Sunday, August 16, 2009

DePaul Loses Basketball Letterwinner Ed Curtin

Ed Curtin - DePaul Men's Basketball Alum - 1953-56
DePaul men’s basketball alum Ed Curtin passed away on Wednesday, August 12. Curtin played for DePaul Legend Ray Meyer, lettering for the Blue Demons from 1953-56. As a senior he captained DePaul to a 16-8 mark scoring 6.9 points per game while playing alongside Blue Demon standouts Bill Robinzine, Sr., Dick Heise and Ron Sobieszcyk.

That 1955-56 team advanced to the NCAA, dropping a 72-63 match-up against Wayne State. The Blue Demon squad faced a formidable slate that included two wins over Notre Dame, a season split with Kentucky, a win over NCAA-bound Manhattan, and a loss to No. 1 ranked San Francisco who were led by basketball legend Bill Russell.

Visitation for Edward T. Curtin, 74, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine. Prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at the funeral home, proceeding to St. Theresa Church, for a Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will be private. Born Dec. 29, 1934, in Chicago, he died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009.

Ed was a 1952 Fenwick graduate and a graduate of DePaul University, where he was co-captain of the basketball team in 1956. He was the Mid-Suburban League Basketball Assignment Chairman since 1992 and a substitute teacher for Districts 211 and 214. Edward was a second lieutenant for the Army. He enjoyed golf and was an avid Cubs fan.

He was very proud of his family. He was the beloved husband of Diane (nee Tesinsky); loving father of Jeffrey, Craig (Connie), Gary (Jennifer) and Sean (Denise); cherished grandfather of Danny, Amy, Ryan, Brian, Kevin, Steven, Jimmy, Liam, Lucy, Heather, Michelle and Melissa; dear brother of Kathy (Jay) Kotnour; brother-in-law of Jerry (Helen) Tesinsky and Darlene (Charles) Casey; and fond uncle of six nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Heart Association 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60604, would be appreciated. For information, 847-359-8020 or