By the family
Feb. 1, 2023: John Charles “Jack” Moran, longtime resident of Bronxville, New York, died on January 24,2023. He was ninety-six. Jack was born in 1926 in New York, the son of Madeline and Christopher Moran.
Jack loved life. He was a uniquely gregarious, positive, open, and accepting person. His insatiable, infectious curiosity about others led him to make friends with all he met.
Jack is survived by his wife of 70 years, Elizabeth “Liz” Moran (née Cowan); his four children John Moran (wife Alexandra) of Fairfield, CT, David Moran of Tromsø, Norway, Elizabeth “Lissa” Moran Barry of Cleveland, Ohio and New York City, and Douglas Moran (wife Josefina) of Brooklyn, New York.
He was also a devoted grandfather to six boys: Robin and Griffin Moran (and wife Jenny Kramer), Aidan and Kevin Moran and Timothy and Matthew Barry – and proud great-grandfather to Ryan and Cassidy Moran.
Jack attended Bryant High School in Queens, New York, where he excelled at track and field. After Bryant, he attended Manhattan College and spent two years in the U.S. Army.
After Liz and Jack were married in 1952, they raised their family in Bronxville, socializing with a large circle of lifelong friends, with whom they spent many happy winters skiing in Stratton, Vermont and sunning on the beaches of Long Island.
Jack spent most of his career in the garment industry, eventually founding his own firm, Hampton Hall, dedicated to the design and creation of “logo” ties and scarves.
In addition to his close and loving relationship with his family, Jack’s driving passions in life were running, art and travel.
Jack ran many marathons. His many accomplishments as a long-distance runner reached an apex, when at age 55, he completed the New York City marathon in 2 hours and 57 minutes.
Jack was also a talented artist. In 2012, he was given a “retrospective” exhibition at the Bronxville Women’s Club. It was a show of which he was justifiably proud, as were his family and friends, who were able to attend and celebrate this achievement.
Jack treated his art not as a hobby but as a serious vocation.
He took lessons at the Pelham Art Center. Some of Jack’s best and most personal works came late in his artistic career with wonderful experiments in color, composition, and abstract expressionist gesture.
Finally, Jack was able to combine his curiosity about people and the world, his love of art and his interest in history and culture, planning many wonderful trips with Liz over the years. Jack lived a long, fulfilling life. The essential lesson his life will leave with his family - and the many others whose lives he has touched over the years - is to remain positive – to love deeply – and to grasp life’s joys and pleasures whenever one can. He will be deeply missed.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Pelham Arts Center, 155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham, New York 10803 - or Jansen Hospice, 670 Post Road, Scarsdale, New York 10583.