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Joseph H. Curran

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Joseph Curran 1930 - 2008 TINMOUTH, VT. Joseph H. Curran, 78, died on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at the Rutland Regional Hospital following a brief illness. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 7, 1930, son of Joseph T. and Louise Schuller Curran, he received his education in Brooklyn Schools. He married his wife, the former Edna G. Lober, in Brooklyn on July 16, 1950. Joseph served in the National Guard from 1947 to 1956, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. He moved with his young family to North Bennington in 1962. He was employed by the Grand Union Company where, over time, he served as the Manager of the Meat Department in the Bennington, Manchester and Springfield locations. In 1976, he and his wife, purchased Cullinan's Store in Arlington fulfilling a life-time dream of owning his own business. He lived in Arlington and enjoyed his business there until his retirement in 2005. His "camp" in Tinmouth became his retirement respite where he happily occupied his time tending his flowers and stacking firewood. Joseph was actively engaged in community life. In Bennington he served on the school board of Mount Anthony Union High School and as a Trustee of the McCullough Library in North Bennington. He was active in Boy Scouts, serving as a Cub Scout leader and later as a Boy Scout District Commissioner. In Arlington he served as representative to the Bennington Regional Planning Commission. Perhaps his favorite community service was his long-time role as Santa Claus for both Arlington Masons and Grange, where his sleigh bells brought delight to many children. Joseph was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a former communicant of St. John the Baptist Parish. Besides his wife he leaves three daughters, Elaine Beckwith and her husband, Joel, of Jamaica, Vt.; her granddaughter, Carol Beckwith; Kathleen Galusha and her husband, Brian, of Jackson, N.Y.; Elizabeth Secor and her husband, James, of Shaftsbury; her granddaughters, Erica and Alison; a son Joseph G. Curran and his wife, Karen, of Shaftsbury; her grandsons, Timothy, Kyle and Daniel Curran; one sister, Mrs. Joan Comack of New Port Richey, Fla. He was predeceased by one younger brother, Daniel J. Curran. FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends may call at the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main St. in Bennington on Friday, May 16 , 2008 from 4 to 6 p.m. Friends are invited to the home of Elizabeth and James Secor on Myers Road in Shaftsbury following the calling hours. Funeral services and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wallingford Rescue Squad through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net
Published in Bennington Banner from May 14 to May 15, 2008
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