John William Maranda

June 27, 1957June 10, 2020

Niantic- John W. Maranda, 62, of Niantic, CT, husband of Susan (Malinosky) Maranda, passed on June 10, 2020. They shared 34 years of marriage together. He was born in Key West, FL to Helen and Francis Maranda in 1957.

The family moved to Old Lyme, CT where he was raised. John was a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and was a trained chef. He worked in many restaurants in CT and FL until he opened Maranda's Catering with Susan. Together they ran the business for 32 years. John was a rock star in the kitchen. Cooking for him was as natural as breathing. The atmosphere would have more energy and more excitement when John walked in the room. He loved to cook for his friends, who were always willing guests at his table. After retiring, he and Susan spent their time at their beach house in Niantic. John loved the ocean and spent many happy hours boating. He was known for his kindness and a true and giving friend to many.

Besides his wife John leaves his brother Francis and his wife Pat, his sister Jacqueline and her husband Allan and his sister Jeannine. He also leaves his nephew Allan Jr. and his partner Cara, his niece Abby and husband Ryan, his niece Anne and husband Matt, his niece Maggie and husband James, great nieces and nephews, and his beloved puppy Evie. He is no longer in pain. May he Rest In Peace, walk tall and COOK ON!

Donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society. Please visit for tributes.


John William Maranda

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Thomas Riccio

January 30, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Moon. I just found out thru the C.I.A.. John and I were roommates in Miami when we graduated from the C.I.A. He was a joy to work with, and that energy he had. We had not talked to each other for years, but he would always be a brother chef. Rest in peace my friend.
Tom (ratzo) Riccio

Wendy Murray

June 27, 2020

Picture this: 1978 or 1979. Saturday night at the Old Lyme Inn. John Miranda ladeling vinaigrette into a giant stainless steel bowl of greens, tossing it, and putting it onto salad plates with the speed and grace of conductor. Or working side by side the other chefs, creating 3-star meals at the height on the Inn's stature, in the days when Paul Newman and other celebrities dined there. John always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile for the bus girls like me and Kate who had "secret" crushes on him. He'd give in to our requests to top cups of chocolate mousse with fresh whipped cream. I didn't know hm well but throughout my life, as I thought back to those days, John's sweet manner and beautiful smile always came to mind. I am so sad to hear of his passing, but happy to learn he pursued his life's passion.

Thomas Kratzert

June 27, 2020

I just want to express my deepest condolences to Susie, Scoot, Jackie, Allan, Jeannie, and the rest of John's family. I'm so sorry for your loss. John left an indelible mark on my life and took a piece of my heart with him when he left. I'm so grateful for the host of memories I have of time spent with Moon since 1963. He is still with me.

Wendy Lukas

June 24, 2020

My thoughts are with Susan and the Maranda family at this time of sorrow with the passing of John. After knowing John for 58 years the memories are unique and full of fun and laughter. The photo I am sharing is John working at the Black Swan in Old Saybrook that I took while also working there. I am truly grateful to have so many memories of all the years from kindergarten through his retirement and seeing his love for Susan shining through.

Janet Montgomery

June 21, 2020

I express my deepest sympathy to you, Susan, and extended family! My heart aches for all of you!
I did not know John well—-just a few boating instances brought us together.....
Such a friendly, helpful person!
You lost your love, and working partner; for that I am extremely sorry.
God bless you as you venture on.
My love to all!
Janet Montgomery

Phil Fazzino

June 17, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was way too young.
I'm delighted to know he got to enjoy some years of retirement. We shared every class together in elementary school and were roommates at the CIA and yet we still managed to stay out of prison. I have so many memories. My heart goes out to all of you. Phil