An unashamed Manchester United fan, Curry began his career at the Blackburn Times and went to the Lancashire Evening Post before moving to their London office and beginning a stellar career on Fleet Street.
He joined the Express in time to report on England’s World Cup win in 1966 and became chief football writer in 1982.
In 1998, while working for the Sunday Telegraph, he was named sports news reporter of the year.
David Emery, who worked alongside Curry, below, before himself becoming sports editor, said: “There were a few young lads who went on to have significant roles in the paper and there was a great feeling of camaraderie.
“Steve pulled some big stories and had some great contacts.”
The FWA tweeted: “It is with deep sadness that we learn of the passing of Steve Curry after a short illness.
“Steve was a great larger-than-life character, a top reporter, former FWA Chairman and Life Member. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Carol and family.”
And on the FWA website friend and colleague James Massop wrote an emotional tribute – that can be read in full here.
“Superlative journalist, whimsical companion, friend of football: Steve Curry was all that and more,” he wrote.
“His endless qualities glowed throughout the many years so many of us knew and admired him.
“Players and administrators entrusted him with their thoughts, hopes and apprehensions. His years at the Daily Express were dappled with exclusives.
“He was a marvellous fellow traveller too, especially in those days when we Fleet Street men travelled on the same charter aircraft as the England team. He had a fine singing voice and standing in the aisle, would give his finest, with a song about “Old Shep” being one particular party piece.
Curry leaves wife, Carol, and son Michael.