John Anthony  Curtin
FRANKLIN - John "Sean" Anthony Curtin was born in London, England, on May 1, 1939. He spent only nine months of his life there before leaving to spend his childhood at his family's farmstead in Garravane, Co Limerick, Ireland.
He was raised with five brothers and sisters.
He attended the local national school in Milleen until he was 15. He was able to walk to school through the green fields surrounded by hills and small streams. As was always the custom before school, he had to do farm chores daily until he immigrated to the U.S. when he was 18.
Daily life in Garravane was enriched by neighbors visiting each other, dancing at the local dance hall, market days in Abbeyfeale, visits from returning relatives from England and the USA, all enhanced by endless conversations and reminiscing.
Sean could quote conversations held years after they took place and list family relations from generations back. His brother, Moss "Maurice" could do the same.
He attended the local church in Mountcollins for Sunday Mass, which was a very important event in his life. Even when the fresh milk had to be delivered to the local creamery on a Sunday, attending Mass was expected.
When Sean immigrated to the U.S. in 1957, he had numerous relatives in the New York area.
He started working then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served from 1960 to 1964. Fortunately, he served in a peaceful time.
After returning to New York City, he joined the New York Transit Police. He worked for 15 years before he had a severe accident in the subway and took early retirement. Before that, he obtained his college degree through the GI bill.
He spent many hours in the New York Public Library reading about Irish and American history and was very knowledgeable.
He met his wife, Pamela, through the Gaelic League of Ireland's local chapter, the Bronx Gaelic League. The league met at a local Presbyterian church in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx. Sean taught the Irish language and history at the meetings.
Sean and Pamela were married in Sidney, at the United Methodist Church in October of 1995. Father Gordon Polenz, from Sacred Heart Church, administered the wedding vows. Sean lived in Franklin during his married life.
He was active in the local American Legion Post, Ouleout Valley Post #1689. He was commander of the post from 2012 to 2018.
He also served as a chaplain of the American Legion for Delaware County. Surviving him are his brother Maurice Curtin and sister Doreen Curtin, of Garravane; brother Aeneas Curtin and wife, Patricia, of Glanmire, Ireland and niece, Deborah and husband, Ian Heaslip, and son, Samuel; nephew John and wife, Rosanne, of Cork City; nephew Patrick of Cork City; sister Sister Nora Mary of the Sisters of Charity, Sacramento, California; brother Daniel Curtin and wife, Bernie; niece Deidre Curtin; nephew Donal Curtin, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick; and numerous cousins who live in the U.S.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, held at Sacred Heart Church, Sidney. Internment will follow in the Ouleout Valley Cemetery in Franklin. All friends of the family of the deceased are welcome to attend the Mass and burial.
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Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Published on October 18, 2019


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Donald Simonds
Oct 19, 2019
So sorry for the lose John was a great person to talk with rip my friend
AnnMarie Hill
Oct 19, 2019
Pam and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. May God bless and keep you closer during this time of need. Love to you, Pam.