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Joseph M. Moran, 87

Worcester - Joseph M. Moran, 87, of Worcester, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 19th after a brief illness.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Barbara Seale-Moran, his seven children, Ann Swenson and her husband Phillip, Joseph Moran, Jr., all of Worcester, Teresa Moran of West Boylston, Michael Moran and his partner Keely Doyle of Dudley, Mary Williams and her husband Edward of Worcester, Patrick Moran and his wife Kristy of Cherry Valley and Maureen Remington and her partner Carlo Genatossio of Oxford. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Christopher, Ryan, Danielle, Kevin, Kaitlyn, Meghan, Lauren, Brendan, Evan, Nolan and Maeve Marie, as well as a great grandson, Jace,

He also leaves his sister, Sister Teresa Moran, SSJ, and his brother, James Moran. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his son, Kevin Joseph Moran in 1960, as well as his two sisters, Sister Anna Patrice, SSJ, Sister Joseph Anne, SSJ and his two brothers, John and Francis Moran.

Joseph was born in Worcester, son of the late Michael and Sarah (McMahon) Moran.

He graduated from St. Stephen's High School, received his B.A. in History and English from the College of the Holy Cross and his M.Ed. from Worcester State University.

He served his country in the United States Army from 1952 until 1955, working in Army Security and earning the rank of Sergeant.

Joseph worked for the Oxford Public Schools for over fifty years as a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, assistant principal and principal. The consummate educator, Joseph ended his career in 2014 working for the Worcester Public Schools as a substitute teacher and tutor at Burncoat Elementary and Gates Lane Schools.

As his family could attest, "Big Joe's" wicked Irish sense of humor made a lasting impression on all who knew him.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Beacon Hospice, most notably Joseph's daughter-in-law, Kristy, whose compassionate care for our father will never be forgotten.

The funeral will be held on Friday, December 23rd from the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster Street, Worcester, with a Mass at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Church, 1052 Pleasant Street, Worcester. Burial will follow at Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton.

Visiting hours are Thursday, December 22nd from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joseph's memory to the Sisters of Saint Joseph, 577 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104.



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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, 2016.
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December 15, 2019
Miss you Dad and Love you Dad!
Michael Moran
December 14, 2019
Mr. Moran, the best teacher I ever had in high school. No one had the sense of humor like his, it was very dry. Hard to tell if he was kidding or angry for real.

He guided us to become our best.

Rest in peace Mr. Moran.

Charleen Wentworth.
December 13, 2019
still missing you everyday

Maureen Remington
Daughter
December 13, 2019
The OHS Class of '79 had our 40th class reunion this summer and we all spoke of you and how you had such a positive impact on all of our lives. We will never forget you, Mr Moran, and all that you did for us.
Debbie Leenutaphong
Student
January 11, 2017
I was so sorry to hear about your loss tonight Mary. My deepest sympathy to the whole Moran family.
Karen Barrows
December 28, 2016
Daddy,

Love you so much and miss you tremendously more and more each day. I hope you are resting in the sweetest peace knowing how much we all still love and miss you dearly..xoxo
Maureen Remington
December 27, 2016
I send my most sincere condolences to joseph's family. Trust that God will help you to go through this process. His always by those the broken heart 1 Peter 5:6,7
Madelin Vargas
December 27, 2016
To: Mary & Ed, Teresa, and Family. I am sorry to hear of the loss of 'Big Joe,' although I only met him one time, he left an impression on me. My sympathy goes out to all his children and grandchildren. RIP, Jeff
Jeff Burch
December 24, 2016
Joe's rich legacy will live on through his family, friends and students--he touched the lives of many and was an inspiration to us all. My thoughts and prayers to Barbara and the Moran family.
Dr. Jack Dwyer
December 24, 2016
Dear Barbara, I will never forget my first memory of Joe. I was 23, it was my first day teaching at the high school and I must admit that cafeteria duty was a little overwhelming. I stood with my back to the windows, surveying the chaos all around me. Then a giant of a man walked up and introduced himself to me. He said "Stick with me kid and everything will be okay." I did....and it was....and a rare and beautiful lifetime friendship began that day. Tom and I send our love. Nancy
Nancy Scanlon
December 24, 2016
Such a great man who impacted so many lives. My sincerest condolences to Aunt Barbara and to the entire Moran family. Rest in peace Uncle Joe.
Michelle Seale
December 24, 2016
Dear Barbara - I am sorry to hear about Joe. He was the Guidance Counsellor at OHS when many of us started teaching there. That was the ideal title for him. He always had your back. You believed him with whatever he said or did.
Dave Powell
December 23, 2016
Sincere condolences to you, Barbara, and the family in the passing of Joe. I had him as a teacher when he first started in the Oxford School system. What an addition to the staff. A dedicated teacher and leader. May he rest in peace.

Priscilla Kennedy McVeigh
Class of "60
Priscilla Kennedy McVeigh
December 23, 2016
Coach: Joe Moran was my high school basketball coach and I have many great memories of those days.My sympathy to all his family. Rest in peace COACH.
Dave Power "65"
December 23, 2016
I am saddened by the sudden departure of such a strong life force that was Joe. Angela and myself will miss him terribly. Our deepest condolences to Barbara and your family. We wish we could have attended the services, but our hearts are with you.
Gina Bengtson
December 23, 2016
Our condolences to Mr. Moran's family. We have many fond memories of Mr. Moran in the halls OHS. RIP Mr. Moran
William Neault Darinda Daniels
December 22, 2016
I had the honor of working with Joe at OHS. His steady consistent leadership and compassion for students was inspirational. He'll be missed.
December 22, 2016
Joe was one of the best. Oxford was blessed to have such a dedicated educator and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with you during this sad time.
Andrew & Lynn Hescheles
December 22, 2016
This wonderful man helped me in so many ways. He tried to keep my in school when I was pregnant at 17 in my senior year. Although circumstances didn't permit it, I remembered everything he told me, and went on to get my Ged, went to college and had a wonderful job to take care of my 4 children. The words you gave me are still instilled in my heart. Thank you Joe, RIP and condolences to the family. You will be greatly missed. Much love
Maureen Poulin-Germain
December 22, 2016
Good Guy
Big guy
Scary at times but always treated me fair and with respect.
God Bless
Francis Mita Class of 1972
Francis Mita
December 22, 2016
Mr. Moran was indeed a very special individual, with his sense of humor, his model for giving kids many chances after mistakes, he understood that kids mess up a lot before getting it right. He was so patient yet commanded respect but also offered it. I won't forget this man any time soon. RIP Mr. Moran, you did much just right.
Susan sgariglia-saad
December 22, 2016
So sorry for your loss -- Joe was beloved by all who worked with him -- a true hero in the Oxford school system.
May his family find peace in his legacy.
Crystal and Mark Bridgeo
December 22, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Dixie Lawrence
December 22, 2016
You were a wonderful man and changed my life forever! You will always be in my heart. I thank you for always believing in me! Rest In Peace Mr Moran!
Donna Charbonneau-Whitney
December 22, 2016
My wife and I are very proud to have known Joe over these years as one of our best teachers in high school and as our brother-in-law. Rest in peace Joe, we love you.
Arthur Seale
December 21, 2016
RIP Mr. Moran.
Ron DuBois Class of '73
December 21, 2016
Rest in peace Mr. Moran. You were a great mentor to my husband, and a wonderful teacher during our years at OHS. You will be fondly remembered.
Carol Gordon
December 21, 2016
So sorry for your loss. A role model to many at OHS.
Jodi
December 21, 2016
My deepest sympathies , thoughts and prayers are with the entire families of Mr. Moran. His legacy to education and to our country will not be forgotten. Thank you !!!!
RIP and may God hold you in the palm of His loving hand.
Renee Hatfield
December 21, 2016
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Gail Slavinskas
December 21, 2016
RIP Mr. Moran. I have very fond memories of you and my years at OHS. I pray your family finds comfort and peace in their memories of your kind and humorous nature we all had the pleasure of enjoying.
Brenda (Dickinson) Benoit
December 21, 2016
To The Moran Family; Thank you for sharing your dad with all of us in Oxford for 50 years! He was a great guy and helped so many students, teachers, and families over those many years. May he rest in peace now; and may you all find comfort and peace in knowing that he made such a difference in so many peoples' lives. Thank you Mr. Moran.
Missy DeBoise
December 21, 2016
So sorry for your loss. I knew him in high school. He was a good man.
Sue Ireland
December 21, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Mr Moran was a great man and I have fond memories of him from OHS. May he R.I.P. and the family find comfort and peace in this sad time.
Julie Hastings
December 21, 2016
RIP Mr. Moran, you were the best. A big man with a big heart.
Charleen Wentworth Arguin
December 21, 2016
Mike, Chris and Danielle - I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Peggi Corsi & Family
December 21, 2016
R.I.P. Mr. Moran. It was not easy trying to stay two steps ahead of you in the halls. Thank you for giving so much to all of us.
Ken Bicknell
December 21, 2016
Rest In Peace Mr Moran
December 21, 2016
Mr Moran without you I would never have graduated high school and learned the many lessons of being a man you taught me. I respected and loved you very much and I am glad you got to spend so much time doing what you loved. You were and are a great man who shared his love and knowledge with many. My Condolences to your family
chris gagliastre
December 21, 2016
What an amazing influence on so many. I was lucky enough to have Mr Moran as a teacher and vice principal his last few years in Oxford. My parents and older brothers are able to trade similar stories of being a student in Mr Moran's classroom. The common theme in all our memories is how he believed in all of us and found a way to get through to each individual. Thank you Mr. Moran for showing so many young minds how important we could be to the World.
December 21, 2016
Mr. Moran made me felt wanted and loved after being in the foster care system for so long. He took me under his wing and always had me laughing when he told me "Just make sure you're not like your brother." I enjoyed his Latin class in 7th grade and was sad to see it go. He had so much power and authority just by walking the halls but also such compassion. He will greatly be missed by all. My condolences.
Lyndsay Morello
December 21, 2016
So, sorry for the loss. He was a great man. He will never be forgotten by anyone who attend Oxford High school..
Theresa Champoux
December 21, 2016
So sorry to hear of your loss Barbara and your family's. I have such great memories of Mr. Moran (Joseph) from Oxford High School Class of 1966. He will be greatly missed. My sympathies to all. Joyce Wayman
Joyce Wayman
December 21, 2016
I had Mr Moran as my home room teacher. He was one of the best. I want to send my condolence to his family and friends.
December 21, 2016
Mr. Moran was an awesome teacher, and an example to all who knew him. May you always have peace and rest.
stephen fish
December 21, 2016
So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I graduated from OHS in 1964 and returned to teach 2nd and K for many years. I have fond memories of Joe and Barbara as they wore their many hats for Oxford. Always have a special place in my heart for them.
Janet (Allard) Caissie-Williams
Janet Caissie-Williams
December 21, 2016
Mr.Moran was a kind , fair, but stern principal when I was a student at OHS. God bless his family and may he rest in peace.
December 21, 2016
Though our grateful nation mourns with you in your loss, we can only feel a small part of the loss you are experiencing.

Your loved one will always be a part of our country's story. As such, their sacrifice on behalf of our nation will always be honored.

In deepest sympathy.
A Grateful American
December 21, 2016
Though our grateful nation mourns with you in your loss, we can only feel a small part of the loss you are experiencing.

Your loved one will always be a part of our country's story. As such, their sacrifice on behalf of our nation will always be honored.

In deepest sympathy.
December 21, 2016
Mr Moran was my English Teacher in Oxford High
He was a great guy and even a greater teacher
He will be missed
RIP
December 21, 2016
What an awesome man he was. I graduated in 1977 from Oxford High and remember him as a Gentle Giant. Deepest Sympathy to the Moran Family.
Maelee Bertrand
December 21, 2016
Mr Moran, you were my saving grace! Rest in peace
Melissa Gould Yazdanpanah
December 21, 2016
A great man that will be missed by all. Peace to you and your family.

-Marty Gilman
December 21, 2016
I am grateful for having known and worked with Joe at the Oxford Middle School. I am both fortunate and blessed to have crossed paths with such a great man, educator, and principal. His spirit lives on in our work.
Jessica Racicot
December 21, 2016
My sincere condolences to the entire Moran family. Mr. Moran was one of a very small group of people who "got me" and left a huge impression on me that I can honestly say lasts to this day. I will be forever grateful for the lessons he taught, even when he wasn't trying. God bless, Mr. Moran....until we see each other again.
Kevin Plante
December 21, 2016
Melissa Kneeland
December 21, 2016
Maureen

So sorry to hear about your dad. He was a big part of my junior high and high school life. Prayers go out to you and your entire family. We love you .

Melissa and Rickyjoe Kneeland
Melissa Kneeland
December 21, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. This man was a good person. I remember both of you in OHS back in my school years. I liked both of you. Rest In Peace. May god with with you and your family at this time. Lynne (Baarda) Briggs..
December 21, 2016
He was a great man. I remember he taught Latin and i learned so much. He had such a passion for it. You made a difference in my life and so many others. Thank you and may you be in a better place.
Amanda Meschke
December 21, 2016
Dear Ann, Joe, Mike, Theresa, Mary,
Maureen, Patrick, Barbara and Aunt Theresa,

Please know I am thinking of you all and sending my love and prayers your way.

Uncle Joe meant a lot to me and as my Godfather he always had a special place in my heart. I do hope he was able to hear the note I sent him last week.

While I am not able to physically be with you during his services, I trust you know I am with you all, in my heart.

Much Love,
Cousin Betty
Betty Sabacinski
December 21, 2016
Deepest sympathy to the Moran family on the passing of this great man. I worked for him at OMS and have some very fond memories that I still talk about to this day. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Diane Monaco
December 21, 2016
I admired and respected you as one of my teachers.Rest in Peace, Mr. Moran.
Barbara Wehenkel-Lafleche
December 21, 2016
Rachel Gagne
December 21, 2016
Joe was the example we all tried to follow. Steadfast by his word, he was a great teacher, principal and friend. I was a better teacher because he had my back, encouraging my strengths to overcome my weaknesses. His abundant wit and humor were his greatest gifts, and populated his every thought, word and deed. Lucky were we to have him in our lives.
Susan Briody
December 21, 2016
Mr. Moran was the consummate gentleman. At 4'10, he towered over me. On the rare occasion that I was called to the Principal's Office, he would sit while scolding me so he could look me in the eye vs. intimidating me by looking down on me!!! I will always remember him and his bigger than life presence! His sense of humor was priceless. To his family, may you find peace in knowing how many lives he positively influenced.
Sheridan Flagg Parker
December 21, 2016
So sorry for your loss. I am a 1979 graduate of OHS and I remember Mr.Moran as a fair and nice man. Condolences to his family.
Darlene Thornton
December 21, 2016
So sorry for your loss. He was truly a great man.
Lori DiBaro
December 21, 2016
Well Dad you gave us our best Christmas ever on Sunday surrounded by all of your children and grandchildren. You are at peace now Dad, know how much you will be missed and how much I loved you. God Bless you Dad.
Michael Moran
December 21, 2016
Well Dad you gave us our best Christmas ever on Sunday surrounded by all of your children and grandchildren. You are at peace now Dad, know how much you will be missed and how much I loved you. God Bless you Dad.
Michael Moran
December 21, 2016
He was such an inspiration he influencing students in the Oxford school system to be able to grow to there full potential he will be greatly missed
Andrew Tripp
December 21, 2016
May you fly like an angel and continue to watch over everyone you care about. You sure kept us in line during our years at OHS you will be sadly missed. R.I.P
Cynthia Hicks
December 21, 2016

A giant of a man in so many ways. You believed in me when so many others, including myself, did not. You did not withhold correction or discipline when called for, but you heaped praise and encouragement much more often. Your intimidating stature belied your kindness and soft spot for the underdogs like me. I will never forget you or your many kindnesses and compassion. You made my life better, and I have always remembered that. I regret that I never told you how much of a positive impact you had on me. But I think you knew ... Sleep peacefully, kind man, you were clearly loved by many.
OMS/OHS Student
December 21, 2016
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Lynn Reed
December 21, 2016
Rest in peace, Mr Moran. Thank you for everything you did for us at OHS. You were and always will be a great inspiration.
Debbie Wennerberg
December 21, 2016
Rest in peace big guy. To his family he really was a stand out when I was in school. May his spirit help you through this. God Bless
Linda Pytko
December 21, 2016
kristy my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely Colleen o'brien
December 20, 2016
Great man! May you rest in paradise and I thank you for so many memories during my time at OHS.
Lauri
December 20, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Moran family. Mr. Moran was one of my favorites at OHS as his daughter was beforehand during my years at OMS. He was stern, yet funny and kind. Thank you, Mr. Moran, for your years of service. You will be fondly remembered by many.
Rhonda (Smith) Bachrach
December 20, 2016
Joe Moran was a big asset to the Oxford School system.My deepest sympathy to the family.Also Mr.Moran I'm so sorry you had to catch us skipping school a lot...
Linda Dickson-Menard
December 20, 2016
So sorry to hear of Mr. Moran's passing. I was fortunate to have him as a teacher and coach when I was in high school.

Prayers go out to the whole Moran family. May god wrap his loving arms around the Moran family to see them through this tough time in their lives.
Charlie Scioscia
December 20, 2016
He made such a big impact on so many lives. He helped guide so many of us setting a great example and knowing instinctively how to get through to us.
Jim Gaudette
December 20, 2016
Maureen,

I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family. Hugs and prayers.
Kristine Miller
December 20, 2016
My sincere condolences to the entire Moran family. I have fond memories of Mr. Moran as a student of the Oxford School System. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Susan Gallant
December 20, 2016
Mr. Moran and your family,
What a legacy you made for yourself as you inspired so many students and teachers during your career at Oxford. Thank you for your dedication. May you rest in peace. Many condolences to the Moran family.
Bonnie Gilligan
December 20, 2016
Loved him... most influential authority of my high school years. Patient and kind... yet stern. Sad to see this ♡ God bless
December 20, 2016
To the Moran family:
So sorry to read of Joseph's passing. He was great man and a major influence to those who taught in Oxford. The tall giant is at peace now. May the love of family and friends help you through this difficult time and give you strength.
Marcia A Martin (Kurowski)
December 20, 2016
Maureen,

Thinking of you and extending our condolences to you and your family. We are so very sorry for your loss.

Traci & Kevin Mercier
Kevin Mercier
December 20, 2016
To the entire Moran Family,
Our deepest sympathies to you all at this very difficult time.
Bob&Shannon Johnson
December 20, 2016
A candle and prayers for you and your family from all the students you influenced and educated in the Oxford School System.
December 20, 2016
We all love you Dad and will miss you so much. Rest In Peace ❤

Teresa
Teresa Moran
December 20, 2016
Uncle Joe, I remember you best as an educator. You were funny, kind and stern. You have influenced so many lives. Years after we are out of school, we remember the teachers that changed our lives. In most cases these may have been the first people that believed in us. The experience of having an authority figure believe that we could succeed carries us forever. This is the gift you gave me. Prayers of peace to you and your family. I am forever grateful - Tina
December 20, 2016
Pat & family,
May your memories be filled with happiness & joy knowing your dad is resting in his home where there is no pain.
May he shine down from up above and comfort all of you during these difficult times. For we know thru our faith in the Lord, we all will meet again.
God Bless.
Anthony Petrone & Family
December 19, 2016
Joe I was so sad to hear of your passing. I always loved what a great guy you were. I'm so happy Aunt Barbara found such an amazing guy to spend her life with.!! Even though life was busy and we didn't see you guys for some time you will be missed! Sending you hugs from CT.....
Melissa Haynes
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