Leonard P. Curcio, Jr.

  • Born: November 8, 1931
  • Died: July 3, 2019
  • Location: Maynard, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family


Loving Husband, Father,Grandfather and Brother

Leonard P. Curcio Jr., age 87, of Maynard, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 surrounded by his family. Leonard was the loving husband of Frances J. (Donaher) Curcio.

Born in Cambridge, MA on November 8, 1931, he was the son of the late Leonard and Claudia (Cardillo) Curcio. Leonard was raised and educated in Cambridge. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served his country. Len attended Western New Mexico University in Silver City, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education. During his college years, Len continued his love of sports by playing both tennis and basketball, and later returned to Silver City in the early 1970s to earn his Master's Degree and he spent the year as an assistant coach on the basketball team.

Leonard and Frances met in Greenville, Maine and later married in 1962. The couple settled in Maynard in 1965 after he was hired by the Maynard Public School System. Mr. Curcio served as the Physical Education Teacher for various schools in Maynard over the years. During his tenure in Maynard, he coached basketball, baseball, football, and cross country, while teaching tennis in the summertime. He had the opportunity to coach his daughter Tina in the early 80s where his teams consistently competed for league and district championships. Coach Curcio retired in 1997 and was later inducted in to Maynard High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his success and influence during his time in town.

In 1994, his life changed forever when he was blessed with the first of his 7 grandchildren who would become the center of his retirement years. He was a constant presence at their sporting events, dance recitals, and theatre productions. The joy his grandchildren brought to his life was evident to all who knew him. He made an impact on everyone he met. He took the time to get to know people, whether it was providing coaching advice or encouragement, giving high fives, or acknowledging a job well done, he always put a smile on someone's face. He enjoyed vacations on Sebec Lake in Maine where he would walk the hills, read books, smoke an occasional cigar, make the crew calamari, and spend time with his family. Len always looked forward to celebrating Christmas Eve where he would host family and friends while preparing a traditional Italian dinner. Len was an avid walker around the town of Maynard where he would inevitably see friends and former students, and always stopped to chat and ask about their life and family. He walked every day, rain or shine, and was famous for walking his age on his birthday where he walked 8.7 miles in November 2018.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Frances J. Curcio of Maynard, MA; his children, Leonard Curcio and partner Elinor Walls of Townsend, MA; Tina Murray and husband Stuart of Littleton, MA; Laura Barbella and husband Peter of Littleton, MA; Stephen Curcio and wife Kathy of Sanford, ME; his grandchildren, Chris and Nick Murray, Emily, P.J. and Lindsey Barbella, and Connor and Alison Curcio. He is also survived by his sister in law Joan Curcio of Santa Cruz, CA, and his siblings Walter Curcio and wife Rosalie of Belmont, MA; Elizabeth Sullivan of Acton, MA; James and wife Jane Curcio of Warwick, RI; Richard Curcio and wife Susan of Chatham, MA; his in-laws Richard and wife Judy Donaher of New Jersey; John Donaher and wife Jacqueline of Topsfield, MA, Robert Thornton and wife Deborah of Hudson, NH;. Leonard was predeceased by his brother Andrew Curcio, sister-in-law Mary Thornton and brother-in-law George Sullivan. Uncle Lenny was also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Leonard on Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord Street, Maynard. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 10:00 am at Saint Bridget Parish One Percival Street, Maynard followed by a celebration of life at the Maynard Elks on 34 Powder Mill Road.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Maynard High School Athletic Hall of Fame P.O. Box 56, Maynard, MA 01754 or the Maynard Booster Club. Address – 3 R Tiger Drive Maynard, MA 01754


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Always liked Len, he was a good human, which says as much about his family as it does about him. Thankyou to his family for improving the lives of all through Len Curcio.

As I move through life, there are some extremely unkind and horrible humans on the planet. Len was not one of them, he was a good memory to me.

Kevin Higgins

Posted by A friend   February 25, 2020

The Curcio Family would like to send a huge thank you to the Fowler Kennedy Funeral Home for it's spectacular job with the wake & funeral of my beloved husband, Len. Also for all the kind words expressed to us in this lovely memory book. It has been very emotional for us to read your memories. You are in our hearts.

Posted by Fran Curcio - Maynard, MA - Spouse   July 25, 2019

I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Curcio. I have and will always speak highly of the best baseball coach I ever had. I truly learned more than just how to play the game from him. Truly a great human being. My sincerest condolences to his family.

Posted by Kevin Duggan - Houston, TX   July 19, 2019

Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family at this difficult time. Lenny was a colleague for a number of years at the high school and a friendly part of the Maynard community with his walking and friendly waves. We hope that Fran and family can take deep warmth and love from their memories and the remembrances of so many who loved him.

Posted by Jacquie and Alan Rodgers - Maynard, MA - Friend   July 17, 2019

Uncle Len - we will miss your 4th of July calamari, your Christmas Eve feasts, the smile that lit up your face when you spoke about Chris, Nick, Em, PJ, Connor, Linds & Ali... but most of all we will miss the quiet love and support you always showed to each of us. Rest peacefully. We love you. Ben, Amanda and Amelia

Posted by Benjami - Sebec Lake, ME   July 15, 2019

Coach Curcio, Teacher, Mentor and Friend.
I have been thinking these past few days about this man and so much comes to mind. First is he was a great man and loved to teach. I was very fortunate to learn a few life lesson from him. He taught me how very important team play was. We all have a piece of a puzzle and each one of us needs to fit to make it work. His love of basketball was evident when on the bent coaching his girls. So many wonderful memories of all of my teammates, parents, and friends rooting us on that amazing year 1981-1982 season, so much fun. Oh when you played for him you gave your very best on that court, if not you heard about it. Another lesson learned always show up and give your very best. I am so very lucky to have learned from a wonderful person. I am so very happy to have seen him not to long ago and say Thank you. I will miss you however we will see each other again. Blessings to the Curcio family you husband, dad, grandfather loved you so very much. I know this because he told me so with his Familiar grin.
Thank you coach for believing in me.
Maureen

Posted by Maureen Clancy - Clinton, MA - Student   July 14, 2019

Dear Fran,Steve,Tina,Chris,
Nick,Connor,Ben and all of your family members,
We were so saddened to hear of Len's passing. He will be with us forever ,standing on the Sebec village bridge ,waiting for his racers to come over the line.
Much love and sympathy from your Sebec race friends,
Kathie and Bob Norcott

Posted by A friend   July 13, 2019

Fran-

So sorry to hear of Mr. C's passing. My thoughts are with you and your family during this time.

Posted by Kara McHugh - Concord, MA   July 11, 2019

A great man who was loved and will be missed by all of us. Rest is Peace friend. I will never forget you and the influence you had on my life.
Bob Young Class of 73

Posted by Bob young - winnisquam, NH - Student   July 10, 2019

Fran, I am so very sorry that you lost. Saying good bye is always so hard but what a wonderfully long life Len lived. I am so grateful that I got to get to know the man that walked past my parents house almost every evening. Please know that you are in my thoughts and may your Lenny rest in peace. My Love to you and your family, Jan Glencross, Livermore, CA

Posted by Janet Glencross - Livermore, CA - Family Friend   July 10, 2019

I will always remember Mr Curcio, he took the time to talk to an awkward bullied kid and made the only basketball that I have ever made go thru the hoop feel like I had won a gold medal. I am sure I am just one of the hundreds who he helped out, I will always be grateful for the encouragement he gave me.

Posted by Just another student    July 10, 2019

Rest In Peace Mr. Curcio. I always remember you from Fowler and seeing you walking up Concord St.

Posted by Johnny Lindquist - Upton, MA - Student   July 09, 2019

Our condolences to Coach Curcio's family. I had the coach as my P. E. Teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School as well as at Emerson Junior High School. He was a great coach and a great man. He always had my respect which he earned every day through his words and actions. He definitely influenced so many of us. Thank you Coach.

Posted by Dean Melanson - Hyannis, MA - Friend   July 09, 2019

Dear Fran and Family,
So sorry to hear of your great loss. Len always took the time to talk to Jim and I on his walks. You are in
my thoughts and prayers. God will give you the strength you the need at this time. With love, Nancy Murphy

Posted by nancy murphy - Stow, MA - Friend   July 09, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Curcio family. I knew Lenny from my first year of teaching in Maynard in 1973. He was always available with guidance and great conversation for as long as I can remember. Please know his advice was always greatly appreciated. So sorry for your loss but know he did a great deal of good for many throughout his career. Susanne Meade, co worker and friend July 9, 2019

Posted by Susanne Meade - Ashland, MA - Coworker   July 09, 2019

Lenny was a great man. We will miss him. Our condolences to his family.

Posted by Ron & Michelle StGelais - Milford, MA - Friend   July 09, 2019

My condolences to the Curcio family. Coach will be remembered fondly by many. Peace be with you.

Posted by Julie Soar - Student   July 09, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of the families loss.may the God and father who binds up the broken-hearted comfort, strengthens and soothed all those who mourn.may God sustain the families and friends during this difficult time.my sincere condolences to the families.Isaiah 61:1,2. GP

Posted by A friend   July 09, 2019

Sending our heartfelt condolences to you Franny and family on the passing of Lenny. He was a great guy and your family has always meant so much to us. God bless Lenny and all of you.

Posted by Richard & Corinne Wheelden - Bangor, ME - Family Friend   July 09, 2019

Always thought Len was going to light his mustache on fire while lightning his cigar. Highly accomplished, but more importantly a good husband, dad, grandpa and man.
Thank you for sharing your beer battered calamari recipe..I only wish I had written it down. It was my pleasure knowing you.
Rest In Peace, you have earned that.

Posted by Mark Trudel - Chelmsford, MA - Family Friend   July 09, 2019

Condolences to the family

Posted by John Freeman - MA - Friend   July 08, 2019

Lost and saddened by the news. We started every New Year's with Lenny for so, so many years.
R.I.P. my friend.
Billy and Gail

Posted by Gail McDonald - Maynard, MA   July 08, 2019

A great friend and mentor. He made one phone call and I was admitted to Western New Mexico University which changed my life. I returned the favor by subbing the year he was on Sabbatical. I enjoyed every minute of our friendship. Everyone that met him would be better from that moment on. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Posted by Joe Mancini - Malabar, FL - Friend   July 08, 2019

Dear Fran & Family,
Sincere & heartfelt sympathy from the Gaudet Families. In celebration of Lenny's life, may fond family & friend memories made through the years help to ease your pain and sorrow.

Posted by Leo & Irene Gaudet - MAYNARD, MA - Friend   July 08, 2019


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