LACONIA, N.H. - Thomas Patrick Curran, 79, of 90 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, N.H., passed away peacefully on Jan. 2, 2008 in his home. He leaves two siblings; his four children and their families; many nieces and nephews; esteemed co-workers at the Laconia Saint Vincent de Paul Society and his beloved companion, Verna 'Jo' Carignan. Surviving are his sister, Sister Theresa Francis, of Sparkhill, N.Y., his brother, Francis Curran, his wife, Cathy, of Hicksville, N.Y.; his daughter, Pamela Curran, of Chebeague Island, his son,Thomas P. Curran Jr., his wife, Darlene; and their children, Thomas P. Curran III and Kristen Curran, all of Mahopac, N.Y.; his son, Kevin Curran, and his wife, Deborah, of Scarborough, and his daughter, Stephanie Curran, of East Elmhurst, N.Y. Tom was pre-deceased by his parents and five of his sisters.
Tom was born to Anne Cleary Curran and Thomas Francis Curran in New York City on Jan. 31, 1928. His parents were Irish immigrants who met and married in New York. Tom was raised in New York in a family of six older sisters and a younger brother. Tom was the lifelong rock of the family for his sisters and brother.
He was a graduate of Bishop Loughlin High School, Brooklyn, N.Y. and attended Manhattan College School Of Engineering. He was a corporal in the United States Army in the Korean conflict. Upon return from Korea, he began a 37 career with the Bell System and participated in the divestiture of the Bell System. His final assignment with the Bell System was as a District Manager responsible for Southern Manhattan including the New York Stock Exchange, Commodities Exchange and World Trade Centers where his office was located.
Subsequent to his retirement, he relocated to Maine and started a second career as a dispatcher with the Maine State Police. He worked for nearly 12 years with the Maine State Police, along with his son, Trooper Kevin Curran. It was a unique working relationship which brought him both adventures and joy. He had particular affinity for working troopers and detectives.
After retiring from the Maine State Police, Tom moved to Laconia, N.H. A lifelong, ardent Catholic, he became involved with Saint Joseph Church and the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. He proudly worked side-by-side with his cherished companion, Jo Carignan, at St. Vincent's.
He enjoyed a diverse life including service in the United States Army, corporate America, law enforcement and assisting the less fortunate. He was a life long New York Yankees Fan, avid football fan and found pleasure reading. He was an accomplished dancer and enjoyed political discourse. His faith and devotion were constants in his life and in a quiet way encouraged both in his children. We, his children, his family, extended family and friends were blessed by his presence in our lives. We are grateful for his life and his peaceful passing.
Visiting hours will be at the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 using the carriage house entrance.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, NH on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008 at 10 a.m. by Rev. Gary Kosmowski, Pastor of the Church.
Interment, with Military Honors, will follow at the NH State
Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Route 3, Boscawen,
NH, 03303. Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services,
164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.
For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made to:
The Saint Vincent
de Paul Society
PO Box 6123
Lakeport, NH 03247.