ago, he was such a wonderful man. I loved to hear all the stories. He passed on a wonderful sense of humour, delight in people, and warm generous spirit to his family. He lives on in all of you.

Very big hugs
Pat

Lauchie McMullin
   Posted Mon January 06, 2020
To Kate and the entire Currie family.
For me, Johnnie was an excellent educator and communicator who led by example. I was very fortunate to have him as a teacher and a cadet leader at SMH. I retain many fond memories of him for the sincerity he demonstrated to all students of his genuine interest in our personal and professional development. A good man...rest in peace Johnnie.
Lauchie McMullin

ALICE CLARKE
   Posted Sat January 18, 2020
tHE WORLD HAS LOST A GREAT MAN.

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