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“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...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Lori Bowen - Wilmington, MA

“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...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Sandra Cunningham - Neighbor

“Ellen, Mike, Joe, Steve and family. Please accept my sincere condolences. Memories of the days on Crescent Ave. become more valued with each passing...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: John Batten - Dracut, MA

“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...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: jim stanton - melrose, MA

“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...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Ellen Begonis - Reading, MA

“To joe and Stephen and family sorry for your loss sincerely Stephen Vaughan ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Stephen Vaughan - Melrose, MA

“'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...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Jack Rahilly - North Conway, NH

“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...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Cindy Field - Wilmington, MA

“Ellen, Mike, Joe and Steve-Many great memories of you Dad and Mom, very nice to me when I was young. Peter Lawhorne ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Peter Lawhorne - Melrose


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 ... READ MORE →