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Bruce S. McCurnin, phys ed teacher and coach

Bruce S. McCurnin, a retired physical education teacher and coach, died Tuesday of complications from kidney and liver disease at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 66.

The son of Charles J. McCurnin, a career Army officer, and Marie "Mickey" McCurnin, a homemaker, Bruce Shelby McCurnin was born in Philadelphia and raised in Wilmington, Del.

After graduating in 1966 from John Dickinson High School in Wilmington, where he was a champion wrestler, Mr. McCurnin attended Wesley College in Dover, Del., and earned a bachelor's degree in 1969 from what is now Towson University.

Mr. McCurnin was a physical-education teacher for Baltimore public schools for 38 years until retiring in 2007.

In addition to his work in city schools, Mr. McCurnin coached wrestling at Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington, and coached basketball and track at St. Pius X parochial school in Rodgers Forge.

Mr. McCurnin touched the lives of many students, family members said.

He was a longtime resident of Guilford Avenue in Charles Village. He enjoyed working on and driving his silver 1982 Corvette. He also liked gardening, collecting koi and smoking cigars.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Mr. McCurnin is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Linda Ross; a son, Wesley Ross McCurnin of Silver Spring; three daughters, Nicole Shelby McCurnin of Columbia, Allison Marie McCurnin of Baltimore and Kristin Elizabeth McCurnin-Matsuki of Roxbury, Mass.; his mother, Marie "Mickey" McCurnin of Newark, Del.; two brothers, Richard Michael McCurnin of Ocean View, Del., and Mark W. McCurnin of Newark, Del.; a sister, Karen Kay McCurnin-McCarthy of Phoenixville, Pa.; and a grandson.


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