AUGUSTA – Robert “Bob” Irving Curran, of Augusta, died on Feb. 18, 2020 at his house surrounded by household and associates, his “granddogs” Behr and Religion, and “grandcat” Jasper. Following a brief battle with coronary heart illness and a sequence of strokes, he’s now at house with God and reunited along with his spouse, Sara “Sally” (Corridor) Curran, who predeceased him in 2012.
Bob was born Dec. 13, 1934 in Milo, ninth of 11 kids of William Jeffrey and Nellie (Thompson) Curran. He graduated from Milo Excessive College after which went on to earn a bachelor’s diploma in training, majoring in math and science, from the College of Maine at Orono. He later earned a grasp’s diploma at school administration and legislation.
His profession was large and diverse, together with caddying at a golf course, working at an area storage, raking blueberries, retailing, advertising electrical wheelchairs, proudly owning/working a ski slope, served within the Military Nationwide Guard as a coach in area artillery for 13 years, however he spent nearly all of his skilled years in training about which he was most passionate.
He taught faculty at Deer Isle: Stonington, went on to grow to be a educating principal at Walker Excessive College, Liberty, educating six courses, administering a Ok-12 program, supervising two, one-room, faculties. It was right here that he met his future spouse.
He later turned principal at Rockport Excessive College, serving variously as each assistant principal and principal at Camden-Rockport Excessive College after the merger. He went on from there to work within the Camden-Rockport superintendent’s workplace within the function of Change Agent within the rising SAD motion and applied Grownup and Group Schooling for the Midcoast space. Along with the state, he was instrumental in instituting medical insurance advantages for academics.
He subsequent moved to the Maine Division of Schooling in Augusta, creating the statewide Grownup and Group Schooling Program. In 1989, he obtained the Gerald Levasseur Award which is given to a person (citizen of Maine) who has carried out uncommon and excellent work within the area of Grownup and Group Schooling. Throughout this time, he additionally served as advisor to the Canadian Nationwide Group Schooling Conference and carried out coaching applications in Nova Scotia. Moreover, Bob labored with Maine Companions of America, serving as its secretary and aiding within the improvement of academic initiatives in Rio Grande do Norte together with web site improvement, faculty development, implementation of curriculum and upgrading textbooks. He served as board chair of Wilordon Academy, Winthrop, and, after retirement, was an govt board member of the Monmouth Space Credit score Union and substitute instructor in a number of faculty districts.
All through his life, he was energetic in United Methodist Church buildings, bringing monetary and constructing experience. He additionally loved organizing church journeys to the Sight and Sound Theaters in Pennsylvania. His church households included Rockport, Winthrop, Waldoboro, Randolph, Wayne, Augusta, and, at his demise, he was a member of the Aldersgate UMC of Rockland, the place he served as auditor and had just lately been elected chair of finance.
His neighborhood actions included volunteer work on the State Museum, Norlands, the City of Manchester, Wiscasset Slim Gauge Railway, advocacy for the non secular, emotional and bodily wants of El Buen Pastor, a church outdoors of Managua, Nicaragua, and steady involvement in native historic societies.
He excelled with numbers, calculating mileage, understanding all of the again roads, telling tales, laughter, working collaboratively on initiatives, imparting knowledge and by no means uninterested in being a instructor.
Bob loved golfing, sensible jokes, studying, touring, listening to music, watching tv, taking naps, working outside on a wide range of initiatives and spending time with household and associates. He significantly loved watching his great-grandchildren, with whom he lived, be taught and develop. Rising up in a big, tight-knit household, he cherished relationships with siblings and their kids to the tip of his life.
He’s predeceased by his siblings, William J. Curran Jr., Alice McDonough, Helen Martell, Hazel Curtin, Mary Fullerton and John Curran.
He’s survived by his daughter, Jennifer Curran of Augusta; granddaughter, Katrina Brown of Augusta; great-grandchildren, Tyson and Natalia Brown of Augusta; sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Ardini of Portsmouth, N.H., Patricia Perkins of Waterville, twin sisters, Josephine and Jacqueline Curran of Thomaston, sister-in-law, Pat Curran of Westfield, Mass.; and a large number of nieces and nephews with love and affection for every; in addition to particular associates, Lynn and Don Sweeney of Manchester.
Household and associates want to categorical their honest gratitude to Interim House Care and Maine Normal House Care and Hospice for his or her real concern and wonderful care, for each Bob and caregivers, alongside this tough journey. Thanks are additionally prolonged to Bryanna Emery, Bob Emery and Sharon Jameson for his or her loving presence and care.
Visiting hours will probably be on the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 15 Wesley Lane, Rockland, on Friday, March 6, from four to 7 p.m. A celebration of life will probably be held at Inexperienced Avenue United Methodist Church, 13 Inexperienced Avenue, Augusta, on Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Kristin White, Rev. Linda Campbell-Marshall and Pastor Jennifer Curran co-officiating.
Instantly after the service, the household invitations you to a reception downstairs within the fellowship corridor. A graveside committal will happen within the spring.
On account of household allergic reactions, the household requests no flowers.
Preparations are within the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral House, One Church Avenue, Augusta. Recollections and condolences could also be shared with the household on the obituary web page of the funeral house web site at www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com
In lieu of flowers, donations could also be made to
WWFF Railway Museum
P.O. Field 242
Alna, ME 04535
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
15 Wesley Lane
Rockland, ME 04841