DANIEL "DAN" MORENO
Daniel "Dan" Moreno, 68, of Jacksonville Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2021 after a brief yet courageous battle with pancreatic cancer at home with his family by his side. Dan was born on July 17, 1952, in Baltimore, MD, the son of John and Wanda Moreno. After Holy Rosary Grammar School and graduating from Baltimore City College in 1971, Dan attended the University of Baltimore before completing his apprenticeship with The Slaysman Co. in Little Italy for his life-long career as a machinist where he also worked for Clark Machine, E.J. Codd and Co., and General Motors (GM), a career that spanned more than 25 years.
Dan met his bride and best friend, Dorothy Moreno (Nowakowski) in Fells Point and wed in 1976 before moving to Essex where they settled down to raise their children, John and Jennifer. Dan and Dorothy later moved to Queenstown, MD and enjoyed cold beer, cookouts with friends, and crabbing the Wye River for 21 years.
Dan's second careers as a driver for Gillespie and Sons Inc. of Chestertown brought him much joy, as did his devotion to Freemasonry through the Coats Lodge No. 102 of Easton where he earned his 32nd degree. Dan was also a member of Maryland Rod and Gun in Cambridge where he had many friends and fond memories. In late 2020, Dan and Dorothy fulfilled their lifelong dream of living on the beach when they moved to Jacksonville Beach, FL.
Dan was a strong, deeply private yet gentle soul. His love for his family and commitment to friendship will be forever remembered.
Dan leaves behind his wife, Dorothy Moreno; his son and daughter-in-law, John and Jessica Moreno of Waxahachie, TX and grandson Daniel Moreno of Burleson, TX; his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and CDR Matthew Olson, USN of Anacortes, WA; his brother and wife, Richard and Denise Moreno of Rosedale, MD; niece and goddaughter, Selina Moreno; and countless cherished friends and coworkers to include Joe and Pat Rittini of Little Italy; Hank and Gerry Fabazak of Berlin; Danny Lasek of Millersville; and Wes Crabtree of Rockhall of whom he considered a brother. Dan is preceded in death by his loving grandmother Martha Gajewski; parents, John and Wanda Moreno of Essex; and grandson, Matthew Moreno, of Burleson, TX along with his two close friends Tony Conetti of Dundalk and Mike McGowen of Glen Burnie.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Community Hospice and Palliative Care of Florida in Dan's memory.
Published in The Beaches Leader from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2021.