Those We Lost


William P. Ford.

William P. Ford, 72, died of esophageal cancer June 1 in his home in Montclair, New Jersey. He was a former Wall Street attorney who became an influential activist and leading advocate for justice in El Salvador after his sister Ita Ford and three more women, including two other Maryknoll sisters and a missionary, were murdered in Dec. 1980 during the civil war in El Salvador. In a 2002 civil trial in Florida, the federal court jury found Jos Guillermo Garca, El Salvador's past defense minister, and Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, its past National Guard commander, liable for $54.6 million of injuries due to pain and suffering undergone by three Salvadoran immigrants to America who the two military officials had ordered to be tortured. While the verdict was not expressly tied to the murders of Ita Ford and the other churchwomen, it was clear that William Ford's perseverance in the case was directly linked to the conviction. At the time of the trial, the two generals were living in Florida under U.S. permission.

Ford was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1936 to William and Mildred O'Beirne Ford. He earned his B.A. from Fordham University in 1960 and his law degree from St. John's University in 1966. He began his law career as a clerk to a federal judge and later became a founding partner of Ford Marrin Esposito Witmeyer & Gleser.

Ford is survived by his wife, the former Mary Anne Heyman, to whom he had been married for 47 years, two sons, William Ford III and John, four daughters, Miriam, Ruth, Elizabeth, and Rebecca, a sister, and eight grandchildren.

Ford's daughter Ruth is now the director of the Maura Clarke - Ita Ford (MCIF) Center in Brooklyn, NY, named for Ford's sister and another of the women murdered. The organization seeks to assist immigrant women in learning English, discovering ways to support their families, and participating actively in their community.

John R. Moran

John R. Moran, 82, of Plainfield, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on August 21, 2008 at home. He and his wife, Lillian, were married for 59 years.

Born May 9, 1926 in Bayonne, New Jersey, he and his family had a summer home at Cedar Grove Beach Club, on Staten Island, N.Y., where he met his future wife, Lillian Quaranta, at the age 5.

John was educated by the Jesuits, at St. Peters Prep in Jersey City, before enlisting in the Navy at the age of 17. He served aboard the U.S.S. Auburn, where he saw action on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He also served aboard the U.S.S. Siboney, during the Korean Conflict. Following his distinguished war service, John served as a director of the Navy League, New York Council. He married and raised his family on Staten Island, where he became involved in the Democratic Party and served on various campaigns including the Presidential Campaign for President John F. Kennedy. His commitment to his faith and the education of his children was seen in his active involvement in the St. Joseph Hill Academy Fathers Club and the St. Charles Church Holy Name Society. He served as the President of the St. Joseph Hill Academy Fathers Club during the 1960s.

John enjoyed a successful career in the insurance industry, working for 33 years with the Continental Insurance Company. During his career with Continental, he held several senior level positions including President of Marine Office of America Corporation, in New York City; Chairman and President of First Insurance Company of Hawaii; and a senior officer of the Continental Corporation.

In addition to his wife, Lillian, John is survived by his sons John R. Moran, Jr. and his wife, Kathy, of Succasunna; Tom Moran and his wife, Joan, of N.Y.C.; his daughter, Bess Moran Zampella, and her husband Tony of Plainfield; his brother D. Perry Moran and sister Joan Cornell, and three grandchildren, Lisa Moran, John R. Moran III, and A.J. Zampella; and two great-grandchildren Kevin and Molly.

Carlin's Last Stand

The last week of July George Carlin's ashes were dispersed. He had asked his daughter, Kelly Carlin-McCall to deal with them within 30 days of his death in a manner that would respect his philosophy and outlook on life. With about 25 old friends from his old Irish NYC neighborhood (Morningside Heights), his daughter Kelly with his brother Patrick, his nephew Dennis and his son-in-law Bob McCall, started the dispersal at 120th and Riverside Dr., a spot called The Question Mark where George and his group of friends used to hang out in their youth. Kelly and the family then took him to Bleecker St. in Greenwich Village to a tree in front of the club The Bitter End to honor his creative beginnings, then to Lake Spofford in New Hampshire (Carlin went to camp there as a child and won many drama awards that were precious to him), then onto the family's property in Woodstock, and then finished with the remainder of the ashes in the Pacific Ocean underneath the Venice Pier.