Friday, August 12, 2016


In the wake of former Columbia High School football coach and athletic director Dave Curtin's death, CHS Principal Elizabeth Aaron sent this note to parents with information on his memorial services:

Dear CHS Community: 
It is with great sadness that we share arrangements about services for our dear friend and colleague Dave Curtin, who passed away yesterday. 
Visitation is scheduled for this Sunday, August 14, from 3 to 7 pm at Higgins and Bonner Funeral Home, 582 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, NJ. 
A Celebration of Life will take place on Monday, August 15 at 10 am at the Kenilworth Gospel Chapel, 557 Newark Avenue, Kenilworth, NJ. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to,, and, all of which are organizations that support programs and work close to his heart. 
Mr. Curtin was a warm and kind man and thoughtful educator, whose teaching, coaching, and leadership in SOMSD and other schools had a deep and lasting impacting on students, their families, and his colleagues. 
We miss him. 
Elizabeth M. Aaron, MAT, M. Ed. 
Columbia High School

The South Orange Maplewood Education Association, meanwhile, offered this statement:

It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Dave Curtin. He was a P.E. teacher and the former Athletic Director at Columbia High School. Dave recently turned 58 years old last week. Dave was a devoted husband, father of three and a grandfather of two. He also taught at the following schools: Wardlaw Hartridge, Malboro, Roselle Catholic and Brearly High School. He coached football at every school that he taught at except Roselle Catholic. Most recently he was the freshman football coach at Livingston High School and the track and field coach at New Providence High School. He also enjoyed watching the NY Mets and NY Jets play because they were his favorite teams. Dave Curtin will be truly missed.
If anyone would like to make a monetary donation to the SOMEA Scholarship Fund in honor of Dave Curtin you can send it to Amy Singer at Columbia High School.

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