Barbara Moore Curran

Barbara Curran - Penfield, NY - Rochester Cremation

Penfield, NY: After living with pancreatic cancer for two years, the beautiful, brave Barbara Moore Curran died on May 16, 2020. She was at home in the care of her loving and devoted husband Jed, son, Jordan and sister, Dawn. Barbara was a child of Howard and Katherine Moore. In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her siblings Lloyd Moore, Reggie Moore, June Chapin, and Maxine Ricalton and brothers-in-law Gary Atkinson, Bob Ricalton, Ed Chapin, Harley Lincoln, and Todd Curran.

Barbara’s early life on the family farm in the north country of New York formed and shaped her love of the natural world, her strong work ethic, her devotion to family and friends and her connection to and respect for a very special way of life. At 18 she made her way to Rochester and embarked on the work of her life as a hair stylist extrodinare. From the salons at the Sibley’s and B. Forman department stores to Narcissus on Park Avenue, she made women (and men) look and feel beautiful and special. In the process, she formed life long friendships with her clients and probably could have qualified for a degree in psychology. She was a steadfast friend and in semi-retirement made home visits to many of her long time clients, bringing not just her scissors, but her caring companionship.

Her greatest joy and most treasured gift was her family. Listening to Jed’s and Jordan’s songwriting and music bought her much joy. Precious days of peace in the north county, beach vacations and lake weekends, holiday dinners, pool hangouts, showers, weddings all meant so much. She was also wonderful in the “everydayness” of family. Always the first to bring a meal, offer a ride or a shoulder to cry on. Of course, she was there for all of the kids’ first haircuts! Spring meant flowers, lots and lots of flowers. Summer meant fresh veggies and salads. Fall meant dried hydrangeas and inventive Halloween costumes. Winter meant Christmas Eve potatoes. We will never forget.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 37 years, Jed Curran and her children Jordan (Emily Fischer), Leah (Michael) Moon and her precious granddaughter Luna Curran. Also bereft at her passing are her sisters, Leota Lincoln, Virginia Moore and Dawn Atkinson , sisters-in-law Kay Moore, Catherine McCann(Ed Benati), Molly (Bill) Shafer, Karen Curran, and brother-in-law, Charles Curran. Her many nieces and nephews will remember her always.

Due to current circumstances a celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at a later date. Please consider a donation in her memory to UR Medicine Home Care Hospice or Wilmot Cancer Center.

25 Condolences

  1. Paul Lindsley on May 18, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Jed, I am so sorry to receive this horrible news. My deepest condolences to you, the kids, and the rest of your family.

    • Bruce Diamond on May 18, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Barb was a lovely , loving person. And she was loved well by those with the same qualities by her family . Peace to you all

      • Francine Ziller on May 22, 2020 at 11:52 am

        Jordan, I know your mom was essential in Adam’s life, I’m greatful. I’m sorry for your loss. When you lose a parent no matter your age you feel like an orphan. It’s hard to wrap your mind around the fact that it’s not fair, if it wasn’t for your mom you wouldn’t be here so how can you now exist without her 💔. Look for the signs of your mom they will be all around you, know she will always be with you, and your family.

  2. Eileen Loveman Williams on May 18, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful Barbara. I only met her once but could tell she had a heart filled to the brim. May you find peace in your loving memories.

  3. Nancy Powderly on May 18, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about Barb. Please accept our sincere condolences. Our heart breaks for all of you with such a great loss. She was a ,wonderful person and will be missed by so many, but she will not be forgotten. Sending love and hugs.
    David, Nancy and Katie Powderly XXOO

  4. Ashley Chapin on May 18, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Uncle Jed, sorry to hear about Aunt Barbs passing. She was a wonderful person.

    • Gerri on May 18, 2020 at 9:08 pm

      God takes the good ones early. Rest in Peace Barb and love and hugs to Jed and family.

  5. Guy Ward on May 18, 2020 at 6:15 pm


    I am very sorry for your lost and am sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I know how you are feeling presently and if you need to talk to someone in the near future I am available.

  6. Don Christiano on May 18, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Jed and family, very sorry for the loss of a wonderful, loving person. Please accept our deepest condolences.

  7. Doug Ford on May 18, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Jed Very sorry for loss in these trying times God bless

  8. Susan Bucklin Lincoln on May 18, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this news. I remember her as a loving, kind person. My condolences to all of her family.

  9. Mary Jo Vella on May 18, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    I am so sorry to have to hear this
    Barb’s heart and body will be at peace having fought the most courageous battle .
    To have her living husband by her side at all times .
    My love and prayers are with you and your children
    Mary Jo

  10. Kevin and Joanne Lincoln on May 18, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Jed, Jordan and Aunt Barb’s entire family,
    Kevin and I were so sad to hear of the passing of this woman we all loved. She was kind and caring with a quick wit and a great sense of humor. We know how greatly she will be missed by all. She was one of a kind, the best kind. Our love to you all.

  11. Michael Belmont on May 19, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Jed and family,

    May those precious gems that Barb planted in each of you help comfort and guide you. May a deep peace be with you. May Barb’s love and her spirit be palpable for you. May Barb’s tenacity, fight, joy, and care be an enduring inspiration for you. I am deeply saddened by your profound loss. May Barbara live in in each of you as you live out this life as she would want you to do. Please accept our most sincere condolences.

  12. Melanie Larocque on May 19, 2020 at 11:03 am

    So sorry to hear of Cousin Barbara passing, God bless to all the family.

  13. Judy Riales on May 19, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    To the family.
    One more angel to watch over you.

  14. karen maccarone bierton caleo on May 19, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    What a beautiful Soul!!!!! Barbie You touch my life in ways that are imprinted upon this heart forever!!!!! I have never witnessed a stronger Spirit fighting for Life and the happiness for others! Thank You for all YOU share and YOUR words of Wisdom!!
    The reflection of YOU is told through the undying Love, Respect and Care of YOUR family whom shall hold YOU in their arms forever!!!!
    As I look upon my life, I am grateful to God for having placed me in Your path!!!!
    I look forward to singing and dancing at YOUR celebration!!!
    Cheers my Love!!!!!!

  15. David and Mary Delaney on May 20, 2020 at 8:26 am

    Jed and family, Mary and I are saddened by the news of Barb’s passing. We will express more when we see each other.

    David and Mary Delaney

  16. Ken and Jeanne Lill on May 20, 2020 at 10:04 am

    May your wonderful memories carry you through. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ken and Jeanne Lill

  17. Carlene and Cheyenne on May 20, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Uncle Jed, Jordan and the rest of your family
    Aunt Barb was an inspiration to me she was always happy and cared about everyone else before she tended to herself she handled everything she went through with grace and was always happy to just be with you or talk to you. She was always proud and happy with and for everything that she saw her whole family doing. She was always excited to see any of the news about the family and there with her words of kindness. There is no one like her and she will be missed. All our Love to You!

  18. Bob Rowe on May 22, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Jed,I’m so sorry to hear about your wife’s passing.My deepest condolences to and your family…Bob Rowe

    • Linda Hass-Voellinger on May 23, 2020 at 8:16 am

      To Barbara, I know you , you put up a good fight against this cancer and didn’t want to hear u were going to die! Who does , no words , Your Jed and Jordan , and family were everything to you, and u were not only a great Hairdresser but u really cared about ur clients, How u used to cook extra for Angelina, she was going blind, living alone , so u always had nice dinners packaged up to take home , u can rest now and let go of any anxiety that life brings to us all , U will be missed forever , U have been a great friend to me and I am soo blessed to have had u in my life! I loved the stories of growing up in the north country, and ur great sense of humor, I will miss ur laugh, I do hope we can do this again in our next life, love to Jed ur wonderful husband and Jordan ur beautiful , wonderful son , that has ur best qualities,,

  19. Patti Choby on May 23, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Sorry for your loss Jed and Family. May you find peace during this difficult time.

  20. Joan Dwyer on May 26, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Barb was such an uplifting spirit! She cared about everyone who sat in her chair as she pampered us, listened to our troubles, and sent us on our way with a PERFECT haircut, a smile and a hug. I will always remember her infectious laugh and her kind words. She loved her family above all else. In these last difficult years she taught us how to live with tenacity and grace. Jed, Jordan and family, I am so sorry for your loss.

  21. Pat Gregory on July 16, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Dear Jed and family, I just read about Barbara’s passing. It is a loss for many of us. I will continue to pray she will have restful peace in the arms of Jesus.

    Pat Gregory

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