John Joseph "Jake" Curran, 87 of Syracuse passed away January 21, 2019.
Born in Scarsdale, NY, after high school served in the U.S. Army. Attended the University of Florida, graduated from Syracuse University College of Law, Class of 1960. For a combined forty-seven years, he was a senior legal assistant to U.S. Magistrate Judge Dan Scanlon followed by assisting U.S. District Court Judge Howard G. Munson.
Jake spent many years in the Maine and Newport, RI waters, crewing on ocean racing sail boats, one of which was "Boomerang," winner of the 1988 Newport Bermuda Race. He was most admired for his love of promoting and officiating U.S. and International Lacrosse games for over forty years. He refereed seven U.S. National and three World Championship Tournaments. He was also acting "Referee in Chief" in three other FIL World Championship games and five NCAA Men's Championship games. He was one of the founding members of the International Federation of Lacrosse (FIL), serving as the groups first president. He received several awards including the Silver and Gold Whistle and French Julien Service awards. He was honored to be inducted into the local and International Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
His love for travel took him to every state and continent, and he also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. Jake had an insurmountable love for his many cats as well as the loved of his life, Ann Spinelli who predeceased him in 2016.
Committal service will be conducted Friday, May 10, 2019 at 1:30pm in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Auburn, NY. Contributions to CNY SPCA.