Charles "Eric" McCurdyCharles "Eric" McCurdy, born to Charles and Edith McCurdy in Downey, California on August 1, 1952, passed away Tuesday April 26, 2011, surrounded by family at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.  With unwavering strength and courage Eric had battled cancer since 2004.  During this time he made the most of the favorite activities of his two youngest children; walking in creek beds to find crayfish and fossils or building with Legos and Playmobil.  He also owned and operated Buzz Coffee with his daughters Kelly and Mollie, where many members of the local community got to know and love him.  He treated everyone as an equal and always took time to listen, and talk, for he was blessed with an incredible gift for humor and storytelling. He also applied his people skills and analytical mind to his role as a tax preparer. 

Eric graduated from Cal State Fullerton and got his law degree at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. He had his own legal practice in Long Beach, California prior to moving to Trumansburg in1998.

He was an avid reader and observer of politics, and was accepting and open-minded towards all different people and philosophies. A deep-seated interest in history led Eric to read about politics and history often, especially material related to the Civil War.                   

Eric was athletic from childhood and in particular he loved playing baseball. He was a lifelong Red Sox fan. He went on to coach his children's baseball, soccer, and basketball teams.  As a teen and young adult Eric spent a great deal of time around a turntable listening to 60's music, and throughout his life he had an ear for soulful music of every era. He also enjoyed traveling up and down the California coast to catch whatever bands were in the area.  As an adult he would sit his children down and introduce them to these same classic tunes.  He was a nature lover and adventurer from childhood when his father and mother took him and his siblings every summer to camp in Utah, fishing, hiking and exploring caves.  As an adult he took his own children to that same campground and introduced them to nature.  In his later years he and his wife enjoyed bird watching trips. 

He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Mary, his father Charles and mother Edith, his sisters Sandy and Laurie, his six children Chris, Kelly, Brian, Mollie, Maggie, and Charlie and his two granddaughters Ella and Kayla. 

The family will be present to receive friends from 5 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3rd at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South St.,Trumansburg. No public funeral services have been scheduled.

Flowers will be graciously accepted at the funeral home. The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Eric's memory to kindly consider the Roswell Park Cancer Institute by sending a check to: Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263 or the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., D1212, Boston, MA 02215-5450.