|Birth: ||Mar. 16, 1954|
|Death: ||Jan. 17, 1999|
Tucson Daily Citizen, Tucson Arizone, Saturday January 23, 1999
Laughter, tears for Pizza Hut victims
Saturday, January 23rd, 1999
• The manager's kindness and humor are recalled.
NORMAN PECKHAM Citizen Staff Writer
Tears were shed for Robert Curry, but it was laughter that resonated at his funeral service yesterday as family and friends of the slain Pizza Hut manager fondly recalled his life and sense of humor.
Curry, described as jolly, kind and generous by mourners, was later laid to rest at a private graveside ceremony.
"An irony in this whole tragedy is that this random act of violence happened to a person who had so many random acts of kindness," Curry's brother, Joseph Curry, told about 300 people who attended the service at Adair Funeral Homes' Dodge Chapel.
The 44-year-old Curry, "Bob" to those who knew him, was shot to death Sunday night in a robbery at the Pizza Hut where he worked, at 7920 E. Broadway.
Also killed were Melisa "Lisa" Moniz, 20, a waitress, and James Bloxham, 17, a kitchen worker.
About 150 of those in attendance were seated in the funeral home's chapel, while the rest sat or stood in an overflow room and in a lobby area. Still more people gathered outside.
Curry's 18-year-old son, Josh, made the crowd laugh when he recalled his dad's fondness for ketchup – a subject brought up more than once during the service.
He said his father doused ketchup on foods ranging from green beans to barbecued beef, and had to buy a new bottle every week.
"We often felt a bottle of ketchup was like a drink to him," Josh Curry said.
Robert Curry's immediate supervisor, who identified himself as Dan, joked that he had seen ketchup on a pizza one day.
Brent Davis, who conducted yesterday's service, said that while "this is a time of great sorrow" it also is a time for "celebration, reflection.
"A time for the expression of love and sympathy for Bob's family; a time for honoring Bob; and, if you knew Bob, this is certainly a time to share with him in his sense of humor," said Davis, who did not know Curry, but was asked to conduct the service by Curry's sister, Kathy Weir.
In planning the service with Curry's family members, Davis, a friend of Weir's, said the family made it "abundantly clear" Curry had a "great sense of humor.
"It is clear to me that above all else, this sense of humor drove his zest for life and his relationships with his family, friends and customers," Davis said.
Josh Curry, who called the turnout "amazing," said his father taught him to be responsible and pointed him in the right direction in life.
Recalling his father's love for reading and watching TV, the son said he would often try to watch all the channels on "DIRECTV," a satellite television service, within the span of a couple minutes.
Josh Curry said his father had a favorite camping spot in the Patagonia Mountains, and that he would often accompany him on road trips to northern Arizona and around the state.
He said his father also loved collecting domestic and foreign coins.
Joseph Curry recalled his brother as a "truly kind and generous person."
He also could be frugal, Joseph Curry said, recalling that his brother believed "you never pay for parking even if it meant walking a mile."
Others who spoke at yesterday's service included customers of the Pizza Hut where Curry worked, and people who got to know Curry on the job.
One customer of Curry's said she and her husband started going to Pizza Hut on Tuesdays. They got to know Curry, who would sit at their table, talking about coins and Pennsylvania, his home state.
"He made our birthdays and anniversaries special. He had a table reserved for us," the woman told the crowd.
During his lifetime, Curry had "dozens and dozens" of dogs and loved them all, his son said.
Recently, Curry got a new dog, named Shadow.
"She'll be a constant reminder of him to us," his son said.
Curry's family requested that any remembrances be made in the form of donations to the Humane Society of Tucson, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd., Tucson, Ariz. 85716
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