Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Flint Portraits: Cass Curran

Cass Curran, a civil engineer for the city over more than four decades and the founder of the Flint Speedskating Club, has died at 76. My thoughts go out to the Curran family.

Here's the
obituary — with an online guestbook — from The Flint Journal:

Delvin "Cass" - Of Flint, age 76, passed peacefully into God's hands Saturday, May 24, 2008. Funeral services will be Friday, May 30, 11:00 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1227 E. Bristol Rd., Flint with Father Timothy McDonald officiating. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association and Powers Catholic Educational Fund. Visitation will be Wednesday 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 1480 E. Hill Rd., Grand Blanc, MI. A Rosary Service will be prayed 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Cass was born in Detroit, MI, December 27, 1931. He graduated from All Saints and began working as a civil engineer for the City of Flint for 41 years. He attended Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, was a member of the Flint Optimist Club, Dom Polski Lodge, NRA, Flint Parks and Recreation, Treasurer of the Michigan Speedskating Association, Founder and coach of the Flint Speedskating Club. His memory will be cherished by his survivors; loving companion Mary Ellen Isaac, children; Tamara (David) Hiney, Michele (Mike) Kutchey, Cass Michael (Sheila) Curran, Bethany (Daniel) Meek, Timothy Curran, Shawn Smith, Erin (James) May, Chrysa (Patrick) Cronley, Paishann (Joe) Curtis, Eric (Jeanmarie) Curran, and Cavan Curran. 33 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, siblings; Kaye Joseph Curran, Al (Estela) Perry and Mary Irving; Aunt Christine Newcombe; mother of his children, Paige Curran, and many friends. Preceded in death by parents; Rowland and Leona Perry, nephew, Joseph Rowland Curran. Special thanks to Genesys Hospice Staff.


  1. Thanks for posting the obituary. Thought you might appreciate the news. It's just another connection between all of us and our old alma mater. You've surely got a winner with this website. Congratulations...

    Rest in peace, Mr. Curran.

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with the Curran family.

  3. I was coached by Cass back in the early 70's with the Meek boy's and many others. He was a very nice man as I remember. My condolences.
    Scott Walters

  4. I worked on a surveying crew for the City of Flint during the summer in the early 1970s and I got to know Cass. He was such a nice guy. I thought I was the luckiest college student on the face of the earth working with Cass C., Ray D., Bob B., and Bob C. That generation of City of Flint workers knew what hard work was. Cass always had a smile on his face. Sorry for your loss.


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