Salem – Carol Emma (Ring) Curtin of Salem, 84, died after a short illness on June 5, 2022. She was the beloved wife of Edward Curtin, with whom she shared 61 years marriage before his death in January.
Born in Salem, she was the daughter of Edward L. “Joe” Ring and Katherine “Kay” (Currier) Ring and the sister of the late Clara “Claire” (Ring) Donahue. She was a graduate of Salem High School (class of 1956) and attended Burdett Business College. After raising her family, she continued her education while working full time and graduated magna cum laude in business from Salem State College in 1996.
Prior to raising her family, she worked as an executive secretary at United States Machine Corporation (“The Shoe”) in Beverly. She would later work for over 20 years at the Cabot Market Letter in Salem, where she coordinated the design and was instrumental in converting the newsletter to the web. She has also worked as a mediator and advocate for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.
Carol was a talented artist who loved oil painting. She loved to read, listen to all kinds of music, go to the theater and travel, especially her annual trip with Ed to Florida. She was a gourmet chef and particularly enjoyed preparing meals and hosting parties for her family and friends.
She was devoted to her family and her top priority was always her “tits”: her four children and their spouses – Robert (Sharon Cameron) of Peabody; Sharon (Robert Keane) of Bedford; William (Elizabeth Young) and Rachel (Alan McAlpine), all of Beverly, and her ten grandchildren, whom she adored and made everyone feel special: Hayley and Theodore Curtin; Miranda, Aisling and Rose Keane; Sean and Julia Curtin; and Clayton, Cecilia and Bradley McAlpine.
The highlight of her later years was the annual week spent with the whole family at Long Beach in Gloucester, which she organized from the ground up, from reservations made a year in advance, to meals, to happy hour 4:00 p.m., until after-dinner card games and bedtime stories.
Carol was also devoted to her many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, her nephews and nieces and their children. She was known to everyone as a kind and sensitive person, and was a living embodiment of acceptance.
Over the years, from her early days at school to her recent stints at the Danvers Polish Club, she has amassed a host of cherished friends, including lifelong friends William and Adele McKinnon of Danvers.
A joint celebration of life for Edward and Carol Curtin will be held Monday, June 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem MA. All are invited to attend.
Donations in his name may be made to Plummer Youth Promise, 37 Winter Island Road, Salem, MA 01970. For more information or an online guestbook, please visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com or call 978-744 -0497.