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Joseph F. Curran Jr.

August 22, 1941July 9, 2020

Joseph Francis Curran, Jr. of West Hyannisport, MA (formerly of Milton, MA and Hanover, MA). August 22, 1941 to July 9, 2020. Son of the late Joseph and Eleanor (O’Brien) Curran. Beloved husband of Claire (O’Connor) Curran. Loving father and father-in-law of Laura and James Eichel and Beth Balter. Cherished Papa of Benjamin and Nathan Eichel and Stella and Annabel Balter. Loving brother of Virginia Doyle and Jane Curran. Loving uncle of David Doyle, Katelyn McConville and Emily Doyle, and their children: Alexandra, Ellie, Henry, Charlie, and Camilla. Lifelong kindred friend and cousin of Robert Sullivan.

Joe worked for many years in residential oil sales, yet his greatest accomplishments were in the support of his communities and his commitment to his family. As a father, Joe rolled his sleeves up. Whether coaching girls’ sports, volunteering for school initiatives, or taking impromptu road trips to Providence for a Springsteen concert or to NH for a day of skiing, Joe was a devoted family man. A faithful friend of Bill W., he worked the program throughout his adult life, sponsoring many young men and women in recovery. Joe was also a dedicated member of the Seaside Park Improvement Association, and could be found cleaning up The Creek, managing summer employees, and strolling around the Aves to have a chat with neighbors. Over the years in Hanover, and later on Cape Cod, Joe quietly volunteered in countless ways, out of a desire to be in the service of others and a part of something greater than himself.

Equal parts humble and hilarious, Joe was a true character with a legendary sense of humor. With spontaneous “swell surprises” and quick-witted “funnies,” Joe kept life interesting and entertaining for his friends and family. A lifelong Boston sports fan (and known to smooth-talk his way into mid-80’s Celtics games), a multiple marathon runner and aspiring scratch golfer, an avid reader, a history and geography buff, a jazz fan and an ice cream aficionado, Joe was a man of simple pleasures and comforting routines. Whether reading the paper and drinking coffee in his backyard, or strolling the beach in Marco Island, FL, Joe was content as long as Claire, his wife of 52 years and best friend, was by his side. Indeed his greatest source of joy was being in the presence of his family, watching his daughters become educated, productive adults, and reveling in the talents and antics of his adored grandchildren. His family will honor his memory by living by his motto, “progress, not perfection.”

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Liberty Commons in Chatham who cared for Joe so compassionately during the last several months of his life. Due to Covid-related restrictions, family members were not allowed visitation during this difficult time. Joe’s caretakers at Liberty Commons went above and beyond the call of duty, facilitating daily family video calls and wellness updates, and keeping Joe comfortable and engaged in his rehab and in vital social interactions. They truly became his family in the absence of his own, and we are forever grateful for their monumental generosity of spirit and energy.

The family will have a Celebration of Life event at a future date, when it is safe to gather together. Please consider a donation to the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in Joe’s name.


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Joseph F. Curran Jr.

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Maura Devin

July 17, 2020

Loving thoughts from the Class of 1959 of Milton High School. Joe was always a friend to us all and a very important member of our class. We enjoyed our 60th reunion in October at The Common Market. Sending love to Claire and his girls. He was sooo proud. Thanks for being a friend Joe.
Maura McCusker Devin

Brian Williams

July 17, 2020

So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Joe was always a pleasure .His kind and gentle manner made everyone comfortable and he always had a story to tell. He always enjoyed meeting new people .May his calm and accepting manner live on with all those he met.
Brian Williams

Jackie Leach

July 14, 2020

My condolences to Claire and all of Joe’s family. He was a kind, wonderful man and always eager to help others. Joe will be very missed by his many friends and I am very grateful to have known him for over thirty years. My prayers are with all of you at this sad time,
Jackie Leach

Melanie Stone

July 14, 2020

Dear Claire and family,
Your Joe was such a special man. I worked with him in rehab at Liberty Commons and he was such a delight. He was always so willing to work and walk with such a positive attitude.
I remember the day that you came to talk to him through the window in the gym and how happy he was. He really Enjoyed the music and the CD box I think it was Sinatra.
He was a joy and loved his family so much.
May God bless you and comfort all your family as you walk through this hard time. Melanie Stone

John Hurley

July 14, 2020

This is such a loss. The world will not be as bright without Joe. I will always remember skiing with Joe. He was the only one in the group who would snowplow from the top of any mountain. Joe doing Tom Lehrer's Vatican Rag at the house the "guys' rented in Falmouth every year is permanently imprinted in my brain. It was nothing less than hilarious.
Claire, I am so sorry for your loss. Judy, Christine, and Leah send their condolences. You and your children are in our thoughts and prayers.

John Hurley

mildred emanuel

July 13, 2020

Joe was such a great friend,wonderful person.I have not seen him and Claire for a few years on Marco Island.It was such a treat to visit them both at any time.
May he rest in Peace.
My love and sympathy to Claire and family.
Millie Emanuel

Celia and Jim McDonough

July 12, 2020

we are very saddened to hear of the loss of Joe. He was such a unique and wonderful guy – such fun, exuberant, and yet always very kind and caring. No one could compare to his humor!

We know how hard this is for you and your daughters. Joe was always so devoted to you, Claire. And you to him!

We are asking the Franciscan Frisrs of Atonement to offer masses on Joe’s behalf and for you and your family as well. You are in our prayers, Claire.
Take care.
With love,
Celia and Jim

Daniel Kostka

July 12, 2020

Joe rode the bike in front of mine in PFP. Each day of class he would always make a point to stop and say hi and ask how I was doing. I will try to do the same going forward because I know how he made me feel each time he asked me. He was such a good person. I really liked Joe. He will be missed greatly!!!

Robert Haff

July 12, 2020

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of Joe's family. It was such a fantastic pleasure to get to know Joe through the Pedaling For Parkinson's Program at the YMCA. He was always so positive, funny and provided us with all kinds of fun facts. I always looked forward to his little "trivia contests" he would come in with. Even though he was uncomfortable at times, he never, never complained. I have such beautiful memories of this wonderful man and a true gentleman.


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