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.
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.