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Francis Curley Sr.


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Francis Curley Sr.

1923 - 2015 LEE Francis Curley Sr., 92, formerly of Lee, passed away Thursday morning, November 12, 2015, at Springside Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield under the care of Hospice. He was born in Pittsfield on November 7, 1923, the son of Thomas andMary Andreotta Curley. Francis and his brothers and sisters grew up in the North End of Pittsfield. When Francis was growing up, he was a communicant of St. Charles Church, and he also was an altar boy. He attended St Charles Elementary School and St Joseph's High School until the 10th grade, and he went off to work to help support his family during the Great Depression. Shortly after their first son, Francis, Jr. was born, Francis & Mary Castronova moved to Lee and resided on 82 Dublin Hill in a home adjacent to the Castronova home where Mary Castronova and her family resided. While living in Lee, Francis worked in the Peter J. Sweitzer Paper Mills which were eventually purchased by the Kimberly Clark Corporation. While working in the Lee paper mills, Francis was a treasurer for the local paper makers Union. He was a member of the Greenock Country Club and he spent several yearsas a board member of the Club. Francis was also a member of the Third and Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus and he was a past Grand Knight of Lee Council # 314, and a Past State District Deputy. He also was a Past Faithful Navigator of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus. He also was a member of The Honor Guard of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus. When Francis retired, he and his wife, Mary traveled to Ireland, Italy, Scotland & Wales, etc., as well as taking several trips in the United States. During his retirement, Francis also drove limousines for the Kelly Funeral Home in Lee and the Roche Funeral Home in Lenox and several funeral homes in Pittsfield. Franciswas predeceased by his wife, the former Mary T. Castronova, to whom he was married for over 65 years. She passed away on October 22, 2011. He is survived by a son, Francis L. Curley, Jr.and his wife, Linda, a daughter, Marie Perrea and her husband, Thomas all of Pittsfield; four grandchildren, Lt. Colonel Michael Anthony Curley and his wife, Danielle, Kevin Curley and his wife, Kyla, Melissa Perrea and Christopher Perrea; a brother, Joseph and his wife, Ruth of Pittsfield; sisters-in-law, Gladys Kresiak of Lee, Jeanne Curley of Pittsfield, Patricia Castronova of Lee, and Leonilda (Lil) Curley of Ohio; seven great-grandchildren, Isabelle & Gabriel Curley, Maxwell & Piper Lee Curley, Malakai and Justice Lytle and Matthew Perrea. Franciswas predeceased by a son, Michael Anthony who died in 1970, a grandchild, Thomas Perrea Jr., and Francis' brothers: Bernard, Thomas, William, and a sister, Marie Curley. He was also predeceased by Mary's three of four Castronova sisters and five Castronova brothers. FUNERAL NOTICE: At the request of Francis, Funeral Services will be Monday, November 16, 2015 at 10 a.m. the Dwyer Funeral Home, 776 North St., Pittsfield, MA with the Rev. A. Peter Gregory, pastor of St. Charles Church, officiating. Burial will be at a later date. A reception will take place after the service at the Dwyer Funeral Home. Memorial donationscan be made to Hospice Services of Western and Central MA, care of theDwyer Funeral Home, in his memory. Please visit : www.dwyerfuneral.com to leave condolences and remembrances.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 13, 2015
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