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Exeter City legend and Irish international Dermot Curtis died on 1 November, 2008, following a long illness.The 74-year-old former striker signed for Exeter from Ipswich Town in 1963 and became the first man to earn full international honours while at St James's ParkHe earned 17 caps in total for the Republic of Ireland.Former Exeter player Jimmy Giles said the loss would be felt by the whole club."I knew Dermot for 30 years," he said. "I came down to Exeter as a young boy."He was just a fantastic man. He was always good fun. It was just his nature. He was a typical Irishman and nothing was ever a problem for him - if he could do something for you, he would do it."I feel so sorry for his family. He will be missed at the club on match days. Everybody loved talking to Dermot and he always had time for them. It will be a sad, sad loss."Exeter City team-mate Alan Banks said: "I first met Dermot when I came here in 1963 and we played together for five or six years."He was just a lovely man and it is very sad that all the good guys seem to go early."He was a smashing fellow. He was well liked by everybody. He was by far the best striker partner I played with in my time at Exeter City."He was a regular up at the park and has been sadly missed on match days over the last 18 months. He liked a laugh and a joke and was great company to be with."My condolences go to Doreen and his family and I am sure there will be a big turnout for the day of his funeral."Fans also posted tributes to Dermot online on Exeter City forums.One post read: "Very sad to hear. City's only international and, I would guess without asking him, probably one of my Dad's first City heroes. Thoughts to all those close to him. RIP."Another fan wrote: "I knew Dermot. What a great man, and so, I was told by my father, a great player. Thoughts and prayers go to his friends and family."Before joining City, Dermot played for Shelbourne and Bristol City before moving to Ipswich, who soon became league champions in September 1958.Born in 1932, he was one of eight children brought up by parents Molly and Jack in the district of Drimnagh, Dublin.As a young boy he would take every opportunity to play football, cycling a six-miles round trip from Drimnagh to Shelbourne Park twice a week for training.While Dermot was playing for Shelbourne he met his future wife Doreen, and the couple were married in Dublin in 1956.In December that year he was signed by Bristol City, and spent one and a half seasons at the club, scoring 13 goals in 15 games, before signing for Ipswich Town. During his first season there he helped the Town to promotion into the top flight.In 1963 he was transferred to the Grecians after director Les Kerslake flew to Ireland to persuade him to move to the South West.In five seasons with Exeter, Dermot scored an impressive 39 goals in 175 appearances.He enjoyed two spells at St James's Park spread over six years, with a year spent at Torquay United in 1966/67.In 1969 Dermot joined Bideford, then in the East Devon League, before retiring and returning to panel-beating.Dermot lived in Broadfields, Exeter, and was survived by wife Doreen, their children Hazel, Maurice, Chris and Robert and his grandchildren.
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We spent some joyous holidays with Dermot, Doreen & Hazel (and her family). Those memories especially during the first few years are precious - full of fun and laughter and of course, lots of football talk. As I am a referee, the conversations got very interesting at times even though Dermot`s football career was `before my time`.It was a privilege to have known Dermot and to have such fond and treasured memories of him and his loving family.We had a chant that we greeted Dermot with - much to his embarassment:-There`s only one Dermot Curtis, one Dermot Curtis.How very true and we will miss him.Our love and prayers go to Doreen, Hazel, Steve, Andy Helen and other family members.
Left by David Entwistle: 07/12/2008
I was a young ninrteen year old playing in the reserves at Torquay when Dermot arrived and he immediately took me under his wing. We trained together nearly every day and I learned so much from him. He was outstanding in the air and a gifted unselfish player on the ground. Later I joined Exeter City and Dermot was there once again helping me, he would even fix my car when it broke down, which seemed to happen fairly frequently back then! I would not have had such a rewarding career in football if it was not for people like Dermot. He was a top top man.Fred Binney.
Left by Fred Binney: 17/11/2008
Hi i met dermot in the eighties when we both worked for chancel windows in whipton ,, he came to us as a begginer and was taught how to make windows and doors, he was a very kind and quite man, he didnt spout off about his fine past in the beauitful game, it was only after someone found out about him playing for ireland, that he came clean ,,he will be missed and i pass on our kind regards to his family on thee loss
Left by Graham Prowse: 12/11/2008
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