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Walter D. Curran Obituary
Walter D. Curran September 22, 1933 - January 7, 2013 Griswold - Walter D. "Pa" Curran, 79, of 80 Sheldon Rd., Griswold, formerly long time resident of Preston, died Monday at Backus Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Norwich on September 22, 1933, the youngest child of Paul A. and Albina M. (Guilbeault) Curran, being predeceased by three brothers John, Frank and William Curran, and three sisters, Mary Haubrich, Helen Watters, and Anne Murphy. On October 15, 1955 he was united in marriage to Betty-Jo Bushnell of Yantic at Sacred Heart Church in Norwichtown by the late Rev. Francis Lawler. Mr. Curran attended Norwich elementary schools, and graduated from Norwich Free Academy in the Class of 1951. His career covered various areas, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves in October 1950 for the Korean War. After graduation from N.F.A. in 1951, he went on active duty first in the submarine service, then to the amphibious fleet on the U.S.S. Carpellotti APD-136 which was the high speed transport that carried the U.S. Navy Seals for various operations, mainbrace and longstep invasions, as an assault boat coxwain. Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1954, he worked at Lehigh Petroleum in Norwich as a driver, serviceman, dispatcher, credit manager, and data processing manager for many years. He then became a vice president at the First New Haven National Bank in charge of data processing for 125 fuel oil clients in the Northeast. in 1974 he worked as a National Technical Manager for Petro-Data Inc. of Princeton, NJ where he worked with oil, gasoline and propane clients throughout the United States and Canada as a consultant to the industry with major oil companies. In 1984, Mr. Curran and a partner purchased Smith Bros. Fuel Co. in Taftville and served as the president until it was sold in 1991 as he was seeking retirement. Following a brief period of retirement he worked at Foxwoods Casino as a slot attendant, slot supervisors, assistant slot shift manager, and shift manager of slots until September 1998. Walt was an avid local golfer, and pitched horse shoes for many years in New London County Horseshoe League. He was also a ten pin bowler locally for 30 years, and played softball in various leagues until 1999. In his retirement years he worked at River Ridge Golf Course, and Labenski Funeral Home. He was a life member of the Preston City Volunteer Fire Co., President of the USS Carpellotti-ADP-136 Assoc., and a long time member and Eucharistic Minister of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Preston. Surviving is his wife Betty-Jo, and four daughters, Jacalyn Yonts and her husband Douglas Walworth, Susan Bialowas and her husband Stanley, Jo-Ellen Fleming; and Beth Garver and her husband Dusty. Also 11 grandchildren, Jennifer Crook and Elizabeth Yonts; Dennis, Thomas, Jessica and Elizabeth Bialowas; Ambry and Adam Fleming; and Julia, Regan and Sydney Garver. Four great grandchildren, Taylor, Trystan, Alivia and Brady, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation 5 to 8 P.M. Friday at the Labenski Funeral Home, 107 Boswell Ave., Norwich. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday at 10 A.M. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Route 164, Preston, meeting directly at the Church. Interment to follow in St. Thomas Cemetery, Voluntown, with Military Honors. His request is that in lieu of flowers, donations would be made in his memory to either Preston City Vol. Fire Co., 412 Route 164, Preston, CT 06365, or ECHO Cancer Foundations, 330 Washington St., Norwich CT 06360.

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Jan. 9, 2013
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