STATEMENT OF COUNTY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN MEL FRANKLIN
ON THE PASSING OF FORMER COUNTY EXECUTIVE WAYNE K. CURRY
Today, Prince George’s County’s 900,000 residents mourn the loss of former County Executive Wayne Keith Curry, who has passed away at age 63. Wayne loved his family dearly, and our love, thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Sheila, and their children, Julian and Taylor, especially at this most difficult time.
Wayne Curry was a courageous leader, civil rights trailblazer, and political and economic visionary. He was a friend, role model, and mentor, especially to those of us who chose a life of public service. His passing is felt deeply from every corner of our beloved Prince George’s County, built with Wayne’s love and passionate commitment.
Wayne confronted his illness the way he confronted every challenge in his life, with fearlessness and unwavering resolve. From integrating Tuxedo-Cheverly Elementary School as a young child, to becoming Prince George’s County’s first African-American County Executive, Wayne’s life was “history in the making.”
Even as he battled lung cancer, Wayne reached out to save the lives of others by sharing his story. To me and so many of us close to him, Wayne was family and losing him creates an irreplaceable void in our hearts.
Today, we honor his life, his family, and all that he meant to us. Wayne Curry is still Prince George’s County.