Lucy Currie

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Lucy at Doug's house, Christmas 1994 (age 76)

Edith Lucy Currie (8 January 1918 - 9 May 2003) was a housewife born in Transcona, Manitoba, who from 1954 lived at or near Port Arthur, Ontario.

She was the first child born to John Cooke and his wife after they had emigrated from Wales to Canada. Six years later, they had their final child, Rosalind.

She married Jack Currie on 3 June 1939. They had three boys: Bill, Doug, and Ron.

In the late 1970s and 1980s she lived in a cabin with her husband on Surprise Lake, in Lappe, Ontario, just a few minutes from Thunder Bay.

In about 1992 Jack and Lucy moved back into town, first to Academy Towers and later in about 1998 to St. Joseph's Heritage, an assisted-care facility, where she lived until the end of her life.


Lucy contracted Alzheimer's disease around 1998. In characteristic fashion, it progressively robbed her of her long-term memories. She died Friday, 9 May 2003, widowing her husband Jack, who went on to live another five years.


Mrs. Edith Lucy Currie (nee Cooke), a resident of Thunder Bay, passed away at St. Joseph's Care Group on Friday, May 9, 2003.

Lucy was born on January 8, 1918 in Transcona, Manitoba. She was educated there and worked as a sales clerk at Eaton's in Winnipeg.

On June 3, 1939 she married Jack Currie, not realizing she would be his wife for the next 64 years.

Lucy was a fine singer and sang in many choirs including Trinity Church and later the Lakehead Choral Group. She was actively involved with her husband in the Port Arthur Gyro Club and the Lakehead Housebuilders. Her tables at the Dessert of the Month were the envy of all for many years. Lucy's children and grandchildren continue to enjoy the many knitting and craft projects she created.

She is survived by her loving husband Jack, sister Rosalind Foot of Toronto, brother Ernie Cooke of Newfoundland, 3 sons, Bill (Eleanor) in Ottawa, Doug (Loraine) in Fort Frances and Ron (The Baby) (Mary Ann) in Thunder Bay as well as 6 Grandchildren: Ian (Jasmine), Jeffrey (Bonnie), Janet (Owen), David (Jackie), Michael and Carolyn and 3 Great-Grandchildren (Jacob, Grady, Abbey).

Cremation has taken place with a private interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens. A private family memorial service has been planned. Friends are invited to drop in to a reception at 71 S. Hill St anytime between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 24. Should friends desire donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. On-line condolences may be made at

— Ronald Currie; originally published in the Chronicle Journal, May 2003