Ed Curell

Former Terrace librarian Ed Curell passes away

Ed Curell retired in 2008 after being head librarian for 29 years

  • Mar. 6, 2014 7:00 a.m.

The former head librarian of the Terrace Public Library who oversaw its expansion in 1995 and who took into the digital age has died.

Ed Curell, who retired in 2008 after 29 years as head librarian, passed away while on holiday. He was 67.

“I couldn’t believe it when I heard it,” said Willie Schneider, who was chair of the library board in 1979 when Curell was hired.

“He was quite hands-on in the library,” said Schneider. “He was a very laid back man, very friendly man. He was very concerned about his staff and always concerned about the budget.”

Curell had planned to retire in 2007 but stayed on to oversee several projects that were underway.

Schneider and Curell both worked on the 1995 library expansion project by raising money and crafting how the facility would look.

Curell also created the library’s own software to replace older software used for 25 years.

He was also instrumental in arranging for an online newspaper database.

George Clark first got to know Curell when he was on city council in the early 1980s and acted as the city’s representative on the library board.

“I was supposed to represent the interests of the city but I think I ended up defending the interests of the library instead,” Clark recalled.

“That’s the kind of person Ed was – very passionate, very quiet and very effective.”

Clark credits Curell for moving the library beyond being a book repository.

“He made sure the library was not only up to date with changes but that it was ahead of the curve,” he said.

“Videos, CDs, audiobooks. He made the library a place not just to read but to research. Computers were there for free use. He very quickly got with the computer age,” said Clark.

The following is a statement from Terrace mayor Dave Pernarowski:

“On behalf of Council and the City of Terrace I would like to convey our sadness at the sudden passing of Ed Curell. Ed served as the head librarian at the Terrace Public Library for 29 years.

His dedication to learning, to facilitating access to information, and creating an accessible library has shaped not only the Terrace Public Library but indeed our community.

Ed embodied the concept of a public library that was open to all and he himself was a lifelong learner. Ed’s work to keep the Terrace Public Library the vibrant resource it is today is a testimony to his commitment to the people of Terrace.

We offer our condolences to Ed Curell’s family and friends.”




Just Posted

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

Police encourage reporting of suspicious events following reports involving children

Terrace RCMP are asking the public to report any suspicious adult interactions… Continue reading

Soup kitchen sees “groundswell of community support”

Donations toward looming tax bill push non-profit back in the black

College buys a yurt to boost student success

Round tent-like structure part of college instructional shift

Terrace husband and wife honoured for saving each other’s lives

BC Ambulance presented each a Vital Link Award for separate incidents of CPR

Testing the Google Arts & Culture app

Going face to face with art

VIDEO: Fuel truck and train collide in B.C. causing massive fire

More emergency crews are still arriving on scene of a massive fire at the Port Coquitlam rail yard.

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Man lives despite malfunctioning defibrillator at B.C. arena

A middle-aged man went into cardiac arrest after at game at Pitt Meadows Arena last Wednesday.

Cause of Northern B.C. seaplane crash released

TSB releases report on seaplane crash during a water landing in 2016 near First Nations community

Vancouver police crack down on pop-up pot vendors

Officers raided merchants’ tables on Robson Square late Sunday

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Crown seeks 4.5 years jail for B.C. woman convicted of counselling tax evasion

Debbie Anderson the latest from group to face jail for teaching debunked ‘natural person’ theory

UPDATE: Brother of B.C. teen killed by stray bullet says the death left a void

Alfred Wong, 15, was gunned down in Vancouver while on his way home from dinner with his family

Most Read