The Rev. Canon Curtis S. Denney, Class of 1963, died November 1, 2015, at the United Helpers Riverledge Nursing Home, Ogdensburg, New York, at age 83. He was surrounded by his children. Denney graduated from Watertown High School; then served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict, before attending SUNY Albany where he graduated magna cum laude from the bachelors' program, before attending The General Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the Episcopal Diaconate in December 1963, by the Rt. Rev. Allen W. Brown and as a priest of the Diocese of Albany a year later.
He served as Curate at Christ Church, Cooperstown, New York, and then as Rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Mechanicville, New York, and at Grace Church, Canton, New York for 20 years. After retiring from the diocese, Denney served as Protestant Chaplin at St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, Ogdensburg, New York, while supplying at Christ Church, Morristown, New York, St. John's Church, Ogdensburg, New York, and as Priest-in-Charge at Zion Church in Colton, New York, and other parishes in Northern New York. Denney also served as the dean of the St. Lawrence Deanery and was active in Cursio, as well as other healing and ecumenical ministries.
Denney was born in Utica, New York, on May 16, 1932, while his father was rector in Morris, New York. He is pre-deceased by his parents, the Rev. Lucien C. Denney, and Helen Stetson Denney, and two sisters, Marguerite (Dunn) of Oneonta, New York, and Mary (Hemens) of Manlius, New York.
Surviving Denney are his wife, Mary Pickett Denney at Riverledge Nursing Home, two daughters, Pamela Denney of Tillson, New York, Stephanie Denney of Syracuse, New York, four grandchildren and their spouses and four great grandchildren. A son, Daniel, predeceased him.
Services were held on November 7, 2015, at Grace Church, Canton, with burial in the Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, New York.