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West Hartford Obituary: Brigid Maire Curtin

Brigid Maire Curtin. Courtesy photo

West Hartford resident Brigid Maire Curtin, 12, died on Dec. 17, 2018.

Brigid Maire Curtin, of West Hartford, CT, passed away suddenly on Dec. 17, 2018. Brigid was born in Hartford, CT, on Jan. 8, 2006 and is survived by her parents, Janemarie Murphy and Timothy B. Curtin, and her twin brother.

Brigid attended public schools in West Hartford, first at Duffy Elementary School and then at Sedgwick Middle School where she was in the seventh grade. She loved being a Dragon and a Wildcat. She was an honor student and multiple recipient of the “Student-of-the-Month” award. Her favorite classes were “all of them.” Brigid worked hard to earn these awards and often spent many nights studying after dinner to earn extra credit.

Brigid played saxophone in the Sedgwick Band and loved to sing, performing in Sedgwick’s select vocal choirs, the “Top of the Sixes” in sixth grade and ”Sounds” in seventh grade. Brigid also relished her role as Betsy Ross in Duffy’s fifth grade play.

Brigid enjoyed team activities and was especially proud when she was selected for the West Hartford Girl’s U-12 and U-13 Travel Soccer Teams. A defensive specialist, #40 was always there to foil many an opponent’s scoring attempt. Brigid also participated in West Hartford’s recreational soccer and basketball leagues, and never missed an opportunity to be part of Sedgwick’s after-school programs of volleyball, soccer, and fitness club. When not competing, Brigid was in the stands or on the sidelines cheering on her classmates and teammates. She loved to spend time with her friends, and found enjoyment and excitement in their successes as much as she did in her own.

Brigid was never happier than when she was with family on vacation, and she loved her trips to New York City, Saratoga, Florida, Hawaii, Ireland, and France. The family’s annual trip to Martha’s Vineyard was Brigid’s favorite two weeks of the year. When not in school or away, Brigid was enrolled in camp at West Hartford’s Westmoor Park, one of her most beloved places, where she was able to hike the fields and streams, play with and take care of the animals and learn about nature. She was looking forward to becoming a Counselor-In-Training at age 15. The family “adopted” a sheep and two goats over the years, and Brigid loved to visit with them.

Brigid attended religious education classes at Hartford’s St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church where she was also baptized and made her First Holy Communion.

In addition to her parents and brother, Brigid is survived by her maternal grandmother, Mary Ellen Murphy, as well as aunts and uncles; Maura Murphy and Richard Page, Colleen Murphy and Philip DeFronzo, and John P. Murphy, Jr., and Carollynne Weidler. Brigid also leaves behind eight cousins who have many happy memories of spending time with her.

Brigid was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Mary (Dungan) and William P. Curtin, her maternal grandfather, John P. Murphy and her uncle, Kevin P. Curtin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford, CT. Burial will be private. There will be no calling hours. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Brigid’s name to “The Westmoor Park Fund,” 119 Flagg Rd., West Hartford, CT 06117. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com.

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