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RIP Aunt Pat - Patricia Ann Curran

ObitsPeacefully, on July 19th, 2005 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the age of 66. Beloved daughter of Norma Curran. Predeceased by her father William Macgregor Curran and her brother Robert James Curran. We'll miss you Aunt Pat.

Pat will be missed by her sister-in-law Shirley Curran, her aunts and uncles Richard Somerville, Lois Spencer, Arch Curran, Margaret Curran, Iola Curran, nieces and nephews Robert (Bob) Curran, William (Bill) Curran, Kathleen (Kathy) Caron, Cameron Curran, Susan Hampson, Wayne Walker, and Rob Walker, sixteen great-nieces and nephews, friends the Dynna twins and "The Orphans".

Pat began her career with the CAA in 1962 after graduating from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute's Radio and Television arts program. During her 33 year career, Pat was a well respected authority on road safety, winter driving techniques, and vehicle safety. Until 1977, Pat did the traffic reports for many of Metro Toronto's top radio stations and was dubbed "The Voice of the CAA", she then went on to do countless TV and radio interviews.

Pat served on many safety related organizations; she was a Member of the Metro Safety Council, The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals, a Trustee and Chairperson of the Traffic Safety Committee and Secretary and Vice Chairperson of the  Better Roads Coalition. Pat took the lead and actively campaigned for seat belt legislation and promoted the concept of government approved standards for seat belts in automobiles manufactured in North America. She worked closely with Transport Canada to promote the proper use of Child Restraint Systems. Pat implemented a wide variey of safety programs for drivers and pedestrians. In 1984, pat responded to a request from the then Ministry of Correctional Services Minister to "Stop Impaired Probationers" in Toronta and served on the Advisory Councile for "People To Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere" PRIDE.   

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Did you know that Eugene Curran Kelly was born on August 23, 1912 in Pittsburgh, PA, the third of five children. Yes, that Gene Kelly.


 

Ó Corráin, Corran, Curren, Currans, Currane, Curreen, Kirrane, O’ Corrin, O’Currane, O’Corren, Corrin

The Curran name, and its variations, are popular throughout Ireland, most particularly in county Donegal in the northern province of Ulster. The name comes from the Gaelic word “corradh” meaning ‘spear’. One of the most famous Irish Currans was John Philpot Curran, a barrister and a nationalist, whose daughter was engaged to Robert Emmett.


 

From Kenneth: The surname Curran appears to be patronymical in origin, and is believed to be associated with the Irish, meaning,"Grandson of Corran", a diminitive of "Coiradh (spear). Different spellings of the same name original surname are a common occurrence. Dictionaries of surnames indicate probable spelling variations of Curran to be Corran, Currane, Kirrane, Curreen, O'Currin, Curren,and Coiradh. Although bearers of the old and distinguished Curran name comprise a small fraction of the population, there are a number who have established for it a significant place in history.

They include: Simon Curran(O'Currin) (d.1302), Bishop of Kiljenora,Ireland.

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) American painter of "perfume of the Rose", still hanging in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., "The Breezy Day"' in Philadelphia, and "Mountain Laurel."

John Philpot Curran (1750-1817) Irish orator and Judge who was a member of the Irish Parliament in 1783.

John Joseph Curran (1859-1936) ordained a priest in 1887, he spent the rest of his life as Curate and Pastor in the coal-mining area of Pennsylvania. He became famous for his support of miners and thier unions.

Amelia Curran(d.1847) She practiced painting only as an amateur, and her portrait of Percy Bysshe Shelly was exhibited in the National Portrait Exhibition in 1868.

Pearl Gildessleeve Curran (1875-1941) American composer who published about forty songs, many of them to her own texts. Her most successful works include," Dawn". "Life", "Rain", "Nursery Rhymes", and "Nocturne."
 

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