Lieutenant (N) Robert Ronald “Zulu” Currie (1941-2022) passed away on Thursday, February 24th, 2022.
Robert is survived by his beloved wife Judy (James), his son Tim, his daughter Christine (Steve), and his granddaughters Victoria (Jared), Stephanie and Rebecca and his stepsons John and Brad (Tracy) Sampson and his dear friends Eric Baker Mosher and David Baker Mosher.
Robert was born on September 26th, 1941, in Springs, South Africa and grew up in Durban where he became a formidable rugby player. He moved to the UK to be a part of the British Army where he was a Paratrooper and part of the Royal Horse Guard then immigrated to Canada and joined the Canadian Air Force and then the Canadian Navy.
Robert had a wealth of experiences about life growing up in South Africa, his time in the British Army and Canadian Navy, and his many wild adventures and travels around the world, which he loved to share. These stories will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. An avid sailor, he will be remembered by the sailing community and the members of the Brooklyn Marina, Shearwater Yacht Club and RNSYS
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool, NS. A celebration of life will be held later in the summer.
No flowers by request, however, donations may be made to Salvation Army. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com
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sorry to hear of zulus passing condolences to the family at this time will be missed as part of the day group irene &lockie
John & Nancy LEEFE
Judy , Family plese accept our deepest sypathy on Zlu’s passig. He enjoyed a most intersting a useful life.
Vickie and Brian Dexter
Victoria and family
We are sorry for your loss .
Anne Porter Sarty
Judy and family.
I was saddened to hear that Robert has passed away. We always had such good conversations when he came into the doctors office. My condolences to you and your family.
Judy, I’m so sorry to hear of Zulu’s passing. He was an amazing man. I loved listening to his stories and seeing all his pictures. Take care. Hugs. ❤
So sorry, Judy. My deepest condolences.
I knew him for almost my entire adult life.
He will be missed.
Judy and family condolences to all,
Dear Judy, I am so sorry to read of Zulu’s passing. I hope your memories bring some comfort at this difficult time.
Judy and Family
So sorry to read of Zulu`s passing. Hugs and prayers going out to all
Judy I am so sorry for your great loss, Robert was a great story teller and i cherish every word he said to me. You are in my thoughts.
We spent many a pleasant afternoon aboard Nyala sailing around Liverpool enjoying each others company. I will miss Zulu coming to the house for coffee (4 sugars) and the many stories of his world travels. It was a privilege to have been his friend. RIP Zulu.
Judy and family, so sorry to hear of Zulu’s passing. He will be remembered by all who knew him. He was the coach of the Navy Rugby Sevens team when i was a wrong officer and he taught us much about the game. A great story teller as well. My deepest condolences to the family.
Judy and family, please accept my sympathy on the loss of Zulu. I met him in Liverpool and again at the Day program. I found him very interesting as my husband was from South Africa and had family in Springs. Happy sailing, Zulu.
Brenda Lawrence and Jim Hubley .
Judy and family . Jim and I were shocked to see where Zulu passed away .
He was a man with a lot of history . Very interesting a guy .
You are in our thoughts. Take care . Brenda and Jim .
Judy & family, What an interesting life he had, full of adventures. Please accept my condolences.
Alex & Marie
Sincere condolences, Judy and family. Zulu will always be remembered. His great stories will live on. We are sure he is still telling them in his new heavenly home. He was an interesting person and for sure, he will be missed.
So sorry to learn of Zulu’s passing. Our paths crossed many times during our time in the navy.
To all Zulu’s family, please accept my deepest condolences and sincere sympathies. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.
Fair winds and following seas, my friend.
Knew Zulu very well; a character for all ages, a great Naval/sailing mate.. Fair winds and following seas as he crosses the bar.
I had the pleasure of serving with Bob and knew him as a dedicated naval officer and a farm charitable human being with a ready sense of humour. He will be missed by all who shared time with him. My condolences to his family.
Robert was such a wealth of knowledge from his travels around the world and I loved the times we had to chat with him.
The winds are now always at his back.
So Long Zulu. May you run wild and free where ever you may be. Thank you for the fun and friendship for over 30 years.
RIP my friend.
Thinking of you Judy. xo
Judy, My Condolences on Bob’s passing. He had a well lived life.
It’s been a while. Zulu was a larger than life character. I know he will be missed by many. My deepest heartfelt condolences Judy.
Condolences Judy, it has been so long since we talked, although I though of you folks often. Rhoda Lawlor.
George and Glenda Csrson
Our sympathy and love to Judy and family. Zulu was a colourful and good person. George and I have so many great memories. RIP good friend
Austin and Belinda Baird
So many fun filled memories! A man bigger than life! Always to be remembered! Heartfelt condolences to you Judy and the rest of the family.
To the Family,
I met Bob when he was posted to Maritime Command Headquarters as computer analyst in the 80’s. He appeared different than the rest of the naval officers, gregarious, less uptight and down to earth. He looked a bit like a pirate and spoke his mind. I found that refreshing and always welcomed hearing his stories. Even though I had not seen him in years he left an indelible imprint on me. He was indeed a “character” and I share your pain at his passing.
Full speed ahead Bob.
So sorry for you loss Judy. Robert was a great Reuben eater at the cafe. Always a Reuben never changed. My condolences to you and all your family. He will be missed.
So sorry to hear of your loss, he was clearly an exceptional man.
Dear Judy.I am so sorry to read of your husbands passing.
My deepest sympathy.❤️
Please accept my sincerest condolences.
I remember Zulu well from our time together in HMCS Scotian. He had that gregarious personality that you sometimes meet in South Africans. I remember him telling extraordinary stories about the Royal Horse Guards – and then how he was an early volunteer when they formed a parachute company. He became, as he described it, “a jumping Blue”. I’m a richer person for having known him.
Bob and I shared many wonderful conversations and I was happy to give him a hand up in time of need. Although we hadn’t seen each other in years, I look back fondly upon his spinning dits through the wee hours of the morning and our mental jousting. Condolences and love to you Judy.
So very sorry Judy to hear this, my deepest condolences ,
Dear Judy so very sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. Take care Barb
So sorry to see this, Judy.
Robert was such a big help to me when I was getting ready to sail across the Atlantic my first time. You and he were always a great reason to visit Brooklyn anytime I was passing thru Nova Scotia.
I remember the first time he sailed on my boat he said he knew a shortcut. It was my first time in these waters and his shortcut sounded interesting.
Often, taking someone’s shortcut is a good way to run aground, but I had the impression Robert knew his way and so I just told him to go ahead.
It was a much narrower and more intricate shortcut than I was expecting, with rocks close by on both sides, but Robert did know the way and we had no problems.
Afterwards, he said he was surprised that I’d trusted him with taking my boat thru that shortcut, because he wouldn’t have trusted me if I’d proposed it.
That’s how I remember Robert, as someone competent. Not a boastful person, he had a wry sense of humor, and he always seemed competent.
Sad that he is gone. My condolences, Judy.
Judy and family: Deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband, father grandfather and friend.
Bev and Gail Davison
Our condolences on your loss.
Sharon and Brian Elder
Our condolences on your loss Judy.
I first met Zulu in Esquimalt in the mid 70’s; he was in the MARS training class ahead of mine. Our paths crossed on the east coast for years including during mini Grey Cups and the post game parties in the old snake pit.
A wonderful story teller who spoke his mind; it was a delight to be in his company. He will be sorely missed.
My deepest condolences to Judy, Christine, Tim & the rest of the family for your loss. Zulu was a good friend, a good man & it was a privilege to have known him. -Bob Gosselin & Lois Sheen
A Sailor For The Lord
Go down to the Sea once more, Old Sailor.
For where else would an Old Jack Tar Be?
But riding the waves, and tasting the brine.
Out there, on God’s Heavenly Seas.
With fair weather assured every voyage.
No storms. No clouds in the Sky.
And with calm blue waters to sail on.
And ever, bright Stars to steer by.
A fine, sturdy Ship to sail in.
And revered old Shipmates to crew.
And with an Angel riding the Masthead.
And Land, now long out of view.
What more could an Old Mat lo wish for?
Than to serve as a Tar for the Lord.
So welcome, Old Sailor. Now the tide’s on the ebb.