Timothy Curtin, 61, dies; memorial race announced

Columbus, OH — Timothy W. Curtin, 61, formerly of Ottawa, Ill., died June 11, 2019, in Perry, Ga.

Mr. Curtin was born Dec. 26, 1957, to Michael and Jackie (Woods) Curtin.

Cremation rites have been accorded. On Saturday (June 22), Hawthorne Race Course will honor Mr. Curtin with a memorial race and his ashes will be scattered on the racetrack. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Curtin is survived by a son, Patrick; daughter, Amy; mother, Jackie; brother, Michael (Diane); sisters, Lori (Mick) Carey and Deb (John) Ewan; fiancé, Dora Portwood; nieces, Cristen Brack, Carley Carey, Leigha and Alison Sexton; nephew, David; great-nephew, Colt Brack; grandchildren, Hope, Peyton, Lane and Jayden; several aunts; cousins; and his beloved dog, Heidi. He was preceded in death by his father, Michael W.; maternal grandparents, Dick and Dretha Woods; and paternal grandparents, Michael T. and Mathilda.

Mr. Curtin was a Standardbred driver and trainer for more than 40 years throughout the United States. He drove 3,245 horses to victory during his career. His best season was in 1997 when he drove 219 horses to victory. He was currently tied for second in the driver standings at Hawthorne Race Course with 23 wins this season.

His son, Pat, has driven and trained in the United States for many years as well.

Donations in his memory can be made with the horsemen’s bookkeeper (708.652.3655) at Hawthorne Race Course. The money will be used to cover funeral expenses with the remaining balance donated in his memory to the Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association.

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