Lives Remembered

Susan Curry had a passion for music and unique way with people

Susan Curry worked as entertainments manager for Wine Inns for more than a decade

ENTERTAINMENTS manager Susan Curry brought joy to thousands of people with her energy, imagination and instinctive understanding of what audiences wanted.

She had a passion for music and a unique way with people which meant she instantly made friends.

Born in Holywood in 1959, Susan began working in the entertainment industry when promoter David Hull offered her a job as a 20-year-old.

They worked closely together for the next 15 years, attracting a wide variety of acts to Belfast during the dark days of the 1980s.

David said she was "built for the world of entertainment".

"She had found a business that combined her love of people, talking, glamour, deadlines and drama," he said.

"Susan was a special person. She loved and cared for people and in return they loved and cared for her."

Susan also worked as entertainments manager for Wine Inns for more than a decade, looking after venues including the Belfast Empire, Mclub. Robinsons and Cutters Wharf to mention but a few.

She was responsible for bringing tribute acts from across the water, and the inspiration behind Friday night's Glamarama in the Empire and Mclub's Groovy Train.

It was her ability to build an instant rapport with people that brought acts back again and again. She had a great business sense but also a genuine warmth that endeared people to her.

Susan had a smile and a hug for everyone and time flew by when you were in her company.

She built up relationships with DJs and bands that turned into lifetime friendships.

Her enthusiasm for life would also shine through in her battle against cancer when she refused to give up despite the odds.

Her determination, integrity, positivity and generosity of spirit to all around was truly inspirational.

Susan died aged 57 on September 24.

Just eight days later, her sister Mary's partner Billy Creaney also died suddenly following a heart attack.

The 68-year-old was the kindest, most sensitive and caring person. He was delightful company with his wisdom, warmth and unique wit.

He was successful in business, but music was his real passion. His talents as a singer and guitarist delighted audiences throughout his life.

Throughout Susan's illness Billy was a rock for the whole family and it was a privilege and pleasure for all who spent time with them.

They will both be greatly missed but never forgotten.

Susan Curry's month's mind Mass will take place today at St Colmcille's Church, Holywood at 6.30pm.

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