In Fond Memory of our Founding Partner – – Thomas P. Moran
We are deeply saddened to announce that Thomas P. Moran, the Founding Partner of Moran Kidd Lyons Johnson Garcia, P.A., passed away on June 8, 2015 at the age of 84.
Thomas P. Moran was a valued leader in the central Florida community who dedicated his life to service to others. Tom Moran was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1930. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts on an ROTC scholarship after which he served in the U.S. Navy. His Naval career included assignments to the Atlantic Fleet Amphibious Forces, the Naval Post Graduate School and a teaching position at the United States Naval Academy where he taught Micro and Macro Economics, Personal Finance and Public Speaking. His time at the Naval Academy was a cherished time in his life. While there, Tom married the love of his life and his wife of over 60 years, Jeanne L. Baril. During this time he also attended Law School at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, taking classes at night and around his busy Naval schedule.
In 1959 he was admitted to the Maryland Bar and began a career at what was then known as the Martin Company (now Lockheed Martin). At Martin, he held several high level positions including Director of Industrial Relations and Labor Counsel for its Commercial Division. He moved to the Orlando area in 1961 in connection with his work at Martin. While at Martin, he studied for and passed the Florida Bar in 1964. Concerned with the significant travel commitments that came with his position at Martin, in 1972 he decided to enter the private practice of law. His career in law spanned more than five decades. He became a valued counselor and business advisor to many businesses that are now fixtures in the central Florida landscape. He was known not only as a legal advisor but as a mentor to many. He touched many lives for the better as people leaned on him for creative problem solving and direct and practical advice. He has left a legacy of business leaders who were guided by him and who sought to emulate not only his business acumen but his commitment to serving others.
Service to others and to his Church was a cornerstone of Tom Moran’s life. During his career he served as Treasurer of the United Way of Central Florida, Secretary/Treasurer of the Metropolitan Orlando Urban League, President of the Bishop Moore Catholic High School Board of Education (eight years) and Program Chairman of Legatus (an organization of Catholic CEOs), Finance Committee Chair for the Church of the Annunciation (in Longwood), and a Senior Consultant for the Justice and Peace Office and the Apopka Family Learning Center, among many other positions. In his over fifty years serving the Catholic Church in Florida he served on building committees of multiple parishes and was a respected advisor to Church leadership. He valued his friends and they valued him. He also believed strongly in loyalty and living by your word. He spent much of the last part of his career watching out for, and caring for, aging members of the Catholic clergy. His passion was to find a caring and safe environment for older members of the clergy to spend their later years after long service to the Catholic Church. He also valued his role as an advisor to Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando.
Tom Moran was a devoted family man who raised five boys, Thomas, Peter, Brian, Michael and Matthew Moran and a daughter, Colleen Moran-Bano. He is also survived by his brother Edward Moran and ten grandchildren, Kevin, Brian, Charlie and Jack Moran, Kiera and Kaitlyn Moran, Christopher and Andrew Bano and Delaney and Grady Moran, of whom he was very proud.
It was said of Tom Moran that he had broad shoulders. He was a person that others could come to with their problems and he would bear the weight of those problems with them and find solutions. To the amazement of many, Tom Moran continued his legal career until the last days of his life. He will be missed by all that had the good fortune to know him.