Curran J. Tierney, 27


NATICK – Curran J. Tierney passed away suddenly on April 23, 2022, after a long struggle with substance abuse. He was a beautiful boy with a dazzling smile, an infectious laugh, and a remarkable capacity to love deeply. He sought peace and calmness while never quite finding it.

At an early age, he showed an entrepreneurial spirit by starting his own neighborhood lawn mowing business that tapped into his natural skills to manicure a lawn (with an occasional holiday) and connect with people. A quick minded and natural salesman – he could ‘sell’ you on an idea before you even realized what he had done. He put those skills to use in retail jobs selling technology at Best Buy and Staples and while waiting tables at various restaurants. Most recently he worked at The Cheesecake Factory in Natick where he found comradery and friendship.

Curran had many natural talents – swimming, karate, running, public speaking, and was a gifted drummer who spent hours honing his skills. He loved sushi, cooking, sunsets, beaches, and traveling with his family. He had a deep affection for his pets throughout his life, especially his cats. He also had a passion for flashy sneakers and a fresh haircut. And if you spent any time with Curran, you learned that he sneezed whenever he moved from shade into sunshine. It was an endearing trait that he found annoying, and one that is shared by his baby daughter. He also was terrified of bees … if he saw one … he would take off running (we have video evidence).

He could connect with people quickly and easily, often sensing something in others that most would overlook. He frequently offered a generous helping hand or kind word that left positive impacts on the people he met. As part of the Addiction Recovery community, he often encouraged others into treatment and offered support.

Curran and his fiancé Kaitlyn Riley met two years ago and loved being together – whether enjoying quiet moments over morning coffee or exploring the city. Among their favorite pastimes was to go to Boston Common, eat sushi, and watch the sunset. Last November they welcomed their beautiful daughter Maelynn Rose Tierney into our family.

Curran will be deeply missed by Kaitlyn, Maelynn, his parents and stepparents Cheryl and Mark Kulacz and Karen Burke and Jim Tierney, his grandparents Marjorie Lowry, Dorothy Tierney, Peter Heistand, Carol and Bob Kulacz and his Gran Esther Burke. He will also be missed by many aunts, uncles, and cousins and the many, many friends he met during his journey, especially his two lifelong friends Zachary Edelman and Tim Lacerte. He is now at peace with his grandfathers: David Lowry and Joe Tierney.

Funeral plans are private, and the family will hold a memorial service in June to which family and friends will be welcome.

Those interested in honoring Curran’s memory are encouraged to donate either to Team Sharing ( a nonprofit support for families survived by those lost to substance abuse or to Adult & Teen Challenge Massachusetts ( where Curran found a connection to a spiritual power, gained a second family, and experienced his longest stretch of sobriety.

Finally, we extend heartfelt appreciation to the recovery organizations and staff that helped carry Curran through some of his most difficult seasons battling this disease. Especially we thank The Brook Retreat (Pembroke, MA), Adult and Teen Challenge (Brockton, MA), Revelations Recovery (Kingston, MA), NorthStar Recovery (Southborough, MA) and PCO Hope (Plymouth, MA).

If you or a loved one needs help, please don’t suffer alone.  There is help and there is hope.

Arrangements by the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home of Framingham.

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