Joseph Curi

March 7, 1930 - February 2, 2016

Long time Downey resident Joseph Curi passed away February 2, 2016 at the age of 85 after a sudden accident. Joseph was born in New Rochelle New York to Parents Antoinette and Anthony Caccuri March 7, 1930. He was a veteran of the Korean War. After he was discharged from the army he used his G.I. Bill to attend the University of Southern California where he was the coach for the freshman and JV Baseball team. Joseph graduated in 1960 with a degree in education. He moved to Downey in 1963 with his wife Priscilla and started a 28 year teaching career at Artesia high school in Artesia California. There he taught physical education, driver training, special education and was the golf coach. During that time Joseph was a referee for CIF Southern Section for football, baseball and basketball. After retiring from teaching in 1990 Joseph then worked for the Department of Corrections at the California Youth Authority in Norwalk California for another 20 years as a physical education teacher where he finally retired at the age of 80. Joseph was a volunteer at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey for over 30 years. He is survived by his three children Joe Curi, Monica Curi and Annette Curi-Morton and his four grandchildren Erika Thiedes, Makayla Morton, Phillip Morton and Ella Morton. A Rosary will he said Thursday February 11, 2016 at Miller Mies Mortuary in Downey at 7:00 pm. Viewing is from 4 pm to 8 pm. Funeral Services will be Friday February 12, 2016 at St. Raymond’s Catholic Church in Downey at 10:30 am with a reception to follow at the Fr. Gibson Hall.