|Wayne Curtis was born July
29, 1929 in Sutton, Vermont, son of Avery Robert
Curtis of Sutton, and Violet "Irene" Clark
of Sherbrooke, Quebec. In 1936, during the depression, Wayne went
to Montreal to live with his uncle Horace H.
Clark, who owned Clark's Pharmacy in
the Drummond Medical Building (which was owned
at the time by the Birks family). He
attended Guy Drummond School Public School and
Strathmore Academy before going onto Bishop's
University in Lennoxville in 1946.
Upon graduating in 1948 he was hired by Atlas Insurance Co. in Montreal. In 1950 during a regular trip to the U.S., to visit family, Wayne was stopped at the border by an American Immigration Agent enquiring as to whether he had applied for the draft, which was expected of all Americans when they reached the age of 18. Replying that he hadn't applied because he'd been living in Montreal since he was 7 years old, Wayne was told that if he didn't apply he wouldn't be allowed to return home to Canada. He applied for the draft and in his own words "was put on the mailing list". Six months later he was called to enlist.
From 1951 to 1953 Wayne was in Korea serving as Private First Class and later as Coporal with SCARWAF (Special Catagory Army Reassigned With Air Force), a division of the Corps of Engineers in the U.S. Army. Upon release of his 2 year tour of duty he joined an organization know as "Pine Tree", a joint Canadian/American defense project which took him to Newfoundland, Labrador, and eventually back to Montreal where, in 1954 he returned to the insurance business. In 1969 he married Ivy Mallalieu of Newfoundland and Sutton, Quebec.
Like many English-speaking
Montrealers who left Montreal in the latter part of this century, the Curtis
family moved to Toronto in 1979. Today Wayne Curtis is retired from the
insurance business, but is active in many activities including being one
of the archivists for the Toronto
Post Card Club. You'll see postcards from Wayne's personal collection
in various pages on this site including the "Canadian
Pacific Railway employee sketches".
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