Obit: Francis Edward “Frank” Moran – September 28, 2011

Francis Edward “Frank” Moran, 90, was born in West Roxbury to pre deceased Leslie (Palais) and J. Francis Moran. Frank grew up during the great depression. Having lost his own father at an early age to the tuberculosis epidemic of the 1920’s, Frank found companionship and mentoring in the Boy Scouts of America. He received their highest honor, that of Eagle Scout.

He served our country in WWII in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Upon his return he received a degree in business from Boston University. His adult life was inspired and informed by the life of President John Kennedy. He worked most of his life in management and sales within the liquor industry. After his retirement he sold real estate in the Needham area. His favorite past time was spending time with his family, completing the Globe’s daily crossword puzzle, as well as, enjoying a good game of golf. Always a man with great style, Frank lived in Needham, Manchester By the Sea, and lastly Southborough with his wife of 56 years, Mary Frances (Penny).

He is survived by his devoted wife, four loving children and their families: his daughter, Susan Moran and husband Hank Mathieu of Hadley, MA, his son, Sean Moran and wife Ann of Norfolk, MA, his son, Brian Moran and partner Antoinette Fecteau of Franklin, MA and his daughter, Sheila Coomey and husband Daniel Coomey of Shrewsbury, MA. He is also survived by seven cherished grandchildren: Cameron, Gregory and Olivia Mathieu, Christopher and Kevin Moran, and Erin and Daniel Coomey, His brother, Robert (predeceased 2005), and is survived by his sister-in-law, Ann Moran and nephew, Christopher Moran of Sudbury. He also is survived by his brother-in-law, John Penney and wife Mary of Scituate; sister-in-law, Patricia (Penny) Allen and her husband Don of Needham as well as other nieces and nephews.

Frank possessed the rare personal qualities of tenacity and optimism. His life lessons from childhood resulted in a passionate engagement with all whom he loved. Frank lived for his wife and children. For that reason he left this earth on September 28 on the wings of Angels.

He was buried with military honors in the National Cemetery in Bourne, MA. A private memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Monastery of St. Clare of Jamaica Plain or the Paralyzed Veterans Association.

The Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Shrewsbury is assisting the family with the arrangements, which are incomplete.

(Obituary courtesy of Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home)

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