July 26, 1939 – Aug. 2, 2016
Lucy L. Curley, who raised tens of millions of dollars for municipalities, businesses and non-profit organizations as a grants writer, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Medical Center from heart failure. She was 77.
The Buffalo resident served on the Niagara Frontier State Park Commission from 1977 to 1994, and she was lauded by the commission for “her unselfish dedication and sustained excellence in service to the public”
Mrs. Curley also served as a director of Artpark & Co., and the Ashford Hollow Foundation and was a board member of the Friends of the Buffalo Theater.
In 1977, she founded Lucy Curley & Company Inc., a grant and loan consulting firm in downtown Buffalo. She took pride as a sole proprietor, female business owner whose company gained New York State WBE certification.
In the late 1970s, Mrs. Curley worked with the well-known late sculptor Larry W. Griffis Jr., lending her development skills for the sprawling Griffis Sculpture Park in Ashford Hollow and the Essex Street Art Center on Buffalo’s West Side.
During this time, she started working with Artpark in Lewiston, and that work led to her starting grant application preparations for organizations like the Aquarium of Niagara, Buffalo Zoo and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
She was also active in the state and local Democratic committees.
Born in Buffalo, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Rosary Hill College and master’s degree from Canisius College.
She worked on her doctoral thesis at the University at Buffalo.
She enjoyted traveling and her trips took her around the world, including China and India in the last few years.
Mrs. Curley lived in North Buffalo for the last 50 years.
She was predeceased by her husband, F. Lambert Haley.
Survivors include a daughter, Lucy Lange Gappens; two brothers, D. Patrick of Orchard Park and Michael E. of Timonium, Md.; and two granddaughters.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave.
Mrs. Curley donated her remains to UB’s Anatomical Gift Program.