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Obituary: Cliff Currie, Columbus

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Cliff Currie, 90, of Taylor Road, Columbus, IN, passed away Friday, January 11, 2013, at Four Seasons Retirement Center. Cliff was born July 21, 1922, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to the late Samuel and Margaret (Wray) Currie.

Cliff served in the British Royal Navy during World War II and graduated from Belfast Technical College with a degree in engineering. He did his apprenticeship at Harland and Wolfe Shipbuilders who were the builders of the Titanic. Cliff’s grandfather had worked for the same company building the Titanic. Cliff, Maureen and two of their daughters immigrated to Canada. Three years later, they moved to Connersville and eventually relocated to Columbus in 1963. He retired from the international division of Cummins Engine Company in 1986 after 23 years of service. He was a member and past elder of the Fairlawn Presbyterian Church and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

Cliff is survived by his wife of 67 years, Maureen (Clark) Currie, whom he married September 1, 1945, in Belfast. Also surviving are three daughters and their spouses, Linda (Stan) Murray of Noblesville, June (Denny) Poulsen of North Ridge, CA, and Robin (Greg) George of Hope; a brother, Ivan Currie of South Africa; five grandchildren, Shelby George, Sean (Rena) Murray, Christopher Murray, Ryan (Hayley) Murray, and Heather George; and eight great-grandchildren.

Cliff was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Lester Currie.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m.Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Fairlawn Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Anne Marshall officiating. He will be laid to rest in Flat Rock Baptist Cemetery at a later date. Following the service, the family will host a reception in the church fellowship hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the  Alzheimer's Association or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

You are invited to light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the Internet.

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