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Curtiss Henry Lasserre

Curtiss Henry Lasserre

September 16, 1932 - September 24, 2017     Age: 85

Curtiss Henry Lasserre, age 85, of Fernandina Beach passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Warner Center for Caring.  He was the youngest and last living child born to the late Charles William and Freda Louise Nagel Lasserre and one of the fourth generation of Lasserres From Fernandina.

He was a graduate of Class of 1950 from Fernandina Beach High School.  After high school Mr. Lasserre attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta from where he graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management.  He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and participated in the Navy ROTC Program which enabled him to enter the U.S. Navy as an Officer.   Upon being honorably discharged he returned home to Fernandina and joined the family business that had been formed by his father in 1910; Lasserre Motor Company.   With the future of the south end of Amelia Island being contemplated, Curtiss became involved and was partly responsible for rescuing that portion of the  island from being strip mined and preserving it for the use that is enjoyed today.  He soon became a licensed Realtor and a real estate broker and began a long career in the real estate industry.

In 1978 he opened Curtiss H. Lasserre Real Estate which has helped many new and old Fernandina Beach residents fulfill their dreams of owning an island home over the past 40 years.

Mr. Lasserre was a founding member of the Amelia Island – Nassau County Association of Realtors where he served as the first sitting President.

He and his family have been lifelong members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Fernandina Beach.

Curtiss enjoyed gardening, fishing and spending time with his dog, Bingo.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Courson Lasserre; his brothers, Elmer Eugene Lasserre and his wife Joan Stier and  Charles William Lasserre II; his sister, Freda Louise Lasserre; a son, Curtiss Henry Lasserre, Jr.; and a niece, Carmen Nylund.

He leaves behind two sons, Charles William Lasserre, III, Fernandina Beach, FL , Jon Courson Lasserre and his wife, Jennifer, Fernandina Beach, FL; former daughter-in-law, Julie Anna Lasserre –  Adams of Hilliard, FL; grandchildren; Kasie Anna Lasserre of Dallas, TX, Curtiss Jared Lasserre of Jacksonville, FL, Addison Dawn Lasserre of Fernandina Beach, FL,  Andrew Courson Lasserre of Fernandina Beach, FL, and Charles William Lasserre, IV of Fernandina Beach, FL; and nieces, Julie Lasserre of Los Osos, California, Judith Lasserre – Handel of Huntsville, Alabama and Katrina Lee Nylund – Portwood of Durham, North Carolina; and Sister-in-law, Rowena Courson Nylund  of Columbia, South Carolina.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, September 29, 2017 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with the Reverend Stephen Mazingo, officiating.

Mr. Lasserre will be laid to rest beside his wife in Bosque Bello Cemetery.

His family will receive friends on Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Oxley Heard.

18 Condolences

  • Jim Mayo Posted September 25, 2017 3:41 pm

    John, your father was a fine man and we are better for having known him. Our prayers are with you and all your family.l

  • Tim and Pat Middleton Posted September 25, 2017 4:50 pm

    Curtis was our favorite realtor. A kind decent caring man with a smile that lit his entire face. We were better off for having known him. Our sympathies to the family.

  • Kristine Duncan-Wortham Posted September 25, 2017 6:06 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr Lasserre. He was a huge part of our lives growing up and I am honored to have known him. Jon and Charles, my prayers are with you and your entire family.

  • Veva and Donnie Shuman Posted September 25, 2017 8:15 pm

    Our prayers are with your family.

  • Ginny White Posted September 25, 2017 8:34 pm

    Jon and Charles, our family (Morgan and I in New Mexico and Blake in Seattle) sends our love to you. Bob and I always enjoyed Curtiss – he was a friend to us from the day we moved to Fernandina in 1982. With love from Ginny White

  • Chris Bryan Posted September 25, 2017 9:04 pm

    Our families are so,sorry about the loss of Curtiss. He will be missed riding up and down .centre .street . Prayers for your family.

  • Kim Lyons Willis and family Posted September 25, 2017 9:59 pm

    Jon and Charles, so sorry to hear of your loss… I loved seeing your Dad at Lulu’s when I worked there…he was always smiling and looking for my famous rum cake…love and hugs to you and your families…

  • James and Angie Loper Posted September 26, 2017 10:39 am

    Jon and Charles so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed your Dad very much and the love he had for Native Plants. I’m really glad he talked us into moving our business from Yulee to where we are now.. He will be truly missed. Peace to you both and your family.

  • Robert Odom Posted September 26, 2017 11:09 am

    Curtis was a good friend. We had several real estate transactions. He was always honest and forthright. His wife, Juanita, was always smiling when we were still in high school. I know they are rejoicing now that they are together again. We will miss him.

  • David Truluck Posted September 26, 2017 11:52 am

    I started my real estate career sharing an office and learning the business with Curt Lassere. As we went our separate ways professionally, we maintained an excellent working relationship. He was always helpful and encouraging. A goid man and I will miss him.

  • Zaine Remus Posted September 26, 2017 11:54 am

    Jon and Charles, I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was my first introduction to the charm and character of the long time Fernandinan’s. I can’t imagine a better ambassador for the Island. Peace.

  • Dan Bulna & Tisha Dadd Posted September 27, 2017 5:58 pm

    We are truly sorry for your loss. Curtis was the first realtor we engaged conversation with prior to relocating Dan’s business to the island. He truly will always be an icon within the Amelia Island real estate community. Peace and strength to the entire family.

  • Matt Purvis Posted September 28, 2017 11:38 am

    Jon, Charles, Julie and family I’m so sorry for your loss. So many great memories of your dad growing up and through the years. Our prayers are with you.

  • Anson and Susan DeWolf Posted September 28, 2017 12:42 pm

    To meet Curtis was to make a new friend. Condolences to all as we share in the loss.

  • Judy and Steve Ochs Posted September 28, 2017 4:19 pm

    Charles and Jon: We loved your Dad and will miss him a lot. He was a friend and advisor to us as newcomers to Amelia Island. He was so wise–if we followed his advice, things went well. If we didn’t, they didn’t. Curtiss knew so much about the island and its history, and we loved hearing his stories.
    Our condolences and sincere sympathy, Judy and Steve Ochs

  • George Sheffield Posted September 28, 2017 9:01 pm

    A great guy. One of the most respected real estate professionals on the island. Truly a life to be celebrated

  • Laura Mottayaw Beasley Posted September 29, 2017 12:08 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Curtis… I recently saw him out at Osprey Village and had a nice chat with him. As always, he was jovial and up beat! My father said that Curtis was the first person he met when he moved to Fernandina back in the 50s! What a great man… Sad to see the last of that generation gone. Love the Lasserre family!

  • Debbie Thomas Posted September 30, 2017 9:26 am

    I.am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I remember him as always smiling, ready to offer us to come pick oranges, Bingo by his side. I was proud to call him friend and neighbor.

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