SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

September 3, 2013

Francis L. "Frank" Curtin, 74


Salem, MA — Francis L. “Frank” “Pa” Curtin, 74, husband of Wendellyn “Wendy” (Wells) Curtin of Salem, died on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at Grosvenor Park Nursing Home in Salem, surrounded by family.

Born in Salem, he was the son of the late Francis L. and Helen (Ayers) Curtin. He attended both the Phillips School and St. Mary’s School in Salem, graduated from St. John’s Prep and attended Merrimack College.

As a young man, his first job was with the former Joy Town Amusement Park in Topsfield, where he met his wife of 50 years, a neighbor and frequent visitor to the attractions. A 10-year stint at Vincent Potato Chips was followed by 25 years of employment at Maynard Plastics. Frank spent the final 10 years of his career working for the City of Salem. In his spare time, he enjoyed walking, golfing, fishing, and laughing with friends and family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Francis L. Curtin and his wife, Nancy, of Salem, Lisa A. McGrath and her husband, Kevin, of Georgetown, Christopher M. Curtin of Salem, and Brian W. Curtin and his wife, Jennifer, of Hampstead, N.H.; a brother, Patrick H. Curtin, D.D.S, and his wife, Helen, of Salem; a sister, Helen Harris of Seattle, Wash.; nine grandchildren, Sean, Fred, Marisa, Joe, Rachel, Caeley, Michael, Brian, and Jack; and many nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: A Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, September 7, at 11 a.m., in the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St., Salem. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be private. Visiting hours will be on Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, prior to services, from 10 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For the guest book, or additional information, please visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com, or call 978-744-0497.