Matthew R. Curran, 52, Toronto, Canada


Matthew Roland Curran, 52, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at his home in Toronto, Canada.

Matt was a lifelong resident of Tiverton.  He graduated from Tiverton High School in 1980 and then went on to Boston University where he graduated with a degree in journalism.

For the past 30 years, Matt has worked as a tour director with Tauck Tours. While with Tauck, he guided thousands of travelers to locations around the globe.  Matt logged hundreds of thousands of miles by bus, plane, ship and camel through destinations including Canada, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Antarctica, Palestine, Brazil, Turkey and Argentina.

Matt’s love of adventure also took him to France, Russia, Transylvania (Romania), Morocco, Norway, Greece, Italy, Venezuela and other places too numerous to note.

Matt lived by and promoted the motto “Life Is Good!”  His larger than life smile and personality illuminated every space that he entered.

To all those he met, Matt was an Ambassador of Peace and Love. He treated all with kindness, generosity and respect.  Matt embraced life with open arms, mind and soul.

His family believes that Matt is now traveling throughout the heavens setting up a new tour, anxiously awaiting all of our arrivals to escort us on our next adventure.

Besides his lifelong partner Kamran, Matt is survived by his mother Patricia Curran, sisters Kathryn Curran, Susan (Curran) Raposa, husband James and his treasured nephews Ryan, Sean and Morgan.  Matthew was also the son of the late Henry E. Curran.

Friends of Matt are invited to join in a celebration of Matt’s life and great spirit at the family home on Saturday, Aug. 16, after 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders (online or by post: P.O.Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030, Amnesty International (online), or a charity of your own choice.


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