December 9, 1925 ~ January 8, 2018
Clyde William McCurdy, Sr., 92, of Stone Mountain, GA passed away Monday, January 8, 2018 at Emory University Hospital attended by family. He was preceded in death by his parents, David E and Susan Alta McCurdy as well as his 4 siblings, Pansy, Lucille, David, and Carolyn. Clyde was born in Stone Mountain in 1925 and attended Stone Mountain High School. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942. He skippered a smoke-laying landing craft at the Normandy D-Day invasion. After the Normandy invasion he volunteered to serve in the Amphibious Assault Group in an Underwater Demolition Team. He served with UDT 19, as a diver in the pacific theater and saw action at the Battle of Okinawa. He married Carmen Wiessel in 1948 in Atlanta. Clyde had a long career as a wholesale pharmaceutical salesman, and retired at age 63 to pursue his interests in travel and the study of genealogy, and to assist in rearing his grandchildren. He wrote a book, "McCurdy Pioneers of North America," published in 1990 based on his careful research. His family, colleagues, crew mates and friends remember him most keenly for setting an example of decency, self-sacrifice and responsibility. He is survived by his wife, Carmen, his three sons, Bill, Robert and Michael, and their wives, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren as well as numerous nephews and nieces.