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CURLEY, Lucy

CURLEY, Lucy

CURLEY - Lucy Of Buffalo, passed away peacefully on the morning of August 2, 2016. Born in Buffalo, NY, she received her B.A. degree from Rosary Hill College, her M.A. degree from Canisius College and worked on her doctoral thesis at the State University of New York at Buffalo. A vibrant woman with a joy for life, Lucy lived her life to its fullest. Her love for travel has taken her around the world with marquee trips to China and India in the last few years. Her thirst for exploring extended to her voracious reading habit. In the late 70's, Lucy worked with Larry
Griffis, Jr. who created both the Griffis Sculpture Park and the Essex Art Center; she lent her development skills to helping build out the facility on Essex and Rhode Island in Buffalo. During this time, she started working with Art Park in Lewiston, NY; this work led to her starting grant application preparation for organizations like the Aquarium of Niagara, Buffalo Zoo and the Albright Knox Art Gallery. Lucy was a member of the Niagara Frontier State Park Commission from 1977 until 1994, because of her exemplary work for the commission, she was cited for "her unselfish dedication and sustained excellence in service to the public." Throughout her life she was active in the state and area municipalities Democratic parties. In 1977, she founded Lucy Curley & Company, Inc., a revenue consulting firm operating in downtown Buffalo. She had great pride as a sole-proprietor, woman-owned business with New York State WBE Certification. As president of this firm, she successfully secured over $100,000,000 in public and private funds for municipalities, businesses, and non-profit organization throughout the region and across the country. The Curley family has been a continuous presence at the Buffalo Canoe Club in Ridgeway ON since Lucy's father joined in 1946. The young Curley
family of Lucy A, Edward and their three children, Lucy, Pat and Michael spent summers sailing, swimming and playing tennis at the club. Later Lucy and her family would follow in that wonderful tradition which has now been passed down to the third generation of Curley's frolicking in Lake Erie, when Lucy would host her son Paul and daughter Lucy's family at the Lansing Lodge. If the sun was out it was a good bet that Lucy could be found lounging on the beach or shallow waters of the BCC. Mrs. Curley lived on Starin Avenue in North Buffalo for the last fifty years. Lucy was predeceased by her husband F. Lambert Haley and son Paul A Teresi. She is survived her daughter Lucy Lange Gappens and son-in-law Jerry K. Gappens of Bedford, NH, daughter-in-law Candice Flaherty of Vancouver BC, two granddaughters; Eleanor C. Lange and Lillianna C Teresi, two brothers, D. Patrick of Orchard Park and Michael E. of Timonium, Md.; and three nieces and a nephew. A memorial service will be held for Lucy Curley, on Friday, August 5th, at 4 PM, at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Avenue. Lucy Curley has donated her remains to the State University of New York at Buffalo, Anatomical Gift Program. The family respectively declines any floral remembrances and asks that any contributions be made to The Albright Knox Art Gallery (www.albrightknox.org/join-support/annual-giving/)

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