OBITUARY

James "Babe" Shields Moran Jr.

September 18, 1922February 20, 2018

James S. (Babe) Moran, of Northford CT, formerly of Norwich, loving husband of Mary (Betty Yerrington) Moran, joined his heavenly father on February 20, 2018. He was born and raised in his beloved town of Norwich on September 18, 1922, the son of James Shields and Nora (Foley) Moran. He was a graduate of St. Patrick's School and the Norwich Free Academy and attended the University of Connecticut. He played on the NFA basketball team, was captain of the baseball team in 1940 and 1941, and record holder for the track team with his javelin record going unbroken for over 20 years. He also earned four "N's" while at NFA, in baseball, basketball, track and field, and cross country. He then played baseball in the Norwich Leagues for over 25 years. In 1986, he was inducted into the Norwich Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2002 into the NFA Sports Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus for many years. He was a Pharmacist's Mate in the United States Coast Guard from 1942-1945, was then employed as a sales manager for S&H Green Stamps in Norwich, and subsequently moved to Northford and retired after 30 years as a Yellow Pages Directory Manager with the former SNET in New Haven. He was predeceased by his loving wife of sixty-nine years, the former Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Yerrington, his high school sweetheart. He is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Beth and Robert Applegate of Wallingford, Karen and Peter Avery of Windsor, and Patricia Moran and Anthony Marino of Westbrook; three sons and daughters-in-law, James and Kathleen Moran of Katy, Texas, Joseph and Rebecca Moran of Farmington, and Christopher and Kim Moran of Northford; and eleven grandchildren, Daniel (Sara) Avery, Brian (Kate) Avery, David Applegate, Catherine and Christopher Marino, Thomas, and Bridget Moran and Jennifer (Moran) and Stephen DeSimone, Kevin Moran, and Robert and Catherine Moran, and six great-grandchildren, Charles, Penny, Beatrice, and Ruby Avery and Olive and Tristan DeSimone. Babe took great pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren, who surrounded him with their love and affection. He was predeceased by an infant sister Theresa. He will be remembered with love by all those whose lives he touched, and greatly missed by his special friends, Jeff, Mark, Shawn, John, and Tom and his friends of over thirty years at the Foxwoods Poker Room. His family will receive relatives and friends during calling hours on Feb. 25th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Labenski Funeral Home, 107 Boswell Ave., Norwich, CT The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Norwich, CT. on Monday February 26 at 10:00 am. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Norwich. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice or to Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, CT.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Vistiation Sunday, February 25, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, February 26, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Internment
REMEMBERING

James "Babe" Shields Moran Jr.

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Ravi Desingh

February 26, 2018

No words to define your loss, nobody can fill that void space he had left behind. Time will be the best healer...... My prayers are with you and your family. may his soul rest in peace

Jan (LaFountain) and Ron Melnik

February 25, 2018

We were so sorry to learn of your dad's passing, Patty. He will be deeply missed by the many people that he touched throughout a life very well lived. He embodied so many lovely qualities--always making your home a welcome place to everyone! I remember fondly so many wonderful times there (and the basketball games!). I'm sure you and your brothers and sisters hold very special memories that will help to ease some of the pain. Sending much love and hugs.

Rocky Kopylec

February 24, 2018

Marybeth and Patti,
Please know that Caroline and I wish to express our deepest sympathies! Your families are in our prayers,
God bless and know that dad is with our heavenly Father.
Rocky and Caroline Kopylec

Melanie Cenkus

February 24, 2018

Patti Moran and family, my prayers go out to you as you make you way through difficult loss. Love and hugs, Melanie Cenkus

February 23, 2018

Mary Beth and Family,
Our families shared a duplex on Slater Avenue during the 1950's and your Dad shared his orange juice with me. I'll toast my next glass of orange juice.to Babe Moran. My heartfelt sympathy for your loss and my joy for your having such a man as a father.
Sincerely,
Richard P. Moran
Ben Lomond, California

February 23, 2018

To the Moran Family; The Silver Fox-I am better for knowing him.

With condolences,
Jay Cannon

dennis riley

February 23, 2018

I extend condolences to Babe's family...he was one of the greatest athletes at NFA and a fine individual in the fullest meaning of those words...he was about a decade older than me but I met him during his telephone company days here in Norwich and during lunchtime breaks at the billards center in Franklin square...I was pleased to be part of the movement that brought him to membership in the Norwich Sports Hall of Fame--something that was long overdue...

February 23, 2018

Joe and Becky, My sincere condolences for your loss. May you find comfort with the knowledge that he led a long rich life.

John Caneira (Southington CT)

February 23, 2018

On behalf of President and Head of School, Christian Cashman, I offer my deepest sympathy on the passing of James Moran. James, along with his grandson Dan Avery '97 and his wife Sara Demos Avery is a valued member of the Northwest Catholic community, so we mourn James's loss along with all who love him. Please know that we will remember James and his entire family in a special way at our next school-wide Mass. We are very sorry for your loss. ~ Jane Leary, Director of Constituent Relations, Northwest Catholic High School.

LORI COHEN

February 23, 2018

TO THE FAMILY OF MR.MORAN;
I AM VERY SORRY TO HAVE READ
ON MY COMPUTER ABOUT YOUR LOSS.I KNEW MRS.MORAN FOR A LONG TIME,SHE WAS A VERY SWEET PERSON.ALL OF YOU WILL
ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND
PRAYERS.MAY HE REST IN PEACE.