John R. Moran, 82, of Plainfield, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 21, 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 in Staten Island, where he met his future wife, Lillian Quaranta, at the age of five.
Mr. Moran 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 command ship, 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.
Mr. Moran 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 Father's 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.
Mr. Moran 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.
He retired in 1988, but remained on the board of directors of the First Insurance Company of Hawaii for a few more years.
John, who was a devout Catholic, was a member of St. Joseph's Church in North Plainfield.
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 New York City; and his daughter, Bess Moran Zampella, and her husband Tony of Plainfield; three grandchildren, Lisa Moran, John R. Moran III, and A.J. Zampella; and two great grandchildren, Kevin and Molly.
His Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday at St. Joseph Church in North Plainfield.
Memorial contributions may be made in John's memory, to the ALS Association, Greater New York Chapter, 116 John Street, Suite 1304, New York, New York 10038; and Haven Hospice, JFK Hospital, 65 James Street, Edison, New Jersey, 08820.