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Edward R. “Chum” Curley Jr., 79, of Annapolis died Sept. 24, 2012, at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was playing bridge at the Heritage Harbour Community Center in Annapolis, and he must have had a great hand.

Born Aug. 6, 1933, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Edward Raleigh Curley Sr. and Katherine (Lowery) Curley.

He graduated from Eastern High School in Washington, D.C., and University of Maryland in College Park. He graduated from George Washington University in February 1973 with a master of arts degree in government and public administration.

On May 6, 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was a Korean War veteran, earning the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Medal, before being honorably discharged on April 25, 1957. After the Navy, he managed Fairlane Bowling Alleys between Norfolk, Va., and Charlotte, N.C. He was the first director for the Charles County Recreation and Parks Department. He spent the rest of his life working in real estate and land development, building many communities in several states, including Maryland. He was retired three days a week, most weekends and whenever he traveled.

He had the gift of gab, taking charge of any room, and he would spread his special blend of Irish wit and humor to anyone that would listen. He was an avid sports fan, enjoying many college sports. He was also a fan of the Washington Redskins and the Washington Nationals. He enjoyed world travel.

He had many gifts and talents, but his greatest gifts were his big laugh and bigger heart. He was a special dad, father, uncle, grandfather, partner, mentor and friend to many.

He is survived by his son, Edward R. “Guy” Curley III (Keli) of Mechanicsville; his grandchildren, Edward R. “Casey” Curley IV of Great Mills, Payten Runyon of Mechanicsville and Austen Runyon of Mechanicsville; one great-granchild, Caylee Curley of Mechanicsville; his stepchildren, Steven Cosh (Janet), Chris Cosh (Mary), Cyndy Turner and Valerie Cusato (Anthony); his sister-in-law, Betty Shipp of Great Mills; eight step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Anne Curley; and his second wife, Barbara L. Cosh-Curley.

The family received friends Sept. 28 at Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown. A funeral service was held Sept. 29 at Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Mary’s City. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Edward R. “Casey” Curley IV, Austen Runyon, J.J. Cosh, Chris Estep, Ray Rivera, Charlie Gardiner and Dale Vallandingham.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Parish Memorial Garden Fund, P.O. Box 207, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686; All Hallows’ Parish Food Pantry, 3604 Solomon’s Island Road, Edgewater, MD 21037; or P.J. Aldridge Foundation for Cancer Research, P.O. Box 97, Ocean City, MD 21842.