In Memory of




Obituary for John Anthony Curdo

John Anthony Curdo, 90, of Auburn, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 30, 2022 at the Rose Monahan Hospice Home.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Carol Curdo; his children, Linda Westland, Gail Mosher, and Christopher Curdo; his step-children, Leslie Polizoti, and Geoffrey Polizoti; and his grandchildren, Cliff Westland, Cora Polizoti, and Micah Polizoti.

John is the son of the late Joseph and Delia (Muise) Curdo, of Lynn, MA. He was a graduate of Lynn Technical High School, followed by his enlistment in the U.S. Army in the late 1940’s. He initially trained as a watch crystal mechanic, then worked in Production Control at Honeywell in his early years. John transitioned to full-time Chess Professional (player, coach, teacher, journalist, and author), and has been awarded many citations for outstanding player achievement and excellence by the United States Chess Federation, including the Frank J. Marshall Award in 2004, and by the Massachusetts Chess Association over the years.

John enjoyed going to the gym, reading (especially adventure and biographies), doing crossword puzzles, lunches at the senior center, learning new and interesting words to use in writing and conversation, following the lives of his step-children, and, of course, studying chess.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice & Palliative Care/Rose Monahan Hospice Home ( or to the MA Chess Association (

Funeral services for John will be held privately for his family, and arrangements are in the care of Britton-Wallace Funeral Home.