NEW CASTLE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Dr. James Hughes Currier, 84, died peacefully with family members around him at home in The Villages, Florida, on Saturday, February 4, 2023, after courageously battling a long illness.

He was born November 10, 1938, in Sharon, Pennsylvania to Stanley N. Currier and Esther Hughes Currier.

Jim graduated from Sharon High School, where his father was the Principal. He attended Grove City College (PA) for two years in an accelerated program and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) after a third year with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Continuing studies at Pitt, he graduated from Pitt Dental School in 1963 with a D.D.S. degree.

From 1963-1965, Jim served as a United States Air Force Captain at the Niagara Falls (New York) Air Force Missile Site.

He then attained an M.S. degree in Orthodontics at Temple University (Philadelphia), 1965-1967 and was certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.

Over the course of more than 30 years, Jim practiced orthodontics in his hometown Sharon/Shenango Valley area and Cortland, Ohio.

Active in professional and civic associations throughout his life, Jim was a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Freemasons, American Legion and National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Sharon, and New Covenant United Methodist Church, The Villages.

A proud alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh, Jim was an avid fan of Panthers football and basketball games.

He also enjoyed golfing, skiing, painting, and martial arts.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Ann Currier; his sons, Dr. James D. “Kip” Currier and Todd Alan Currier (Tammy); grandson, Troy J. Currier; granddaughters, Tori A. Currier and Trista F. Currier; stepdaughter, Cory Ann Zolnier (Joel); stepgrandchildren, Andrew and Anthony Zolnier; stepson, James L. Becker (Anabel); stepgranddaughter, Lily Becker; former wife, Marilyn W. Currier and nephews, Gary Johnson and Dr. James Johnson.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Janice Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed to a hospice service of the donor’s choice.

Calling hours will be 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday, February 18, 2023, in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 East State Street, Sharon.

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Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home, with Reverend Kelley Schanely, officiating.

Interment will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.

A television tribute will air Sunday, February 12, at the following approximate times: 8:58 a.m. on FOX and 9:58 p.m. on MyYTV. Video will be posted here the day of airing.