Richard Howard Curfman

July 7, 1942 - August 17, 2022

07/07/1942 - 08/17/2022

Richard Howard Curfman passed away on August 17, 2022 at 80 years of age.  He was a veteran, husband, father, grandfather, and a retired firefighter.

Richard is preceeded in death by his father Robert Curfman, Sr. and his mother Alma Hall Curfman.

Left to forever cherish his memory is his devoted wife of 59 years Judy Curfman; daughter Dawn (Brian) Curfman Abrams-Clark; granddaughter Charlotte Abrams; bonus grandkids Brooke, Aiden and Collin Clark; brother Robert (Jane) Curfman, Jr.; sister Betty Ann Sullivan; nieces and nephews; best friend of over 50 years Mike D. Nifong, Sr.; nap buddy Bella; and the countless brothers in the fire department both active and retired.

Richard was a friend to everyone thereby never knowing a stranger. He truly enjoyed helping people and gained pride in mentoring someone. He was a firefighter for 30 years in Norfolk and retired as a Captain.  Richard was known for his many “modes”, from a good practical joke to taking care of business. As does any firefighter, he had part time jobs and became a skilled general contractor. He used his skills and connections to help countless friends and family with building projects over the years. After retirement, he used the time to deepen the many friendships he found in the fire department – many of over 50 years. Richard helped organize events for his fellow fire department retirees, including luncheons and their annual golf tournament. He always looked forward to outings and trips with his Wednesday golf buddies, playing for quarters and bragging rights. He will never be forgotten by his family, friends, or by the countless other lives of whom he touched.

Richard said his final gift to his friends and family was his wish too not have a funeral. To all who want to honor and remember him, his only request was to pass along an act of kindness in his name. That is how he would want to be remembered.

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Cheryl Lañada
5 months ago

Dawn, I am so sorry for your loss. My love and prayers go out to you and your family in this time of need. Giving you hugs from afar.

Janet Murray
5 months ago

Judy, I was so sorry to learn that Richard had passed away. He was always so nice to be around and I know he will be deeply missed. He and Grant were in the fire department together and I hear he liked doughnuts. When Grant passed away, I appreciated his kindness. Please give your family my regards.

Lonnie & Barbara Steadman
5 months ago

Richard Curfman will be greatly missed by us & many more. He touched many lives in many different ways. It was evident that he loved his wife, daughter & granddaughter very much. He never met a stranger and was always there to help or supervise any project. The Wednesday golf league was so much more than the game of golf- friends, jokesters & lunch buddies. Sharks & minnows will never be forgotten. Nor will golf trips & snacks provided by his wife. We loved him & are thankful for the time with him.

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
5 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Richard Howard Curfman, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Veteran, Richard Howard Curfman, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

5 months ago

Dawn We are sorry for your loss. You guys are in our prayers. I wish I had the words and was able to away your hurt. You have a life time memories with your dad. Hold on to memories and think about the good times.

Janice Johnson
5 months ago

Don I’m so very sorry about your dad my prayers go out to you and your mom Your dad was such an amazing father and the Johnson family is very grateful to your dad

Krista Rogers
5 months ago

Dawn, I am very sorry to hear of your dad”s passing. I am so very glad I got to meet him a few months ago, and tell him “thank you.” He was a beautiful soul that will be missed greatly. My continued prayers for you all now and in the future.

Matthew Barrera
5 months ago

I’ve known him growing up when I was born in Virginia and when my best friend introduced me to him and he felt like another part of my family. He had been around and make jokes around me and my friend and overall had given me some words here and there and made me turn into the person I am today. I offer my heart, all my memories and so much more to offer that he has shown and taught me and wish him for the best rest a man like him deserves. Rest in Heaven and thank you for being there and for being a part of my life.