Stephen “Steve” Paul Currie

Steve 7Steve Currie passed away unexpectedly February 20, 2013.  He leaves behind his wife Lorraine, daughters Jessica and Rachel, granddaughter Evie, his sisters Gail Johnson and Janine Wall and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Ray & Ann Currie.

Steve was born in San Francisco, CA in 1949.  He lived in Ravenswood, WV as a child.  In 1959 his family moved to Washington State.  He went to Bothell High School and graduated from Inglemoor High School in Kenmore.  Steve went to Seattle University and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He worked for Boeing, at Bremerton Naval Shipyard, Sup-Ship Engineering at Sand Point Naval Station and NOAA.  He was a port engineer with a specialty in ship repair.   Steve retired from NOAA in 2011 after 19 ½ years of service.

Steve & Lorraine spent many vacations boating in the San Juan Islands and British Columbia.  In 2010 he realized his lifelong dream of becoming a grandfather with the birth of his dear granddaughter Evie.  Steve was the kind of person children were drawn to because he was a child at heart himself.Steve 8

He was noted for his marvelous sense of humor (often less than appropriate for the occasion) and his ability to find fun in everyday occurrences.    Any party improved with Steve’s presence because he had an amazing capacity for fun.  He was very competitive in games and sports.  Steve enjoyed soccer, golf, skiing and hiking.

To Steve there were no strangers—only friends that he had not yet made.  Many people thought of him as their best friend.  He was an exceptionally helpful and generous person.  Steve had many talents and wore many “hats”.  He was creative with problem solving and could fix almost anything, but not always in the most conventional way.

Steve 1There will be a funeral mass at 11 AM on Thursday, Feb. 28 and a reception following at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, located at 12600 84th Ave. NE, Kirkland, WA 98034. There will also be a celebration of Steve’s life on Friday, March 1 from 7-10 PM at Lorraine Currie’s home.

Steve will always be remembered and constantly in our hearts.  He will be missed beyond measure by his family and friends.  Thank you to everyone for the kind words, prayers and condolences.  In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Steve’s name to “National Blood Clot Alliance” www.stoptheclot.org/donate.htm

7 Responses to “Stephen “Steve” Paul Currie”

  • Brian A. Smith says:

    All of the old hands on board the NOAA Ship Rainier who knew Steve was shocked and sorrowed when we learned of his sudden passing. He had just visited us the week before in Newport, OR. As many of us haven’t seen him since he retired it was a very welcomed reunion. Steve wasn’t a sailing member of the Rainier crew, but we all considered him as much a part of our team as all who did. His hardwork and dedication to our mission was indispensable. He was also a good friend willing to do whatever he could for those he cared about. He is going to be sorely missed by all of us.

  • Steven Braun says:

    I am going to miss my “other brother Steve”.

  • Steve Acheson says:

    So sorry to miss the service. I always enjoyed chatting with Steve and the family reunions. He will be missed.

  • Gail Johnson says:

    Steve, my dear younger brother, you and I just had this discussion a couple of weeks ago about how we lost our dad at age 64. We were talking about how lucky we were to have such a wonderful family. My heart is heavy and sad for you to leave us so early at 63. You will remain a huge part of my life always. I’m going to miss not getting to talk to you, have lunch with you and to hear about your new projects. I’m going to miss your hugs! We never know when we will be gone. You and I were planning to grow old way past 63 and enjoy our retirements! I will do my best to take care of myself and try to hang around a little longer. Steve please save me spot in heaven when I finally see you again. Until then I will be strong and take good care of our family that we are so proud of. Hugs and love to Steve. I already miss you more than you can imagine.

  • Maureen Compton Hannum says:

    Dearest Lorraine,

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

    Mo Hannum
    Sop. II

  • Ken Long says:

    So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. Way too early. I worked with Steve as both SUPSHIP and NOAA. I always enjoyed Steve’s company. After retiring, we moved to my wife’s home town in Ireland, so you will understand my not making the funeral.

  • Michael Larson says:

    Steve was my coffee buddy at Tully’s, I looked forward to our endless discussions on boats and engineering stuff.

    Today I found out Steve had passed away and I am so saddened by the loss of such a great person and someone I could call a friend.

    Lorraine you have my dearest sympathies. I live nearby and if there is anything I can do just give me a call.

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