James Henry Curtin Sr., a retired oil and coal executive who raised his family in Malverne, died on Saturday at a hospice center in Florida. He was 84, and the cause was kidney failure.

Curtin was born on July 20, 1925, in Fall River, Mass. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., and completed graduate courses in accounting and economics at New York University.

He also served in the Navy, enlisting in 1943 and becoming officer-in-charge of an amphibious landing craft in the Pacific.

One of Curtin's five children, Jim Curtin of Washington, D.C., described his father as an outgoing, sociable man who had a strong work ethic.

"He was also a very serious, thoughtful person who worked very hard all his life," he said.

Curtin and his wife, Trudy, moved to Malverne in 1957, where Curtin volunteered at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic church, coached Little League and relaxed at the Ocean Club in Atlantic Beach.

He spent his career as an oil and coal executive with several companies, including Shell Oil and Massey Coal Export Company. He retired in 1990, and he and his wife moved to Jupiter, Fla., in 2001.

Curtin spent about seven years volunteering at a Jupiter-area hospital, where he would help wheel patients from the surgical areas to their rooms, Jim Curtin said.

He also enjoyed reading, fishing and golf, and he was an avid Jets fan. One of his prized possessions was a Jets print autographed by Jets quarterback Joe Namath, Jim Curtin said.

In addition to Jim Curtin, Curtin is survived by sons Tom Curtin of Houston, John Curtin of Tequesta, Fla., Bob Curtin of Stuart, Fla.; daughter Maureen De Nicola of Malverne; brothers Henry Curtin of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Neil Curtin of Huntington, and sister Joyce Walsh of Newtown Square, Pa. Trudy Curtin, to whom Curtin was married for 58 years, died in 2007.

Services and burial will be held in Florida.

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