Obituary: J. Roger Currier, Sr., Started Grafton Operation Friendship

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J. Roger Currier
J. Roger Currier Photo Credit: Roney Funeral Home

GRAFTON, Mass. - J. Roger Currier, Sr., 80, of North Grafton died Dec. 14, 2012 after a brief illness.

He leaves his loving wife of 53 years Barbara K. Currier, his son J. Roger "Skip" Currier and his wife Carol, his four daughters; Kris Currier and partner Jon Soderberg, Carolyn Currier, Susan Sztuba and her husband John, Sarah Currier and her husband John Caccamo, along with his four grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Currier, Acadia and Brunon Sztuba; his sister-in-law, Patricia Kramer, many nieces and nephews. Roger was predeceased by his sister, Isabel Maxim, and her husband Lendel, and his brother-in-law, Jack Kramer.

Roger, son of John Currier & Anastasia (O'Donnell), was born October 1, 1932 in Waterbury, Conn. He served four years in the USAF, primarily in Erding, Germany. He graduated from UCONN with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Economics. He worked for 33 years with the Massachusetts Electric Company and National Grid, before retiring in the early 1990s.

Roger and his wife, Barbara, started the Grafton chapter of Operation Friendship in the mid 1970s. He later went on to serve as a member of The Local, National & International Boards of Operation Friendship. He was proud of the relationships that he saw grow while he was involved with this international youth exchange program. Roger has also been a member of the Evangelical Congregational Church in Grafton since moving here with his family in 1971. Roger was an avid UCONN women's basketball team fan.

Calling Hours & Memorial Service

All are invited to calling hours for Roger December 19th from 3-6 pm at THE RONEY FUNERAL HOME 152 Worcester St. N. Grafton MA 01536. In lieu of flowers memorial donations honoring Roger may be submitted to: Operation Friendship Grafton, c/o Caron Merrill, 15 Hollywood Drive, North Grafton MA, 01536. A Memorial Service in remembrance of Roger will be held at 11 am on Thursday, December 20th at the Evangelical Congregational Church 30 Grafton Common, Grafton MA.

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