Tuesday 17 September 2019

'The world needs more people like John Curran' - sons pay emotional tribute to murdered charity worker

A memorial service in memory of John Curran takes place in Trinity College. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM
A memorial service in memory of John Curran takes place in Trinity College. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Ryan Nugent

Ryan Nugent

SONS of a charity worker who was tragically killed in South Africa have paid heartfelt tributes to their dad, saying “the world needs more like John Curran”.

In a memorial service for Mr Curran (60) who was stabbed to death in Cape Town earlier this month, hundreds filled the public theatre at Trinity College to celebrate his life.

Mr Curran was remembered as a visionary teacher who was way ahead of his time - one that was a leader rather than a boss.

He was described as a loving father and grandfather who would do anything for his kids.

John Curran. Photo: Irish Primary Principals' Network/PA Wire
John Curran. Photo: Irish Primary Principals' Network/PA Wire

The 60-year-old retired principal was found with multiple stab wounds at his apartment in Buitengracht Street, Cape Town.

In the first eulogy of the service, Mr Curran’s son, Darragh told how his dad was the type of father to encourage and teach his children to use their head and to think.

He spoke of the youthfullness of his father.

“It’s not even that long ago that on a night out he was mistaken for my brother,” Darragh said.

His brother Donal remembered how he and his siblings would always have a list of things for their dad to do around their houses, something which he loved doing.

He said moments with his family - no matter how boring or exciting - were like cash in the bank to his father.

Mr Curran’s love of coffee was also highlighted by many speaking at the fitting service.

Tributes came in from people from across all organisations Mr Curran was involved in throughout his life.

The Cantando Choir - who John had sang with for many years - performed a number of fitting songs in his memory.

Earlier in the service, a video was also played from Mellon Educate in Cape Town with some of the pupils speaking of how Mr Curran had inspired him during his two years in South Africa.

Representatives from the Irish Primary Principals Network and Mellon Educate were amongst the many to pay a personal tribute.

The Cantando Choir concluded with the Beatles classic ‘All You Need is Love’, before a slideshow of photographs were shown on a screen in the room.

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