Board Converting News, June 13, 2022

Jim Curley, Former Editor (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1)

While Curley’s NV Publications “family” and the corrugated industry as a whole are saddened by the news of his sudden passing, all were quick to contribute memories of the man who touched so many lives with his sincerity, compassion, and sense of humor. “Jim was with NV from the outset and was an invaluable employee, friend and family member,” said Jeneane Vilardi, who assumed owner- ship of NV Publications after the passing of her husband Tom in 2018. “He loved his Irish heritage and was an encyclopedia of information on that and anything Gaelic. He was there when I married Tom and I will al- ways remember him as a humorous and extremely kind man.”

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“The epitome of an editor, Jim had a mastery of the language and used his skills to report on and analyze events and developments in the industry he loved. If Jim wrote it, you could take it to the bank,” said Robyn Smith, President/Publisher of NV Publications. Dan Brunton, Managing Director, Brunton Business Publications Ltd, remembered his first encounter with Curley: “I first met Jim 32 years ago, when I was 16-years-old, on one of our family vacations to New Jersey to visit the Vilardi family. It was about eight years later that I rubbed shoul- ders with him in terms of editorial duties, as I learned the trade. He was one of those old-school editors, with a solid background in journalism; he knew so many people in the North American industry, and he was respected for his forthright views and meticulous reporting. I know how much he was trusted by Ted and Tom Vilardi, it was a sad day when he re- tired and passed over the editorial reins to Len Prazych. I know Jim would be proud that ‘his’ BCN is in good hands. Rest in peace, Mr. Curley.” As current Editor in Chief of Board Converting News , Prazych was especially moved by the loss of a colleague, a mentor and a friend: “I’m extremely humbled by the fact that I’m only the second person to ever to hold this position at BCN. I will always remember Jim and his generosity and graciousness in sharing both his knowledge of the job and the in- dustry with me. I still feel him looking over my shoulder as I’m looking for just the right words that will allow me to finish another feature article and another issue, on deadline, of course. Thank you, Jim!” Jackie Schultz, former Editor-In-Chief of Corrugated Today who re- tired in 2021, said, “Jim was the consummate reporter who possessed Jim Curley, second from right, was inducted into the AICC Hall of Fame in 2017 during AICC’s Fall Meeting in Las Vegas. The award was presented by Will Miis, formerly of RISI, right, along with AICC’s Mike D’Angelo and Steve Young.

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