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Donald Reid McCurry


Donald Reid McCurry, age 92 of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away on Friday, March 19, 2021.

Donald Reid McCurry was born July 21, 1928, in Nashville, Tennessee. He lived most of his life in the New York and Chicago areas. In 1992, he moved to Amelia Island, Florida from Lake Forest, Illinois.

Mr. McCurry graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with Distinction in Economics. He then went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Don spent most of his working career with the A. C. Nielsen Company, a multi-national market research company. When he retired, he was Executive Vice-President and a Director.

On Amelia Island, he was an avid golfer, built a strong community of friends and was a member of the Amelia Island Plantation Community Association Board of Directors, serving as its president in the final year of his term.

He traveled to many places around the world for business and pleasure, always camera in hand; with a keen eye and natural sense of place and framing, he created many stunning and artistic photographs that tell of precious memories. This talent and joy led him into active membership in the Island Art Association.

Don’s interests included books, travel, golf and music. He had a great sense of humor, a wonderful voice, a beautiful heart and took great joy in family and friends.

Don is survived by his wife, Suzanne Keith; his son, Benjamin Lowry, of Gainesville, Georgia; his daughter, Kathryn McCurry, of University Heights, Ohio; his daughter, Laura Strickler, of Atlanta, Georgia; and his granddaughter, Dane McKenzie O'Neill, also of Atlanta, Georgia. Don and Sue’s families cherished their beloved “Pop” or “Gran Don” and treasure their memories with him.

It is his wish that any contributions in his memory be made to VITAS Healthcare or another hospice care provider of your choice.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the near future pending covid and travel improvements.

We love you, Don, Pop, Gran Don. May your voice sing across the great fairways and greens in the sky.


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