On Friday, November 13 we lost Scott Curzi, the driving force behind the push to preserve the Roseberry house. He had a heart attack on Monday, and although he seemed to be recovering, died on Friday. Most of you who read this knew Scott and knew what he meant to Phillipsburg—we didn’t require the local papers remind us of his many preservation efforts with the buildings along South Main. But only a few knew about another half dozen (at least) other projects and activities he sponsored or assisted with. The town should be draped in black, and flags flown at half-mast in recognition of what we have lost. His energy and enthusiasm were infectious, and seemingly boundless. And now he has been taken from us.
The drive to preserve and restore the Roseberry house will continue; we have resolved that it will not miss a step because of his absence. Generations yet unborn will eventually learn something of the town’s connection to the late-Colonial and Revolutionary era in their tours of the house, but those who knew Scott will see little reminders of him and his continuing presence in the house itself, and we will recall the energy, the usually paint-splattered sweatshirts that he wore, the impulsive acts of kindness, his commitment to the town and its history, and his ability to suffuse some of the simplest tasks of restoration with a significance that stimulated us to greater effort.