Dad looking suave in his new white jacket.  He loved this photo!
Harold James Curtin
  • 58 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 4, 1956
  • Date of passing: Jan 10, 2014
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This memorial website was created in memory of Harold Curtin - husband, father, friend, and mentor.  May he live forever in our hearts.

The family has created this page to share memories of Harold.  If you can, please share your stories or memories below.  Alternatively,  you may contact the family by email through Justin Curtin at justincurtin@gmail.com (Harold's eldest son) or Jonathan Curtin at jcurtin86@gmail.com (Harold's youngest son).

As Harold has touched so many lives, it was short of impossible for the family to get in touch with everyone ahead of the memorial service.  With that in mind, we ask that you please share this information with anyone who was close with Harold so that we can all share in the celebration of his life together.

A Celebration of Life Mass was held on
January 25th, 2014 at 2pm at
Saint Bonaventure Catholic Parish Church
16400 Springdale Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92649 (map)

A brief reception following mass was held at
Saint Bonaventure Parish Hall
located adjacent to the Church

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jan Berger on 4th January 2016

"Happy Birthday buddy! How could I forget about such a special person like you Harold!"

This tribute was added by Pete Oriarte on 4th January 2016

"Happy birthday  Harold ! Lv u always my brudaha! ! Always"

This tribute was added by marian hopwood on 12th January 2015

"time has passed so fast and I hope all of you are moving forward with all the wonderful memories!  will keep you in my prayers.  may the new year bring you more strength and peace!  love to all!

                                                     "mer-mer""

This tribute was added by ernie montelongo on 25th January 2014

"I only knew Harold for a short time , shortly before his employment with the water dept. but I wish I knew a thousand people like him.  Peaceful, happy , open ,smart,friendly,honest. We have been taught again, to listen learn and love your friends and family every day ,to the fullest. Because you may never see them again.  God Bless you Harold, I know your in Heaven."

This tribute was added by Bryan Helm on 25th January 2014

"I first met Harold in an academic setting at the beginning of 2012 while continuing education for a career change.  From the onset it was obvious Harold was a leader in the top percentile.  Harold was instrumental in providing an open door and pathway to badly needed work experience and exam preparation to myself and many, many other classmates.  Soon, Harold, another classmate, and myself teamed up and strategized together to gain full-time employment in our new careers.  Through this group effort, Harold and I got hired-on together in our first “real job” with a water agency.  I am so fortunate to have had Harold as a teammate in the classroom and as a fellow co-worker.  Harold’s insight, expertise, talent, and personality is very much missed."

This tribute was added by chris walker on 25th January 2014

"This was a big shock to me.
I was planning on going to the memorial service today but my daughter is sick.
If it was not for his dedication to the water program, I would not have been able to get the experience I needed to compete for a career in the water industry.  I have always thought about him  I owe him.....Thank you Harold……."

This tribute was added by Daniel Phillips on 25th January 2014

"I can honestly say that few people in this world have had the inspiring impact upon my own development as a person than did Harold Curtin. His non-judgmental and accepting attitude toward me, and others set the example for how I, myself, treat the people that now cross my path. Not everyone is always particularly receptive of my specific brand of eccentricities. Yet Harold had a unique way of always making me feel accepted, welcomed, and even significant. He was my friend; and mine are in short supply. Yet more impressive still was the manner in which he was a friend to my father. Not that it’s a great feat in itself, but the nearly supernatural part was how Harold was always there for my father when he was needed the most. In times of despair or turmoil it was as if God Himself had called upon Harold to be a light within the surrounding darkness plaguing our household. He may never know exactly how much he was appreciated, and I wish upon all wishes that I could have thanked him for it. I will forever, sorrowfully, regret never getting to see Harold one last time, as time itself was closing in on him. I should have, and I should have thanked him. For though Harold is survived by his own, flesh and blood family, I can’t help but feel as if some part of his legacy lives on through me, having bestowed upon me an example and outlook which not only transcends his own lifetime, but rather the imprint he left will continue radiating through time and its generations; continually bettering persons gripped by the reaction of that spirit which he left behind and set in motion. I am a better person for having known Harold Curtin, and I could consider my own life to be a heroic one if I can have even half of the positive impact on any one person that he has had in my life; whether directly or not. To this day, though it has been some time since they moved a block away, to this day every time that I step out into the alley and look down it, I still half expect to see Harold there, waving at me. He always did, because Harold Curtin was my friend… Rest well, you’ve earned that much."

This tribute was added by Robert Phillips on 25th January 2014

"Harold loved each and every one of my family members as if they were his own. He consistently blessed my family with a warm, unconditional love. As a friend he was my own, and only, go-to-guy. His listening abilities were phenomenal and unspeakably appreciated. He was always there for me, regardless of the hour or circumstance.

My favorite, recent memory of Harold was when he met my baby granddaughter, Aubrey, for the first time, just a few weeks ago. Harold, on his own, firmly gripped Aubrey and held her high above his hospital bed to the delight of all present! We have all been so privileged with the honor of simply having known Harold, and are better off for the time he spent in our lives. The impact that this one man has had upon me and my family will endure for the remainder of my own lifetime, and for that I could not be more grateful. I am personally blessed simply knowing, in my heart, that Harold is celebrating eternal life with God in that beautiful paradise we call Heaven."

This tribute was added by Rose Antoni on 24th January 2014

"Dear Kate, Justin and Family,
We are so sorry about the passing of your dad, Harold.  There are never words enough to take away the pain and the void that he has left within all of you.    Just to know that he is in the arms of his savior, where there is no more pain, only joy.  Your faith must be strong and remember all the wonderful and funny times that you have spent together.
Years pass and feelings do heal, but missing him may never go away.  Still today I wish that Grandpa Cizek and Grandpa Antoni could have seen their beautiful grandchildren, but I do believe they are looking down and seeing them learn and grow.
Although we did not know Harold, it sounds like he was a wonderful man.

Love to you all,
Uncle Mark, Aunt Rose, Paul, Adrienne, Geneva, Zera, Rachel, Stephanie and Joel, Jameson, Amy, Colten and Emery"

This tribute was added by celine marquis on 22nd January 2014

"I worked with Harold many many years ago in LAX for Eastern Airlines.  He was my co-worker but a wonderful friend when I went through a difficult time in my life.  Though our paths have not crossed for so very long, his time with us was much too short.  Deepest Sympathies to all his loved ones."

This tribute was added by Jay Kleinheinz on 22nd January 2014

"Harold was always a familiar, friendly face to see at school.  I admired him for using his time to help with the water utility program at RSCC.  Always had a smile and willingness to help with anyone that approached him.  I didn't know Harold on a personal level, other than chance meetings, but always left me with the impression of (him) being a quality individual.  Hate to see the good ones go, more so the ones I've had the pleasure to meet.  Rest assured Harold is in a good place."

This tribute was added by Janet Phillips-O'Beck on 22nd January 2014

"My love & condolences to Candy, Justin, Jonathon.  Harold was such a wonderfrul friend & support to my family for so many years.  I wish I could be at the service today.  Praying for you all."

This tribute was added by Steve Rand on 22nd January 2014

"My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family. Having known Harold for many years, I can say that he was a devoted Father,  Husband, and Friend. He was very proud of his boys and his family came first! Please know that he will always be remembered..."

This tribute was added by steve cano on 22nd January 2014

"I have only known Harold a short time, but in that short time, I found that Harold was a very caring human and was always there to help anyone in need. My condolences go to his family for such a heavy loss and he will be missed."

This tribute was added by Cove Pad Guy on 17th January 2014

"Harold and I were classmates for 2 years. Taking tests and trying to get a better grade than the other on the tests.  He had a photgraphic memory that amazed me in that he would quote paragraphs or math problems from school books, so that was "legal cheating"! He always had a way to communicate with every personality and tutor them to success! A true endless giver. Thats how I will always remember him along with Candy.  Love and prayers to you guys always. Casey and Cindy Patelski"

This tribute was added by Robert Tucker on 17th January 2014

"I am very grateful to have met Harold through his tutoring, he became a tutor and a friend.
Harold had a gift in teaching, making it much easier to learn.

I will miss you Harold.
Robert Tucker."

This tribute was added by James Gates on 17th January 2014

"I was stunned and shocked when Justin emailed me yesterday. Only this morning can I compose myself to write a tribute. I first thought, "Not Harold!" I was very emotional and shaken. He was above all very kind, smart, and positive. He agreed with me that there had to be a way to convince people to hire students as interns. He broke the "ice" and gave the face of those who really needed the "leg-up" in getting jobs. I will forever miss my dear friend and equally saddened by his passing."

This tribute was added by Cathy and Pete Salindong on 16th January 2014

"Dear Candy and family, Our deepest sympathy for you and the fam.  Even though we didn't know Harold very well, our thoughts and prayers are with him and all of you."

This tribute was added by Brian Shriwise on 16th January 2014

"Candy, Justin, Kate, and Jonathan;  My heart goes out to you, and my prayers are with you during this difficult time.  All the times (which have been too few) that I spent with Harold were fun and meaningful.  If there is anything I can do do not hesitate to ask.
Be Safe, Brian (aka Big Dog)"

This tribute was added by marian hopwood on 15th January 2014

"Dearest Candy, Justin & Kate, and Jonathan...we are truly saddened by Harold's passing.  Please know he and all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.  What a wonderful life you shared with him.  Reflect on all the special memories of him to help you through this most difficult time now and forever.  Our deepest condolences to all of you.  Love Mer-Mer and all of the Hopwood relatives."

This tribute was added by Jan Berger on 15th January 2014

"My deepest sympathy to the Curtin's family. Harold was my very good friend.  I got to know him at the Santiago Canyon College because he was a student and he was also helping out with the internship program (water utilities). Harold was a great mentor and motivator who brings the best in people. He was a very generous person, natural giver who put other people first before him.  Harold focused on how to create more internship positions for the students. He himself wanted a job in the water field and was very passionate about it. I  remember talking with him about the water stuff and also how he helped me to get ready for the interviews. His encouragement and support gave me more confidence.  Thanks to Harold and his hard work,  I got the internship with the Costa Mesa Sanitary District and then with the City of Garden Grove. Harold has touched many lives and he certainly touched mine. He will be in my heart!"

This tribute was added by Cortez Jesse on 13th January 2014

"Harold  was not only one of my best friends, he was a MENTOR and a FATHER FIGURE  in my life, and I looked up to him. It was an honor to have had the chance to be apart of his life. He opened up my eyes to many things and helped me realize my full potential.  Harold and Candy opened their hearts as well as their lives, and I will be forever thankful.
Words can not express the feelings I have for this great man; DJ, you will always be alive in my thoughts and in my heart.  My deepest condolences to the Curtin family."

This tribute was added by Colt Rhoads on 13th January 2014

"In 1997 I was out of work, but my wife and I still found a way to send two of our sons to the Boy Scout National Jamboree.  Harold found a way to get me to fly with their family to visit the boys.  I'll never forget his kindness and thoughtfulness.  Good friend, you'll be missed by more than you could ever know."

This tribute was added by Vince Oriarte on 12th January 2014

"Our sincere condolences to you (Candy, Justin & Kate, and Jonathan). I know that with the love and support from family and friends you will get through this difficult time. Harold was a great father and wonderful husband and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!

-Vince, Venissa, Stephanie, & Jr"

This tribute was added by peg edey on 12th January 2014

"Harold you will be missed. Thank you for your smile and laughter and all you did for so many young people and us not so young people. To your family we send our love and prayers. We know how special they are to you. love Edey Family, Duane, Peg, Joshua and Joy"

This tribute was added by Sylvia Engler on 12th January 2014

"Harold was a wonderful friend and we had fun together camping, boating, backpacking, scouting and school events.  Our hearts go out to his family and we will attend the Memorial service.  Tim, Sylvia, & Chris Engler."

This tribute was added by Bill & Michelle Argonza on 12th January 2014

"On behalf of the entire Argonza family in San Diego...our deepest heartfelt condolences to my cousin Candy, her boys, and the entire Curtin family for the loss of Harold. May the Lord comfort you during this very difficult time. Love, Bill & Michelle Argonza"

This tribute was added by Pete Oriarte on 12th January 2014

"Harold u will be missed, but will be forever in our hearts and prayers all my love Pete!!"

This tribute was added by Tammy Rhoads on 12th January 2014

"Everything that Harold did was BIG! If you knew him you would understand what I mean. Pirate ships that covered the stage at Village View. Pinewood derby where everyone had their moments. One of my favorites sat in my side yard for years! Every child at Village View remembered the Space Shuttle. Harold was instrumental in my scouting career encouraging me to step up to leadership. Harold was a scout leader to Corey and Chris. A dad for Brittany when I couldn't be. Harold and Candy were my rock when Pat died. we spent hours planning the memorial and just remembering life. I remember when he teased me about being late to Pat's funeral and picking the 3 longest songs in the world to play. Harold was so proud of his family and their accomplishments. So life is for living my friends. Harold would not have wanted us to grieve, he would want us to smile, to laugh and most of all to remember what a great man and influence he was. You have earned your spot in heaven my friend. You are gone but never will be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Tiffany Lin on 11th January 2014

"Harold stepped in as our diving coach at Marina High when no coach was available. His humble service and support for the team will be remembered."

This tribute was added by Brittany McGuire on 11th January 2014

"Harold was a long time family friend and a loving neighbor.  I remember spending so much of my youth at the Curtin household. He was a funny man always laughing and making everyone laugh around him. My family and I all wish the best to the family and our love goes out to you in this time of sadness. Corey wishes you all the best! I love you Harold and will miss you so much!"

This tribute was added by John Lombardo on 11th January 2014

"Harold was my entry into Scouts. He was my oldest son's Cub Scout leader, and as such he was a mentor to me as a scout leader. Today I serve as a leader in a scout troop and can still remember back to Harold's calm example of how to be a good leader of young men. Thank you Harold, you have touched many through your life and will be missed."


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