Michael John Curran
July 12, 1946 – October 5, 2021
Michael John Curran, loving husband, stepfather, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away on October 5, 2021, in Houston, Texas. Michael was born on July 12, 1946, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the youngest of three children, to Thomas and Mary Curran.
He grew up in Cincinnati and earned a BA from the University of Cincinnati, followed by a stint in the Army Reserve. He lived in Colorado and Kansas before moving to Houston, where he worked as a CPA for METRO, the Harris County transit authority. In Houston he met his wife Leslie Bay Steen and became a stepfather to Sean Kristian Steen and Karl Oddvar Steen.
After his retirement from METRO Michael was an active member of the board of the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems, but also dedicated much of his time to improving his golf game. Incredibly, he managed to make three holes in one during his retirement years. He and Leslie enjoyed traveling to Alaska and Europe, as well as playing poker at the casinos. Michael was a devoted uncle to his many nieces and nephews and took great pride in their accomplishments. His family and friends will remember Michael for his easy smile, his kind and generous nature and the gift of making everyone feel like an old friend minutes after meeting them. He also was an avid fan of all types of sports. Michael loved animals and often had a household filled with doted-upon dogs and an occasional cat. He was walking his dogs when he and Leslie met.
Michael is preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Mary Curran. He is survived by his wife Leslie Bay Steen, stepsons Sean Kristian Steen and Karl Oddvar Steen; a stepdaughter Dana Michelle Bucci; sister Diane Kane, brother Terry Curran and wife Kathy, along with nieces and nephews Kari Elizabeth Curran and children Noah and Samuel Miller; Christopher Matthew Curran and children Margaret and Thomas; and Kevin Thomas Curran and son Kennedy; Carolyn Kane; David Kane; Jennifer Harris and children Kenneth, John, Michael and Hannah; Michael Andrew Kane; Mary Kristin Swain and children Olivia, Aidyn, Jayla, Avery and Jimmy.
Memorial services will be held at 1 pm on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at Pat H. Foley & Co., 1200 W. 34th St. in Houston, Texas. A live feed of the service will be available.
The family would be very grateful if you would like to leave an online condolence on Michael’s page at the funeral home’s website. These remembrances will be included in a keepsake for the family to cherish and be comforted by your love and kindness. www.pathfoleyfuneraldirectors.com
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Michael John Curran
October 13, 2021
The last few days, I have been trying to think of that one memory that everyone can relate to, but I have too many good ones to choose just one. Mike was the man who acted in the place of my father more than my father was ever able to do. He lectured me when I was being an unruly teenager, tutored me in Algebra and even accounting in College, he taught me to play golf when I was a kid because: "golf is a game that teaches patience, and YOU need to learn some, Dana." Mike taught me about responsibility and ethics, as well as finding humor with the little things in life - "those little things will eventually compile and become something greater." I wouldn't be the person I am today had he not been such a substantial figure in my life.
I wish all the family and friends all love and light while we spend the next few days in remembrance.
October 12, 2021
The boys and I will always remember how funny and sweet you were. And always teasing my dad about his golf game!!
Miss you & love you,
Kari, Noah & Samuel xoxo
October 12, 2021
I remember Michael as an honest, sincere and faithful friend. We enjoyed poker nights together and shared many humorous golf adventures. Rest in peace my dear friend Michael.