William J. Curran Jr.


April 15, 1914
- October 26, 2009

ORONO AND BANGOR - William J. Curran Jr. passed away peacefully Oct. 26, 2009, surrounded by loved ones in Orono. Bill was born April 15, 1914, the oldest of 11 children. Bill graduated from Milo High School and the University of Maine with a bachelor's degree in math and science. He did some substitute teaching in commercial subjects at Milo High School and he was advised to enroll in the Business Teachers Education program at Husson College. He graduated in 1937. Bill served in the U.S. Army from June 1941 to April 1946. He was attached to a British Regiment at Cheltenham, England, and then in London during the Blitz. His apartment in Russell Square was bombed three times. Bill served as chief warrant officer in intelligence on the headquarters planning board for the European Theater. He was involved in the planning for the Invasion of Normandy. Bill was then sent to Paris and later Germany. After the war, he was teaching in Corinna when, Chief - president of Husson College at that time - approached him to teach at Husson. Bill taught six classes in a row, served on committees and coached the junior varsity sports teams. During his years at Husson, he taught science, math, business and education courses, more than 30 in all. He was adviser to MEX fraternity and to the student council. He was 83 when he taught his last class. Bill enjoyed his career and enjoyed working with students. Along with a few other teachers, Bill started an evening division at Husson. He saw there was a need for the working servicemen at Dow Air Force Base and others to complete their degrees while working to support their families. Bill was 95 when he passed away. He was very much loved by his family and friends. Bill enjoyed cribbage, golf and was always on the lookout for a good game of bridge. Surviving are his daughter, Catherine Smith and her husband, Steve Smith; grandson, William Curran, all of San Francisco; his siblings and their respective families, Hazel Curran Curtin of Austin, Texas, Mary Curran Fullerton of Dunedin, Fla., Betty Curran Ardini of Portsmouth, N.H., Patricia Curran Perkins and her husband, Fred, of Brooksville, Robert Curran and his wife, Sally, of Manchester, Jacqueline and Josephine Curran of Thomaston; many nieces and nephews; and his special friend, Kim Moody. He was predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Alice Curran McDonough and Helen Curran Martell; and one brother, John J. Curran. Relatives and friends are invited to call 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at St. Paul the Apostle, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 768 Ohio St., Bangor. Interment will be at Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery. The family invites relatives and friends for conversation and refreshments after the service at St. Mary's Parish Hall. In celebration of Bill's life and longtime connection to Husson University, donations may be sent to name a seat in the new Gracie Theatre in his honor. Please address contributions to Amanda Kitchen, Director of Annual Giving, Husson University, One College Circle, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.


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