John "Clair"'s Story
John "Clair" Currie, 100, of Hermitage, passed away peacefully at 9:02 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.
Mr. Currie was born Sept. 1, 1917, on New Virginia Road in Hermitage, the son of John Gilbert and Anna Mae (Buchanan) Currie.
He was educated in Hermitage where he lived his entire life, with the exception of the time he spent in California during World War II when he worked in a shipyard welding the hulls of ships for the war effort.
John was later a welder at the former Sharon Transformer Division of the Westinghouse Electric Corp. and retired in 1979 following 37 years of service.
John was a self-taught carpenter and built numerous homes for family throughout his life. He was an avid farmer, hunter and fisherman as well as an excellent glass cutter. He certainly enjoyed entertaining and wanted to feed everyone. Up until a few weeks ago, he continued to be a vital and active man who cared for himself and loved his family.
John was a 65-year member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Lodge 810, in Hermitage, where he was instrumental in helping to build the lodge on South Neshannock Road and cooked many dinners for various functions. He was also a longtime member of the Wheatland American Legion.
He married his wife of 73 years, the former Elizabeth "Betty" M. Felicetty, on Nov. 2, 1940. She passed away May 9, 2014.
He and Betty had four children; the first born, Mary, died at birth.
Surviving are his three children; a son, Dennis C. Currie; a daughter, Rita Currie Young and her husband Paul; a daughter, Donna Marie Currie and her fiance Robert Flick, all of Hermitage; a sister, Ethel Felicetty, of Masury; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 28 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great granddaughter.
Besides his parents, his wife and his infant daughter Mary, John was preceded in death by three sisters; Helen, who died in infancy, and Gladys Laird and Opal Currie; a daughter-in-law, Colleen Currie; and two grandsons, Johnny Currie and Chad Tyran.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made either to the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.
John "Clair," 100, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 11:30 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday (11-21-17) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY, Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Funeral service: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Rev. C. Charles Eckles, pastor of IHS Ministries, Hermitage, officiating. A Masonic service will immediately follow the service.
Interment: America's Cemetery, Hermitage.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Published on November 19, 2017