Sandra P. Curtin

April 11th, 2020

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Sandra P. Curtin, 77, of 293 Salem Street, Wilmington, MA, who died the morning of Thursday, April 9, 2020 at Winchester Hospital from the Covid-19 virus.

Sandra is survived by her loving husband, Paul J. Curtin, who were married on April 14, 1968. Paul and Sandra would have celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary together this Tuesday – the day Sandra will be laid to rest. She is also survived by her older daughter, Suzanne Hall, husband Kevin, and granddaughters Olivia and Kassandra Hall of Wilmington, MA and her younger daughter, Alison Howlett, husband Brett and granddaughter Quinn Howlett, step-grandson Louis Howlett, of Brooklyn, NY and in-laws Margie & Marc Howlett of Melbourne, Australia. Sandra leaves behind close family members, including her cousin, Carolyn Thorne, of Winchester, MA who was like a sister to Sandra, and her husband David Thorne. She leaves her sister-in-law, Theresa Jellison of Salem, MA and brother-in-law Gene and wife Susan Curtin of Salisbury, MA and cousin Paula and husband Kevin O’Donnell of Winchester, MA and cousin Rona DePietro of Stoneham, MA.

Sandra was extremely active in town, a compassionate teacher and a loyal supporter of lifelong friends and neighbors from Wilmington where she and Paul have lived in the same house since 1969. Sandra had wonderful relationships with both her daughters’ friends – especially, Thierry & Liz Beckers and the “5-Pack” – Stacey, Jackie, Karen & Betsy – and friends from Ocean Park, ME where the Curtin’s owned a summer house they called “the cottage” for 35 years.

Sandra Phyllis Staffier was born on November 22, 1942 to Samuel and Annette (Scopa) Staffier, Italian Americans who settled at 19 Upton Terrace, Medford, MA for most of their lives. Sandra grew up an only child and Sam and Ann’s pride and joy. She attended Marycliff Academy in Medford, Class of 1960 and then attended Boston College graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Education in 1964. Sandra was a lifelong educator and community activist. She cherished her time as the school librarian at the Wildwood Elementary School in Wilmington. In her 50s, Sandra went back to school to get her master’s degree in Computer Science Education at Lesley University. Following her degree, she taught at St. Augustine’s School in Andover, MA where she had a strong bond with the students and teachers and following that role, worked at Andover School of Montessori.

Sandra had a passion for volunteering and spent many years as a dedicated Board Member at WCTV – Wilmington’s local cable station – where she produced and directed many shows, programs and events, most notably the annual “Visit with Santa” which continues to this day, with the “support” of her husband who was the one in the red suit (wink, wink). Sandra eventually earned the role of Executive Director at WCTV and worked there for many years, further committing herself to the people of Wilmington. During that time, she and Paul met Chris, Timmy and Eric – who became close friends of the Curtin family. Sandra and Paul were honored in 2003 by receiving the Wilmington “Good Guys” Award for their community service to the town, an honor they both cherished dearly. Sandra has always been an avid reader who enjoyed many years with her Book Club friends, including her dear friend, Joanne Poulin, husband Richard Poulin.

As a family, the Curtin’s took many trips to the homeland of Sandra’s mother-in-law, Mary O’Neill Curtin, in Ireland, as well as traveling throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Italy while the girls were young. During one special trip to Rome, they stayed in the Vatican City, by the kindness of Father Rafferty and Father Daley of St. Thomas Church. They have a very special group of friends, affectionately the “Wilmington Gang” including Catherine & Dick Dickinson, Tom & Carole Pazyra, Bob & Marylou Ducey, Peggy & Jack Smith, Frank & Barbara DeVita, Frank Scalesse and Barbara Skentzos. She has dear Boston College friends including Jeff Cates, wife Myra Cates, Elinor Downey, husband Paul Downey as well as close friends Joanne Hurley, husband John Hurley.

Sandra faced her life challenges head on, including health issues over the last several years due to Parkinson’s disease and getting through brain surgery three years ago for NPH. Through it all, she always kept her bright smile, infectious laugh, gift of gab and positive spirit. She was dedicated to her family, friends and the community and even until her final moments, she remained kind-hearted and optimistic. Sandra’s legacy will shine brightly in our hearts forever especially through all the colorful and entertaining stories from her happy life.

May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, you can make a memorial donation in Sandra’s name to the Wilmington High School Scholarship Fund at 159 Church Street Wilmington MA 01887.

In respect of the current health crisis and safety of our community, the family will be holding a private burial service on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Once it is safe again to hold gatherings, the family will announce Sandra’s “Celebration of Life” details via Facebook or you can refer to Nichols Funeral Home website at for updated information


36 Entries in Guest Book for “Sandra P. Curtin”

  1. Wanda says:

    I am so sorry for your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you always

  2. Peggy French says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Terri Jellison says:

    Forever in my heart

  4. Frank West says:

    To Paul and the Curtin family- Karen and I are saddened on the passing of Sandra. She (and Paul) showed true town spirit in their volunteerism within our town. Wilmington was blessed to have her and know that much of her work continues on today. God bless Sandra and the extended Curtin family at this time and always.

  5. Janice Winnett says:

    Sending my deepest condolences to all of you… I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult this is for you. So many fond memories…but I will forever think of Sandra as Wilmington’s official Mrs. Clause… lots of love and prayers to all of you

  6. Victoria Pattison Denault says:

    My heart is with you all. I’m so sorry for your loss. Sandra was a wonderful person and I’ll cherish my memories of her.

  7. Kayla says:

    Sandra will be deeply missed, sending prayers to the Curtain family.

  8. Beverly OConnell says:

    So very sorry to hear of your terrible loss. Very sad. She was a wonderful person. She certainly left her mark on our town and made many contributions. I remember time spent with her when our daughters were children. She will be missed.

  9. Harold Neiterman says:

    My sympathies are extended.No words
    to express.

  10. Mary Marshall says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to all of you

  11. Thierry Beckers says:

    I refer to Paul and Sandra as my “adopted” parents. They welcomed me with open arms when I moved to the US from Europe and were my local parents while away from home. We have so many wonderful memories to reflect on. Sandra was always happy and cheerful and loved the Wilmington community. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

  12. Mark and Kerri Staffier says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers to the entire Curtin family. Mrs. Curtin was a genuine, kind and caring person. We hope your wonderful family memories will bring you some comfort during this time. -Mark and Kerri Staffier

  13. Judson Miller says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time of great loss.

    Sandra was a WONDERFUL person and will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known her.

    May she REST IN PEACE.

  14. Rosa Jalloh says:

    I was shocked when I heard from Susan that Sandra pass away my heart goes to Paul and the family very nice people from the time that I met her I will miss you greatly but you are in a better place it’s just too sad you went this way with COVID-19 after all that you went through but prayers for the family Rest In Peace

  15. Toto Family says:

    To Paul and family. UI was deeply saddened about the news of Sandra’s passing. She always had a smile on her face when she came into salon essence to get her hair done. She had an infectious laugh. May she Rest In Eternal Peace and sing with the Angels.

  16. Paul Lipinski says:

    May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace. My most sincere condolences.

  17. Joanne & John Hurley says:

    My very dear friend! Will miss our long talks, your positive remarks! Who will kick me in the butt now when I get crazy?! Miss you so already. Thank God for the memories! Aren’t you happy John introduced you to Paul! I feel you close by and I’m so glad I got to talk to you one last time!
    Love you!

  18. Sally Radomski says:

    Stan and I send our deepest sympathies and prayers to the Curtin family. Sandra was a dedicated woman to the Wilmington Community.

  19. Cheryl Soderquist says:

    I was very sad to hear of Sandra’s passing. I have many wonderful memories of our time doing programs at WCTV. My condolences to the Curtin family from Chet and I. She leaves a living legacy in her volunteerism and caring. I hope all your happy memories help to heal the sadness of her loss. Cheryl and Chet Soderquist

  20. Joe and Phyllis Vieira says:

    Our deepest condolences for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to Suzanne and your family, also to your Dad. May God bless you all and help you through this.
    Joe and Phyllis

  21. Joan Tuxbury says:

    My deepest condolences to the Curtin family.

  22. The Elia Family says:

    Paul, Suzanne and family,
    Our deepest condolences on the passing of Sandra. Her smile and upbeat attitude will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.

  23. Ellen and Harvey Pearlstein says:

    Paul , Suzanne Allison
    We are so very sorry about the passing of Sandra.
    Your in our hearts and prayers. God Bless You All.

  24. Krista Pagliarulo says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing! May she Rest In Peace. I hope you find some comfort in the memories you have.

  25. Nancy Burns says:

    “Such a lovely lady” was the way my son Michael described Sandra whenever her name was mentioned. She will be missed by all who knew her. Paul, Suzanne, and Alison, please know the Burns family is thinking of you.

  26. Jeff and Myra Cates says:

    There was an essence to Sandra that was magnetic -that you wished you could infuse into your own being. How else to explain a friendship that continued 60 years across the country. We’ll treasure Sandra always.

  27. JoAnn Phillips says:

    Please accept my most sincere sympathy. Sandra was a remarkable woman..talented, kind, supportive and brimming with positivity. I remember her well from many years ago. My thoughts go to her loving family, especially Suzanne and Allison, whom I remember fondly from their years in Middle School. Your Mom was a wonderful lady.

  28. Patty & Frank Staffier says:

    Paul, Suzanne & Alison, we are so sorry to hear about Sandra’s passing. We hope God will comfort you through this very sad time. Our thoughts are with you, and our prayers to help comfort you.

  29. Magie Driscoll says:

    Sincerest condolences to you, Paul, Suzanne and Alison, and to all your family on the loss of such a special person. Sandra is singing with the angels. Love, Magie

  30. BRIAN OROURKE says:

    Deepest sympathies for the Curtin family. Thought and prayers for all of you.

  31. Harold GOLDSTEIN says:

    Paul and family… My heart goes out to you and your Family… Sandra will be missed and loved for all times. My very best to you and your Family Harold
    Goldstein and old friend………………

  32. Henryk Jurek says:

    I was deeply saddened by the news of Sandra passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family.

  33. Marge Peabody says:

    Dear Suzanne and family Keith and I are so sorry for your loss of your mother. You were a loving and kind daughter caring for her in every way. May you all be blessed b for all as she helps out in heaven as she did here on earth where her charity and concern were felt everywhere. Marge and Keith

  34. Roland Lemieux says:

    Dear Paul and family,

    We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Heartfelt condolences,
    Roland Lemieux, Susan Winterle, Shirley Ristuccia, David Lemieux, John McCauley Sr, John McCauley Jr

  35. Lu-Ann Pozzi says:

    Suzanne, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Sending you, your sister, your Dad and you entire family love and light. Lu-Ann

  36. Catherine morando says:

    To Paul and family my heart is broken reading about Sandra a beautiful person who was always there to help anyone in need you will be missed my friend my sorrow goes out to her daughters who I am very close to wish I could be with all of you at this time God Bless all of you with deepest sympathy Catherine Maher

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