“With hard work, there is a lot of hope for rural Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Sean Power, former mayor of Buchans, which Curran help transition from a one-industry mining town. “Dave taught us that.” Curran died on June 29 at the age of 66 at home in Grand Falls-Windsor, Nfld., after suffering from pulmonary fibrosis for several years. Click here to read The Globe and Mail’s profile of a man who worked for more than four decades in regional development with Memorial University Extension Services, the Exploits Valley Regional Development Corp., and as an independent consultant on rural economic development.