He was born in Clinton in 1929. He served in the U.S. Army as a cryptanalyst. Following an honorable discharge, he earned a bachelor's degree cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, where he was vice president of his Class of '57, and earned a master's degree in teaching at Harvard University in Cambridge in 1959. He was a doctoral candidate at Boston University.
He was a committed educator, beginning as an English teacher, a guidance counselor and the administrator of special education in Woburn Public Schools. He later worked as a guidance counselor in Framingham and as the director of guidance and administrator of special education in Holbrook. He was appointed superintendent of schools in Holbrook and also served as superintendent of schools in Mansfield. During his career he also taught at both Boston State College and Suffolk University.
He and his wife, Rosemary (McGaffigan), were married for 55 years, and raised seven children. For several years, he served on the Woburn School Committee. He also was a founding member of the Woburn Council for Social Concern. He was a communicant of St. Anthony's Parish, a longtime member of its Holy Name Society and a regular lector at Sunday Mass.
An avid golfer, Mr. Moran was a member of the senior golf league at Woburn Country Club. He was a former member of the Woburn Elks and was a director at the Woburn Boys and Girls Club.
In addition to his wife Rosemary, he is survived by his son John Jr. and wife, Ellen, of South Windsor, Conn.; son Peter and his late wife, Yvette, of Rowley; daughter Bernadette King and husband, James, of North Reading; son Thomas and wife, Linda, of McLean, Va.; son Rev. Fr. Terence Moran, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Chelsea; son Brian and wife, Kerri, of Rowley; and daughter Elizabeth Dunn and husband, Derek, of Winchester; 13 grandchildren, Tim and Katie King, Brian, William and Christopher Moran, Thomas and Patrick Moran, Cecelia and Peter Moran, R.J. and Nora Dunn, and Colin and Bridget Moran. Mr. Moran was one of 10 children and is survived by his brother, Thomas Moran, and is predeceased by siblings, Agnes, Ruth, Celia, James, Joseph, Robert, Elizabeth and Francis.
Funeral services will be held from the McLaughlin - Dello Russo Funeral Home, 60 Pleasant St. Woburn, Friday, March 11, at 10 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial celebrated in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main St., Woburn, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Services will conclude with military honors and burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent in his memory to St. Johns Seminary, 127 Lake St., Brighton, MA 02135.