One of the last emails I ever received from Bill Curl was 17,180 words long.

Anything you could possibly want to know about the John Curtis Christian football team was in that email.

Want a score from a game in 1969? Mr. Curl had you covered.

Want to know the proper way to pronounce quarterback Collin Guggenheim's last name? Mr. Curl had you covered there, too.

Curl, who died on Friday at age 77, was as thorough about his job as one can get. 

It didn't matter what he was doing, from his days as Tulane's sports information director in the 60s and early 70s or his time as the spokesman for the Superdome or just doing anything involved with high school sports.

But that didn't end at work.

"The person that everybody who works with him in the media knew he was the same person I know," said 40-year old Rocky, Curl's youngest child.

"My dad was very passionate about whatever he was involved in. Whether it was following our sports careers or growing up and following my kids' little league games or working on something for the Superdome. Anything and everything he did, he was into it. I don't know anybody else period who had as much passion as him."

So this Father's Day weekend will be a bit more meaningful around the Curl household.

"Father's Day was never really a big deal growing up," Rocky said. "But now every time I turn on the radio the next few days, I'll be thinking about my dad because I'll be reminded over and over that it's Father's Day. He won't be here, but it'll be nice for all of us to celebrate him."

Bill's wife Carolyn, along with their children Kate, Christy, Scott and Rocky and grandchildren Andrew and Charlotte will get a chance to reflect on the life of a man who would surely wonder what all the hoopla is about.

He would wonder why his face is all over the newspaper and internet.

He'd probably be a little upset that it was so dark at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center on Friday night as the outside lights at the usually illuminated buildings were turned off as a way to pay tribute to him.

He would wonder why a scholarship fund is being established in his name at John Curtis.

"He would like it, but he would be humble, and he'd say he doesn't deserve all this," his wife Carolyn said.

But he deserves it.

It's why he's already in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Tulane Sports Hall of Fame.

If there was a Hall of Fame for sports fanatics, he'd be in that too.

Sports meant everything to Curl.

One of his biggest thrills was going to watch little league and T-ball games of his two grandchildren.

If he wasn't watching in person, his television was always on sports, which explains why one of his children was a bit confused many years ago after going to a sleepover at a friend's house.

"'Mom, they have a different kind of TV than us,'" Carolyn recalled one of them saying.

She asked how so?

"Their TV doesn't have sports on all the time."

Sports means everything to the city of New Orleans. And for the city of New Orleans, Curl meant the world to its sports. On every level.

"It's funny how the list goes, but my dad's pride and joy, in this order, would probably be the Superdome, his grand kids, obviously our family, and then Curtis right after that."

J.T. Curtis, legendary coach of John Curtis Christian, was one of the first people the family called to give the news Thursday.

J.T. Curtis, of course, gets his team to the Dome almost every year. But it's Curl who has every high school team in Louisiana trying to get to the Dome. He had the vision to get the high school state championships games played there almost 40 years ago.

The lights outside of that building so dear to Curl were off on Friday night in his honor.

There will be no funeral, a wish Curl told his son Rocky two years ago after the funeral of former Curtis offensive line coach Mike Robertson.

"He said he didn't want people to sit some place and cry about him," Rocky recalled. "He just wants a party at Rock n' Bowl. So that's what we are going to do."

The family hasn't set a date for that final celebration yet, but Carolyn says it will likely be in about a month.

But on this Father's Day weekend, the family will be together, reminiscing.

"Father's Day is definitely much different for us this time," Rocky said. "He would think all of this is overblown. He'd say he was just a man doing his job, and that this was all too much. But it isn't."

Heck, the man who emailed me over 17,000 words a few months ago would probably even think these 800 or so words about him were too much.

But it isn't. You deserved it. 

Rest in Peace Mr. Curl.

Follow Rod Walker on Twitter, @rwalkeradvocate.