WARREN Curry is not only a highly accomplished painter; he is also a dedicated and highly praised CFA member.
He is among a select few CFA members who has received an Australian Fire Service Medal as part of the Governor General’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Mr Curry originally joined Yarram Urban Fire Brigade in September 1964, before travelling across the world to follow his passion for art in London.
After his time abroad, he resumed his position with the Yarram CFA and served the community for more than 44 years.
Mr Curry has held many brigade management roles within CFA over the years, with Yarram and Port Albert brigades.
He has also performed roles of group delegate, deputy group officer and group officer in the Tarra group.
Former captain Dick Whitaker, a friend of Mr Curry’s for more than 30 years, took over the captaincy from him after he had been at the helm for 22 years.
“While Warren was captain, I was first lieutenant,” Mr Whitaker said.
“Out of all the people in the Yarram district, Warren has put more effort into CFA than anyone I know.
“He’s one of those guys that whenever there were challenges within the brigade — because everyone respected him so much — he would sort out the issues, settle the dispute and keep things moving forward.”
Mr Whitaker said Mr Curry had strong sense of community and passion for CFA, adding when he wasn’t painting or overseas, he was working on ways to help the community.
“He’s dedicated a lot of personal time to the brigade; he was one of those guys who is always at the station,” he said.
Mr Curry also has a passion for encouraging and developing members, particularly the juniors.
He is currently escaping winter at his second home in the village of Pelekas on the island of Corfu, Greece.
When not painting, Mr Curry operates art tours on the island.