We are lost without him

THE family of a Marine killed in an explosion in Afghanistan say they are 'lost' without him.

Thursday, 3rd June 2010, 4:42 pm

Corporal Stephen Curley, 26, from 40 Royal Commando Marines, died last Wednesday during foot patrol while serving as part of Combined Force Sangin.

His widow, Kirianne, paid tribute to her husband who was proud to serve his country.

She said: "It is impossible for me to express what my husband meant to me, Daddy to our 18-week-old son William and my partner in crime, Stevie was my purpose, what makes me tick.

"A man of few but powerful words when it mattered, he lived by the motto, 'If you're not living life on the edge, you're taking up too much room'. This will be forever imprinted on our hearts.

"Stevie was a perfectionist - he prided himself on being the best and the best he was. His professionalism was highly regarded by all who knew him but it was his quirky un-PC one-liners that really caused a stir. Steve loved to make people laugh and laugh with them.

"Stevie was a quietly proud man, proud to be a Royal, proud to be my husband and proud to be a daddy.

"Steve stood firmly for what he believed in – a man who lived by his convictions and fought vehemently for what he thought was right.

"Steve loved his family, and would be so proud of his mother and brother.

"We will carry your heart with us always. Engraved in my wedding ring the words, Kirianne, my one, my love, my wife. Stephen, sleep well my love."

Cpl Curley's mother Andrea and brother Sean said: "He was extremely proud of his northern roots. He leaves so many friends in the area with whom he remained in contact and all are deeply saddened.

"He always looked up to his older brother Sean and it meant so much to them both when, at one period, they served together in Afghanistan. Quite simply, without Stephen, Sean and I are lost."

Cpl Curley, 26, a former pupil of St John Fisher R C School in Dewsbury, joined the Royal Marines Recruit Training at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in March 2003, passing for duty the following year.

He was described by colleagues as 'the very best of his generation: bright, fit, charismatic and supremely brave, he was a man who genuinely inspired others'.

Cpl Curley's body was flown back to Britain yesterday.