WESTCHESTER JOURNAL NEWS
CURRY, THOMAS PATRICK 2007-05-16
Thomas Patrick Curry went home to be with the Lord on May 14, 2007 surrounded by his family. He was born in the Bronx on September 21, 1932. His parents were Tom and Kathleen from County Cavan. Tom was a man of strong faith and courage through his entire life. He was an inspiration to his family through his courage and commitment. He was the beloved husband of Mary Lou (nee Doberstein). Devoted father of Rev. Thomas, O.S.B., Mary Elizabeth Williams husband Tom and Kathleen Mangels and husband Jens. Cherished grandfather of Tommy and Colin Williams and Kaitlin, Ashley and Grace Mangels. He is also survived by his two sisters, Margaret of East Williston and Alice of Spokane, WA, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Jack and Marty. Tom was a Korean War Vet where he received the Bronze Star. Returning home, he joined the N.Y.C. Police Dept. He then went on to receive his B.A. and M.A. at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In 1972, Tom was awarded the Medal of Honor due to line of duty injuries. His love of life and deep faith gave him the strength to combat the many challenges in his life. An active man in St. Aloysius parish in Great Neck, Tom was a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society, Charity Night journal committee, CYO sports program and the Bishop's Appeal Committee. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus -Daly Council where he attained honorary membership. Tom was married to Mary Lou for forty wonderful years. Their summers were spent at his favorite spot, Sabbath Day Point in Lake George. Tom watched his children and grandchildren thrive in the beauty and peacefulness of the mountains and waters of the Lake. The viewing will be held at Fairchild's Funeral Home at 1570 Northern Boulevard in Manhasset, NY on Wednesday, from 7 to 9 PM and Thursday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 PM. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Aloysius in Great Neck on Friday at 10:30 AM. Interment, Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tom's name to: PBA Widow and Children's Fund, 40 Fulton Street, 17th Fl, New York, NY 10038 or St. Vincent Archabbey Development Office, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650.
NEW YORK TIMES 5/16/07
THOMAS CURRY, 74, Officer Hit in Infamous Shooting, Dies
By DENNIS HEVESI
Published: May 16, 2007
Thomas Curry, one of two New York City police officers who were seriously wounded by machine-gun fire in 1971 while guarding the Manhattan district attorney’s home, died on Monday in the Bronx. He was 74.
The cause was cancer, his wife, Mary Lou Curry, said.
Officer Curry and his partner, Nicholas Binetti, were shot outside the home of the district attorney, Frank S. Hogan, on Riverside Drive on May 19, 1971, one of two violent days during a period of open conflict between advocates of black power and the police.
Dozens of bullets were fired as a blue car drove by, hitting Officer Curry in the face, right shoulder and stomach.
Two days later, in an attack involving different suspects, two other police officers, Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini, were shot to death outside a housing project in Harlem. Eight months later, two other officers, Gregory Foster and Rocco Laurie, were killed by the Black Liberation Army, an offshoot of the Black Panthers, on the Lower East Side.
A leader of the Black Panther Party, Dhoruba al-Mujahid bin Wahad, was convicted of attempted murder in 1973 in the attack on Officers Curry and Binetti. Mr. Wahad, formerly known as Richard Moore, was sentenced to 25 years to life. But in 1990, his conviction was overturned when a State Supreme Court justice found that prosecutors had not given his lawyers evidence that could have helped in his defense.
The city paid Mr. Wahad $490,000 in 2000 to settle his civil claim of wrongful conviction, while maintaining that there was no conspiracy to deprive him of his rights and that he had committed the crime.
In 1975, three members of the Black Liberation Army were convicted of murder in the shootings of Officers Jones and Piagentini.
Thomas Patrick Curry was born in the Bronx on Sept. 21, 1932. He won a Bronze Star as a corporal in the Army during the Korean War. He joined the Police Department in 1956 and later earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Officer Curry retired from the police force in 1997.
Besides his wife of 40 years, he is survived by two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Williams, of Floral Park, N.Y., and Kathleen Mangels, of Valhalla, N.Y.; a son, the Rev. Thomas Curry of the Order of St. Benedict; two sisters, Margaret Elder, of East Williston, N.Y., and Alice Cunnelly, of Spokane, Wash.; and five grandchildren. ADDENDUM: Tom spent his early years in the South Bronx neighborhood of SS Peter & Paul Parish. He initially lived on 157th Street near St Ann's Ave and latter move to Elton Avenue on 156th Street opposite the City Bath House.
At the time of this writing, it is not known if he attended SSPP but if he did
he would have been in the class of 1946.