John P. Curran 88, of North Chelmsford
John Patrick Curran, 88, of North Chelmsford passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, September 16, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. John was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on August 3, 1930, the son of the late Patrick Joseph Curran from Galway, Ireland and the late Alice Veracunda (Murphy) Curran from Lowell.
John grew up in the Wigginsville section of Lowell and attended the Sacred Heart School in Lowell. In his teens, the family moved to the North Chelmsford homestead.
In the early part of his life, John worked on the Avila, Blackie, and Zaher farms in Chelmsford and the Dell Dale farm in Littleton. John particularly enjoyed driving tractors while working on the farms. John worked at the Imperial and Corrugated Box in North Chelmsford as a watchman and fireman. He also worked as a custodian for the Chelmsford School and Police Department for a number of years.
John was proud of his Irish heritage and strong Catholic faith. He was friendly, hard-working, and a lover of music and Westerns. John was well-traveled, visiting Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada, Alaska, and Hawaii. He also enjoyed many trips to his favorite Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. He looked forward to his annual trips to Mt. Washington, N.H. and Wells, Maine. In his earlier years, he enjoyed car races in Laconia, N.H. and bicycling.
He is survived by his sisters and brothers, Christine A. Johnson of Danvers, Alice M. Finlay of Andover, Margaret R. Belken of Lakeville, James P. Curran and his wife Carol (Belleville) of Tyngsboro, Maureen C. Aspell and her husband Thomas J., Sr. of Tewksbury, Catherine Gail Curran, Sheila M. Curran, Donna Curran Salyards and her husband, John L., William F. Curran and his wife Pamela (LaFlamme), Susan F. Curran, Dennis E. Curran, and sister-in-law Marcia (McLaughlin) Curran of North Chelmsford.
In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his sister Mary P. Curran, his brothers Thomas J. and his wife, Kathleen M. (Aspell), Patrick (“Mike”) J., his brothers–in-law, Carlton A. Johnson, Joseph G. Finlay, Leslie V. Belken, and his sister-in-law Debralee (Timm). He also leaves thirty-five nieces and nephews, seventy-eight grandnieces and nephews, and ten great-grandnieces and nephews.
Visiting hours Wed. 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral Thurs. at 10am from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 11am at St. John the Evangelist Church in N. Chelmsford. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell. Memorials may be made in his name to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. John the Evangelist Church, 115 Middlesex Street, N. Chelmsford, MA 01863 or the Shriner's Hospital, Donation Dept., 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.