Eleanor Gavigan Curran passed away at her home with her family at her side on Christmas Eve, December, 24, 2013, she was 89. Born in West Haven on September 30, 1924 she was a daughter of the late Edward & Mary Dickinson Gavigan. Eleanor was also predeceased by her husband of 48 years Vincent Curran Sr. and brothers Edward, Milton & Robert Gavigan. She is survived by her children, Robert Curran of East Haven, Laura Curran of Northampton, MA & Father Vincent Curran Jr. of East Hartford; grandsons Jonathan & Kristopher Magnotti; sisters Mary Santillo of Wallingford & Betty O'Brien of East Haven; brother, Paul Gavigan of East Haven and many nieces & nephews. Eleanor was a bookkeeper, retired from Brescome Barton Co. prior to that she was employed for New Haven Railroad. Eleanor was a proud citizen of New Haven & Hamden areas. Growing up in the City Point area of New Haven she later moved to Knob Hill area of Hamden in the 1953. She became an involved citizen active in local politics and community affairs. She was an active communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church for over fifty years and also assisted the church in numerous administrative capacities. Her son Vincent is a priest with the Archdiocese of Hartford who has recently served at St. Rita's Church in Hamden, Church of the Assumption in Woodbridge and St. Christopher's Parish in East Hartford. She made numerous friends at those churches and will be missed by many within and without the Catholic community. Eleanor was active in the Hamden Democratic Party for over 50 years and recently received an award from the Hamden Democratic Town Committee honoring her half-century of service. She was a grass roots worker who worked with the registrar of voter's office in Hamden to assist voter's enrollment and was a firm advocate of the responsibilities and rewards of local political involvement. Eleanor worked on the mayoral campaigns of all Democratic candidates since the 1960's and was a friend to many in the party. She also assisted on the state and federal levels and was active in those campaigns as well. She attended numerous state and national conventions. She leaves behind many cherished neighbors and friends who enriched her life with warmth and kindness. Her funeral will be from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden at 10:15 AM on Monday, December 30th, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:00 AM in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Hamden. Friends may also visit with her family at the funeral home on Sunday. Dec. 29th from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hamden. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Christopher School, http://saintchristopherschool.org, 570 Brewer St, East Hartford, CT 06118.

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  1. Bobby, Vinny & Laura, I was deeply saddened to learn of your mom’s passing. She was a great lady and loved by so many, myself included. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Dear Bob, Fr. Curran and Laura: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. She was such a nice, kind, and warm person. Thinking of you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Dear Curran Family, We know that words alone cannot ease the pain of your loss, but please know that our thoughts & Prayers are with you on the loss of your Wonderful and Loving Mom. She was affectionately known as .Mom. to so many of us. In love and faith, The Gallo-Garabedian Family, Keith, Marie, Ginamarie & Joseph

  4. Dear Father Curran and family, Please accept my condolences at the loss of your mother. Know that my family and I will join the chorus of prayers for you from all who support you at Saint Christopher School and beyond. May you find yourself wrapped in the cloak of the generous gifts she has given you; may you feel the warmth of your mother’s love surround you today and always.

  5. Dear Father Curran and family, Please accept my condolences at the loss of your mother. Know that my family and I will join the chorus of prayers for you from all who support you at Saint Christopher School and beyond. May you find yourself wrapped in the cloak of the generous gifts she has given you; may you feel the warmth of your mother’s love surround you today and always.

  6. Dear Father Vin, Laura and Bob, I would like to express my condolences on the occasion of the death of your mother, Eleanor. Thank you for giving me the privilige to be with her in her final hours. She loved coming all the way to Bristol with Vin for our parish pasta suppers. I will miss her. I know this is difficult time for you. I will pray for the happy repose of her soul. Also, I pray that God gives you the courage and faith to meet the days ahead. Sincerely yours in Christ, Father Al Fontana, Pastor St. Anthony Church 111 School Street Bristol, CT 06010

  7. Dear Fr. Curran and family, My deepest sympathy to all of you. You were blessed with many wonderful years shared with your Mom. I know her memory, and all the cherished times you shared, will live with all of you forever. She is reunited with Vincent and everyone else who has gone before her, and must be so happy. My love and prayers go out to you as you go into the new year missing her so much.

  8. Dear Laura,Bob and Fr. Vin….What can I say that hasn’t been expressed so eloquently by so many. She was an extraordinary force in so many lives. Those of us who were touched and guided by her selfless examples of community and kindness are surely leading better lives because of her.My first foray into political conscious raising was JFK’s presidential campaign. I was enlisted by your mom to pass out flyers all around Cumpstone Drive,along with the other able bodied kids in the neighborhood. The thousands of rides she gave me up and down Dickerman and Cannon will never be forgotten…nor will the many trips to the cottage and all over hell and back!!! I was priviledged to know her and thank you all for sharing her with me. Love and Peace to you all

  9. Father Curran and Family We were so sorry to hear of your mothers passing but we know that she has gone on to the place of no sorrow or pain; a place where we will all rise again and be with those we have missed. Eleanor would not want people to stand at her grave and weep, for she is not gone, she is the wind, the rain and the sunrise every morning.

  10. Father Vin, Laura and Bob, Your mother will be missed by all who knew her and whose life she touched. My prayers are with you and your family at this time. Eleanor was one one of the most civic minded people I knew in the Town. She always had the needs and concerns of her friends and neighbors at heart. In the years that I was the Democratic Town Chairman in Hamden, Eleanor was very supportive of working to make Hamden a better place to live and work.

  11. Father Vin, Rob and Laura, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your mother, Hamden’s grande lady. She was a mentor and inspiration to me. I loved her like my own mother. I will never forget all that she did for her community. I am out of state and unfortunately won’t be able to return for the services.

  12. Fr. Curran and Family Our deepest sympathy goes out to you all in this time of grief. Your mother is with her Lord and Savior and is finally at peace. Even though her physical presence is no longer with you, her spirit will always be with you as you carry her in your hearts. Peace and Love, Sam & Madeline

  13. Mrs. Curran you will be missed by so many people within the Town of Hamden and even the State of CT. I always admired your dedication. So sorry to hear that you have passed and I extend my heartfelt condolences to your family, especially your wonderful son Father Vincent Curran, who I was blessed to have worked with at the Hamden Town Hall, prior to his vocation. I will be out of town and unable to attend your funeral, but I will stop by Beecher and Bennet on Sunday to pay my respects to your sweet memory. God bless your family, and I know our blessed Lord is blessing you as you enter in HIS presence. Peace and Love, Antoinette Oliveira

  14. Our deepest condolences to all of Eleanor’s family. Jim will always remember her fondly from the time they worked together at Brescome Barton. Jim and Deb Ohlsen

  15. Paul; My deepest sympathies and prayers for the loss of your sister. Thinking of you. Bob Lillis N.H.P.D. Ret. (City Point).

  16. Sending our love and support to you and your siblings during this difficult time. She is at peace. Trust the journey. All will be well. Love from Charleen and Anthony

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