Joseph F. Curran Sr.

March 24, 1930May 5, 2013
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Joseph F. Curran, Sr., 83, lifelong resident of Norwood, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2013.

Joe was an advertising executive at the Boston Herald for 38 years, retiring in 1992. He was a longtime Selectman and former School Committee member for the Town of Norwood. He was on the Board of Directors of Norwood Bank, a member of the Norwood High School Hall of Fame and SKAL Travel Club.

Joe had a passion for all Norwood Sports and thoroughly enjoyed his annual trips to Maui, Hawaii.

Beloved husband of Elizabeth Ann (McGuff) Curran; loving father of Patti Lou Malacaria and her husband Andrew of Walpole, Joseph F. Curran, Jr. of Westwood and Maribeth Cunningham and her husband Russell of Norwood, and the late Christopher P. Curran; loving father-in-law of Karen Curran of Norwood; cherished grandfather of Maura, Sean, Lizzie, Christopher, Michael, Matthew, Kevin, Kathleen and the late Andrew; proud great-grandfather of Brayden and Chloe; devoted brother of E. Joanne McCready and Jack Cotter; son of the late Stephen J. Curran and Agnes (Linnehan) Cotter. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 10th at 9:00am from the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street (Rte. 1A), Norwood, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 547 Washington Street, Norwood. Interment will follow the Mass in Highland Cemetery, Norwood. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Thursday, May 9th from 3:00-8:00pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Joseph F. Curran, Sr. may be made to One Fund Boston, Inc., 800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 or


  • Visitation Thursday, May 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 10, 2013
  • Interment Friday, May 10, 2013

Joseph F. Curran Sr.

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charles tomasello

May 31, 2014

He will be sorely missed but not forgotten...A good man all around

Ted Curtis

June 27, 2013

The Smile - Never to be Forgotten

Dave and Ceil Corley

May 22, 2013

If you believe in angels, heaven's stars are shining a little brighter with Joe there.
It is so sad knowing we won't hear him sing a little song or have us laughing with that incredible Irish wit. We love Joe and Betty. Over the years, by chance of meeting, our little group in Kaanapali has come together to share and celebrate life. We will miss Joe terribly, but we will continue to celebrate knowing him.
God bless you.

Steve Willett

May 14, 2013

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

May 13, 2013

As you turn to God through your tears and sorrow, bear in mind, “He is the healer of the brokenhearted ones”. (Ps.147:3)

C Johnson

charlie saraca

May 11, 2013

Dear Curran family,
Joe showed us all by example how a man should live his life.
Grace in the face of adversity
Style- his everpresent smile
Generosity to one and all
Courage to defend his positions
Loyalty to friends and family
I will never forget Joe especially for his kindness to my family upon the death of my father.
Kibby is opening the cooler now to welcome his Dad. God Bless Joe Curran.

barbara lyons

May 11, 2013

rest in peace,joe....charlie & i will miss you. you were one of a kind.

barbara lyons

May 11, 2013

joe, i will miss you at 5:30 mass at st catherine's & the occ. norwood won't be the same with out you. may you rest in eternal peace.

Tom Barry

May 10, 2013

My Condolences to you Betty and all of the Curran Family. Joe and I go back to 1978 when he was Chairman of the Board who hired me as Norwood's Fire Chief
. He was a good friend for 35 years. The Town of Norwood was always known for it's outstanding citizens. Joe was top of the list.
Tom Barry Chief NFD (ret.)

May 10, 2013

Dear, Betty Ann, et. al.,
From the very first time I met him, I knew Joe was someone special. Someone to be paid attention to. Be it for being the only cymbal player, in the Father Mac Corps, who, while marching in the St. Patricks Day parade, had a clash of cymbals so loud, the sound could break windows, all along 5th Ave. Those of us marching ahead of Joe were forewarned to wear earplugs. One time, Dave Burke forgot his and couldn't hear for three days afterward.
Or, perhaps his uniqueness could be found in the eloquence of common sense advice, designed and delivered to improve the lifestyle of the people. Common sense delivered while serving on the many boards, in the town of Norwood, the town he loved so deeply.
I offer this brief example of levity because it was so much a part of his life. I never met anyone who loved to laugh as much as Joe. Whenever Joe was sharing a comedic moment, he lifted the hearts and spirits of all those around him. The look on his face, when he burst into laughter, could cause even a deaf person to cover their ears.
Though the loss to the town of Norwood is immeasurable, imagine the boundless joy, joy expressed when Joe and Chris met again.

He was a dear friend. I will miss him for as long as I can.
Paul Seery