Richard “Dick” William Curran, 71, of Longmeadow, MA, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday December 22, 2021, with his loving family at his side after a 16-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Born in Reading, MA, to William J. and Eleanor (Kyle) Curran on June 2, 1950, Dick was the middle of nine children. He will be forever missed by the love of his life, Rozie Reed Curran, their devoted daughters and their husbands Damaris and John-David Herlihy of Charlotte, VT, Michaela and Harrison Grubbs of Charlotte, VT, and Cameron and Brendan Burke of Longmeadow; his beloved grandchildren Chapin, Reed, Wells, Hayward, Sinclair, Cecelia, and Bryn; his siblings Paul, Lois, Kathy, Patty, Peggy, Anne, and Mary; his large extended family; and his many very close friends. He is predeceased by his parents and his brother Dennis Curran.
When Dick was in ninth grade, his family moved to Longmeadow where he met Rozie at a town dance; they wed on December 5, 1970. After Dick’s short stint as an artist and fisherman in Castine, ME, they settled back in Longmeadow where they built their home and raised three daughters. Dick went into business with his father where he was a co-owner and operator of eleven Midas Muffler shops for over 25 years; he often spoke of how blessed he felt to have worked so closely with his father. Dick switched career paths at age 50 to pursue his artistic passion—residential home design. Naturally very artistic in a wide variety of mediums, Dick truly loved everything about designing residential spaces. He found great success in this endeavor and his designs were sought after throughout New England.
Dick’s greatest legacy is found in each person he met. There is no one more kind than he was. In his uniquely understated and gentle way, he was genuinely cheery and happy every day of his life. He embodied optimism, hope, and love. He was the husband, father, and friend everyone hopes to have. Extremely generous with his time, he had a gift for helping people and giving them his undivided attention. He had a subtle but wonderfully funny and witty sense of humor with excellent delivery. As a boy, he was a bit mischievous but always had a kind heart. As a father, he encouraged his daughters to always follow their dreams no matter what they were. His immediate response to any problem that came his way was, “I can fix it.” Running with his best friends was a favorite activity and fueled him every morning, often running local races and a few marathons. When he wasn’t working on his house or his favorite Volvo of the moment, he loved hiking, skiing, and playing paddle tennis with his family and friends. Positive energy came so naturally to him and overflowed to those around him. We are all better for having him in our lives.
Rozie and Dick were soul mates and utterly devoted to each other; their love for each other after 51 years of marriage never wavered. Their three daughters were Dick’s greatest source of pride and love. His seven grandchildren were a constant source of wonderment and amusement to him; they all loved and adored “Buddy” and so much of his spirit lives on in each of them. His close circle of friends, including his running buddies of over 35 years “The Sharks,” were one of his greatest blessings. He found a way to always be present with his family and friends, and he truly never missed an opportunity to tell them how much they meant to him. His spirituality was strong and a huge source of comfort to him. He finished his race here on earth, but the legacy he left behind will run on forever.
Dick’s funeral Mass will be Saturday January 22, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Church, 519 Longmeadow Street in Longmeadow, MA. All fully vaccinated family and friends are invited to attend; please wear masks. Due to COVID, there will be no calling hours. Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Assistance Fund (tafcares.org; 4700 Millenia Blvd., Suite 410 Orlando, FL 32839). To leave an online expression of sympathy for the family, please visit www.brunellefuneralhome.com.
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