Brief Personal History
Tim was born in New London, Connecticut. He moved to Rockford, Illinois in 1962. He has been married to his wife, Nancy Martinez-Curtin, for thirty-three (33) years, and they have two sons, Nicolas age twenty-two, and Rafael age nineteen. The family moved back to Illinois for good in 1985, and they currently reside in Hillside.
Tim graduated from Monona Grove High School in Wisconsin in 1967. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison from 1967 until 1969. He went back to school part-time from 1972 until 1974 at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Tim has worked most of his life. Before high school, he had a paper route and worked in his parent’s Five & Ten cent store. During high school, he worked at a grocery store to save money for college. During college, he worked odd jobs to help pay for room and board. In 1970, Tim joined VISTA, a federal program, (Volunteers In Service To America), and was sent to Indianapolis to work with poor people. After that, he taught GED classes to adults, and helped organize a non-profit food cooperative with five neighborhood branches serving 200 families. In 1974, Tim went to work at A-1 Compressor in Indianapolis and became an officer and member of United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America Local 925. In 1977, he joined the national staff as a Field organizer, and ten years later he was promoted to International Representative. He retired from that position in 2012, but he still assisted the national Union in servicing UE Locals in the Midwest until 2015 when he retired from the Union.