|Birth: ||Feb. 16, 1931|
|Death: ||Jul. 10, 1974|
Mr. John Francis Moran, 43, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday afternoon, July 10, 1974. He had been in declining health for several years and died of a heart attack at his residence.
He was an employee of Newspaper Printing Corp. for 23 years. He also served with the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He attended Holy Name School and Father Ryan High School in Nashville, TN.
He is survived by his wife of twenty years, Sue Helen Jordan Moran. He is also survived by brothers Fred J. Moran, Jr. and Patrick J. Moran and sisters, Sarah Agnes Clark and Mary Margaret Malkiewicz, all of Nashville. He was predeceased by his father, Fred J. Moran and mother, Brigett Curley Moran.
He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Nashville. He was also a member of Nashville Elks Lodge No. 72 and a fourth degree Knight of Columbus in Knights of Columbus Council 544. He was a member of the Nashville Newspaper Printing Pressman's Union No. 50 and Mended Hearts, Inc.
Services were conducted by Monsignor Leo C. Siener, pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church. Father John Cain, pastor of St. Edward's Catholic Church assisted.
The following Funeral Eulogy of John Francis Moran was written and delivered by Monsignor Siener.
"Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him." 4 Ezr. 2, 34, 35.
To the survivors of John Francis Moran, his two brothers, Fred and Pat, his sisters Sarah and Mary Margaret, nephews and nieces, relatives and friends, and especially Sue, his dear wife for more than twenty years, I am certain that you will agree with me that the words of Holy Scripture which I have prefaced my eulogy with certainly will apply to the beautiful soul of John Moran.
There are certain rare persons in this life that exude a special glow of peace, contentment, and joy which causes each of us to wonder what is the secret of their evident happiness in good times and bad, in joys and sorrows, in sickness and in health. The pleasant manner of Johnny and his ever present smiling countenance made it evident to the thoughtful person that he lived at peace with his God, his family and his many friends.
When we look at the characteristics which were part and parcel of his life, we find that he had a mother and father, sisters and brothers, relatives and friends who believed with simplicity yet with great depth that their religion was the foundation of life and that Christianity as expressed in Catholicism with the devinely instituted sacraments given to us by Christ were sufficient to enable us to live a life of relative joy which looked to eternal happiness. As the priest who had the joy of witnessing the marriage of John and Sue over twenty years ago, I was struck then as I have been edified in the last several days by the beautiful partnership blessed by Almighty God between a baptized Protestant wife who believed in the Sacrament of Marriage which added so much to their natural love affection for one another. It is rare, indeed, when a wife says to you: "I believe that my husband was the kindest and most honest person that I have ever met." Such a statement could not have been made unless both husband and wife had been an inspiration to each other.
Although not blessed by children, the genuine concern and regard for children was seen in Johnny's devotion to his nieces and nephews and the children of St. Mary Home for Children. The words of a brother-in-law concerning Johnny still linger in my ears as the brother-in-law declared that "Johnny was more of a brother than brother-in-law to me and my family."
In trying to sum up the external virtures of this kind and wonderful person whose remains lie before us today, we can say that his life was based on the essential qualities that mark all good men. He loved his God, his own family, his wife, her family, and his country as is evident from the flag draping his coffin today.
What I have said about John Francis Moran has been nothing more that the sermon which you and I witnessed from his external life and behavior. Although it is difficult to even think of Johnny as deliberately offending either God or man, the Church in her prudence permits us to point out the exemplary features of a person's life but, at the same time, the Church warns us to pray and offer sacrifices for the deceased that they may not suffer the pains of those who are not ready to face God because of human frailty and human weakness. Thus, we offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the repose of John Moran and his speedy flight to the God he loved so well. We shall bless his remains and the very ground that he shall be burried in as we would hope that his soul will be hastened to God by our prayers of interecession and his body will rise on the last day to join his soul in that kingdom which St. Paul declares is indescribable. A famous American author once wrote: "You can never go home again." While this is true as regards our earthly desires to sometimes return to the happiness of our youth and our parents' home, there will never be a true home for any of us until we can say when we see the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: "Home at last forever with the city that does not die, the place where there are no more tears, and in the case of the great of heart, there are no more heart failures to end our feeble human life."
Although we express to Fred, Pat, Sarah, Mary Margaret, relatives and friends, and particularly to Sue, her mother and sister our deep sympathies, we find it difficult to mourn as we are humanly certain that eternal rest will be granted to John Francis Moran and perpetual light shines upon him.
As a short note, my wife, Gail Mitchell (the younger sister of Sue Moran) and I have been preparing the house that Johnny and Sue built over fifty years ago for sale. In this effort, we found Johnny's obituary published by The Nasville Banner on July 11, 1974 and this wonderful Funeral Eulogy delivered by Reverend Monsignor Leo C. Siener.
Sue Jordan Moran Sells (1930 - 2008)*
Plot: Section 2 Plot 112
Created by: Jack Mitchell
Record added: Sep 30, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59437608