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Joseph Charles Moran III of Madison passed away on Nov. 29 at home. He was born on Aug. 29, 1950, in Patterson, New Jersey, the son of Joseph Charles Moran, Jr., and Ann (Johnson) Moran.
Joseph is survived by many who loved and cherished him, his wife Sheila of 39 years; children Joseph Moran IV (Kristina) of East Haven, Bri McKinnon (Christopher) of Clinton, and Patrick Moran (Lindsy Rothman) of San Diego, California; his sister “Sissy” Janel Crowe (Jim), of San Diego, California; grandchildren Julia Moran and James McKinnon; and many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his younger brother Robert Moran.
Joseph was a graduate of Pope Pious XII Diocesan High School and a 1973 graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a BA in civil engineering. He had an impressive career as vice president of operations at SBC Telecom for 28 years. His accomplishments in both academics and his career were admired by many. His career led him to California, where he and his wife raised their three children for 20 years before settling back east in Madison.
The hippie-at-heart grew up in New Jersey with a love for playing sports, playing the guitar, and driving his motorcycle. When not following his beloved New York Yankees, Joe loved raising his family in California, enjoying his boat, camping, fishing, and traveling to their family cabin. Some of his fondest memories were playing golf regularly with his sons on the golf course they knew as their “backyard,” and spending countless father-daughter time with his “Peaches,” who had him wrapped around her fingers. Joe’s favorite and proudest title in life was poppy to his two grandchildren. Above all else, Joe adored his beautiful wife Sheila for her endless support and palpable sacrifices, building endless memories raising their family together. His spontaneous and cheeky sense of humor will be missed by many.
“I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball... The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.” -Babe Ruth
Calling hours will be held on Friday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swan Funeral Home, 825 Boston Post Rd., Madison. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. in St. Margaret Church, 24 Academy St., Madison. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Branford Compassion Club, 2037 Foxon Rd., N. Branford, CT 06471.
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