Peter V. Curran

  • Born: May 28, 1927
  • Died: May 25, 2020
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family


Peter V. Curran, of Melrose, died peacefully on May 25, 2020 at the age of 92. Peter was born in Melrose on May 28, 1927 to Joseph V. and Selina (Hall) Curran. He was raised in Melrose and attended St. Mary's Catholic School, from there he went to work at Lawson's Machinery in Melrose and then entered the United States Marine Corps serving in the Pacific and in China. Peter married the late Marilyn (McCann) Curran in 1951 and together they raised their 5 children in Melrose.

Peter found his calling when he joined the International Union of Operating Engineers in 1951. He became a skilled heavy equipment operator with a very good reputation throughout the region. Some of the many projects he worked on will be familiar, Rte. 495, The North Shore Shopping Center, the Plum Island Bridge to name a few. He worked for Drinkwater Excavation for 38 years, retiring in 1988. He then went to work alongside his sons in the tree service business until he was 86 years old, work which he loved.

Peter was always kind, generous and gracious to all. He liked nothing more, when his kids were small, gathering them and the many neighborhood children to throw popsicle parties on the front porch of his house on Crescent Ave. on a hot summer evening. He loved to see kids having fun. Peter was a sports fan and always enjoyed the Boston Sports teams. He enjoyed music and traveling to Washington D.C., Canada, Florida, and Cape Cod. He liked wildlife and enjoyed watching and feeding birds and chipmunks up at "the pit". He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh and really enjoyed the simpler things in life. Most importantly, Peter loved his family above all else. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his loving family. He was a lifelong Catholic and kept a strong quiet belief in God. He would often pray at night to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Peter was the beloved husband of the late Marilyn D. (McCann) Curran. Loving father of Mary Ellen Tripp & her late husband Scott of Windham, ME, Michael G. Curran of Amesbury, Joseph F. Curran & his wife Damie of Merrimac, , Stephen W. Curran of Amesbury and the late Peter C. Curran & his wife Ashley of Boston. Cherished grandfather of Richard, Christine, Sydney, Joseph, John and Damine. Great grandfather of Camryn, Gianna, Chatham, Gabriella and Joseph. Caring brother of Paul Curran of Malden, Al Mundo of Marblehead, Mary Ellen Begonis of Reading and the late Charles Curran, Alice Foye, Bernard Curran, James Curran, William Mundo and Selina Mundo. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis, TN 38105. Due to the current public health crisis, funeral services will be private.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am sorry for Mr. Currans family for his loss. I just found out about Mr. Currans passing so I apologize for my condolences being so late. It was honestly a joy to help take care of Mr. & Mrs. Curran while they were in Wilmington.

Posted by Lori Bowen - Wilmington, MA - Acquaintance   September 07, 2020

I have only good memories of Mr.Curran. He was such a generous warm loving person. His love of children was obvious. I am thankful for the good memories and will always remember his smile. RIP

Posted by Sandra Cunningham - Neighbor   May 31, 2020

Ellen, Mike, Joe, Steve and family. Please accept my sincere condolences. Memories of the days on Crescent Ave. become more valued with each passing day. So many of them include times spent in and around your home. The porch was like the neighborhood meeting place, where I recall participating in many of your dad's impromptu popsicle parties. The generosity and hospitality of your parents will never be forgotten.

Posted by John Batten - Dracut, MA - Family Friend   May 29, 2020

So sorry for the loss of Mr. Curran. He was truly a great man I remember back in the day he would take us kids and our dirt bikes to Lums on Route 1 and let us ride as long as we wanted and he could fix anything that broke on our dirt bikes are would just walk around and wait for us to be done. RIP Mr. Curran you were one of the good ones.

Posted by jim stanton - melrose, MA - Friend   May 29, 2020

Dear Paul, Al, Ellen, Mike, Joe, Steve: I'm so sorry to just hear about Peter's passing and yet, so glad he is not in distress any longer.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers, especially now. I love you all. God bless your Dad and all of you.
Mary Ellen

Posted by Mary Ellen Begonis - Reading, MA - Family   May 29, 2020

To joe and Stephen and family sorry for your loss sincerely Stephen Vaughan

Posted by Stephen Vaughan - Melrose, MA - Friend   May 28, 2020

'Big Pete' - First,my Friend's Dad,later My Friend, A great man with a great laugh.Pete always called me 'John' (my formal name) never Jack. He will b missed.

Posted by Jack Rahilly - North Conway, NH - Friend   May 27, 2020

I'm sorry to hear of Peter's passing. He was a very nice man. I did his and Marilyn's hair at Windsor place. My sincerest sympathies to all who knew and loved him.

Posted by Cindy Field - Wilmington, MA - Acquaintance   May 27, 2020

Ellen, Mike, Joe and Steve-Many great memories of you Dad and Mom, very nice to me when I was young. Peter Lawhorne

Posted by Peter Lawhorne - Melrose - Family Friend   May 26, 2020


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