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At funeral Mass, TV anchor Chet Curtis remembered for ‘unconditional love’

BOSTON, MA , 01/ 27 / 14: Co-anchor and former wife Natalie Jacobson, leaves the chruch after the Funeral for TV anchorman Chet Curtis at St. Cecilia Parish in Boston. ( David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 28curtis(1)
Former co-anchor and wife Natalie Jacobson wept as she left the church.David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe

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As often as not, those who met Chet Curtis’s family for the first time skipped past praising his tenure as a premier TV news anchor and jumped ahead to what they found most appealing about him.

They’d say “your dad’s a great guy,” Dana Curtis Keep, the oldest of his three daughters, recalled Monday morning during her father’s funeral Mass at St. Cecilia Church in the Back Bay.

Mr. Curtis and Natalie Jacobson, his co-anchor and then-wife, may have been the Boston equivalent of TV news nobility for nearly 30 years, but all who knew him on air or in person seemed to connect most with his genuine nature, and that’s what his family celebrated as they bid farewell to a father, grandfather, and companion.

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