John Higgins Curwood
January 25, 1941 - April 25, 2023

USAF Veteran, proud Scottish American passed peacefully.  John Higgins Curwood, fondly known as Scott in recognition of his Scottish heritage, a United States Airforce Veteran and proud Scottish American, passed peacefully in his sleep in Largo, Florida, April 25, 2023.

Curwood served as an Air Policeman in the 4135th Combat Defense Squadron, Strategic Wing, Strategic Air Command (SAC) in the United States Air Force Eglin, Airforce Base, Florida from 1959 to 1963 with his fellow Veteran’s and dear friends Bill Holburn, William Haughney and Terrence Dale. He also served in the US Airforce – ANGUS assigned to the Air National Guard Station in Roslyn, NY. He honorably served his country for thirteen years.

He was a hardworking man who devoted thirty-eight years to the NY Telephone Company/Verizon on Long Island. He also held several additional jobs throughout his working years. He received an associate degree from Suffolk Community College while raising his four children with his first, former wife of twenty-eight years, Joan Curwood. Joan held Scott in her heart, after their arduous divorce, she expressed empathy for him during the last three years of his complicated life.

He dedicated his life to providing for his family and cared deeply for his pets, especially Sammy, his last dog. He battled Alzheimer’s disease in his last few years of life.

Although he moved to Pennsylvania after his retirement in 2004, he always believed in his heart that Long Island was his home. He spent the last three years living with his daughter Joy and son-in-law in, Steven, and in his final years, homes for the elderly in Florida. He continued to talk about his wish to return to LI. As he wished, we are bringing him home to rest and be with the Lord on Long Island.

John is predeceased by his son James M. Curwood, his parents Catherine Higgins Curwood and James Curwood, and his younger brother Joseph Curwood.

He is survived by his son John J. Curwood, his daughter Joy F. Curwood and her family: Jennifer Brennan his granddaughter and her daughter Aurora his great granddaughter, and James Brennan his grandson and his wife Kirstin Brennan and their children Leighton and Blake his great granddaughters. Also, his daughter June C. Heffernan and her husband Michael Heffernan and their children: Michael Heffernan and Dana Heffernan his grandchildren. His sister Catherine Lowie and her family and brother James Curwood and his sister-in-law Dubravka Curwood and their family, his sister-in-law Susan Curwood and her family including from all his siblings nine nieces and nephews, also great and great-great nieces, and nephews.

Service for John H. Curwood are Friday, May 12, 2023

.  9:45 a.m. Funeral Mass Good Shepherd Catholic Church 1370 Grundy Ave. Holbrook, NY 11741
.  11:30 a.m. Military Honors Calverton National Cemetery 210 Princeton Boulevard Calverton, NY 11933

In lieu of flowers, consider donating to Long Island Cares in his name


  • Patrick Creegan Posted April 28, 2023 4:58 pm

    Rest well Scotty, the battle’s o’er. Fair skies and calm seas fellow veteran, friend and classmate.

  • Aileen Curwood Posted May 3, 2023 6:19 pm

    With deepest sympathies to the NY Curwood Family. May John rest in peace. All our love. The Canadian Curwoods.

  • Lori Ciborowski Posted May 4, 2023 9:11 am

    Always enjoyed talking to Mr. Curwood he was such a nice man. So many happy memories of Glide Lane. The last time I saw John was at the Glide Lane reunion and he was so happy to be back on Long Island visiting and seeing everyone he was such a pleasure to talk to and he was so happy to see my parents.
    The Pettit family is so sorry for your loss and you are all in our prayers at this difficult time. Thank you for your service.
    Best, Lori Pettit Ciborowski.

  • terrence dale Posted May 13, 2023 11:46 am

    I am so sorry about my dear friend John, we were barracks room mates in the military. I will miss
    him very much. My sincere condolences to the entire Curwood family, may he rest in peace.

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