MANCHESTER - Edward J. "Ed" Moran, 91, died peacefully at his home on June 26, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
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Ed was born in Manchester on Aug. 15, 1921, to Thomas J. and Margaret (Murray) Moran. He graduated from Bakersville Grammar School, Class of 1936, and Manchester High School Central, Class of 1940-B.
A World War II veteran, Ed was an aviation radioman second class in the U.S. Naval Reserve. A radioman, radar man, and gunner in a B-24 bomber crew, he completed 50 combat missions over the English Channel and Bay of Biscay on anti-submarine patrols.
After the war, Ed enrolled at St. Anselm College, graduating in 1949. While at St. Anselm, he served as Exalted Key of the Red Key Society and excelled on the Independent Hockey Team.
Employed for 35 years as a sales specialist with General Foods Corporation, Ed covered territories throughout New England. He was known as the "Jello Man." After retiring from General Foods, he worked for nine years for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department as a deputy sheriff and court officer assigned to the Hillsborough County North Courthouse.
Ed was a devout Catholic and communicant of St. Raphael Church in Manchester. He married Peggy Lally Moran there on July 7, 1951, and they were blessed with 55 years of a wonderful marriage until her death in 2006.
Ed placed his family and their needs above all else. He treasured the time he spent with his daughter, attorney Margaret-Ann Moran, who resided with him. Ed and Peggy also shared their love and home with his nieces, Eileen McGranahan Rizzuto of Everett, Mass., and Mary Susan McGranahan of Nahant, Mass.; and with his nephew, Philip H. McGranahan of Kittery, Maine. He had a special bond with his niece, Joyceann Fitzgerald-Guill of Bedford, and he cherished being able to watch his grandnephew, Patrick-Joseph Fitzgerald Guill, grow up. He enjoyed a wonderful relationship with his nephew, Peter F. Lally of Manchester.
Ed held membership in the St. Anselm Golden Anselmians, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, American Legion Henry J. Sweeny Post 2, and VFW Post 8214. He served as a member of the first Trinity High School Board.
In his younger years, Ed hiked and skied in the White Mountains and Tuckerman Ravine. In later years, he cross-country skied and ice-skated. An avid golfer for over 60 years, Ed belonged to the Derryfield Country Club spanning five decades and most recently held membership at the Intervale Country Club.
Ed loved life and celebrated not only every holiday but every day to the fullest. He frequently said, "Every day that you can get out of bed and put your feet on the floor is a good day."
Ed is survived by his daughter, attorney Margaret-Ann Moran, and by his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Peggy Lally Moran, and by his sister, Catherine McGranahan.
services: Calling hours are Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Durning, Bykowski, & Young Funeral Home, 285 Manchester St., Manchester.
The funeral liturgy of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Raphael Church, 102 Walker St., Manchester. Graveside committal will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.
Donations in his memory may be made to St. Raphael Church, 103 Walker St., Manchester, 03102, to St. Anselm College, 100 St. Anselm Drive, Manchester, 03102-1310, or to the Precious Blood Monastery, 700 Bridge St., Manchester, 03104.
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Durning, Bykowski & Young Funeral Home, Inc.
285 Manchester Street
Manchester, NH 03103-5210
Published in Union Leader from June 28 to June 30, 2013