John P. Moran

October 1, 1957June 16, 2017

John P. Moran, a longtime resident of Portsmouth, RI and Eastham, MA passed away peacefully at Cape Cod Hospital on June 16, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at the age of 59. John was the son of Dr. Joseph F. Moran, Jr and the late Audrey P. Moran of Eastham.

John spent his younger years living in up-state New York and Connecticut before moving to Massachusetts. In high school, John earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 83. His service project located at Herring Pond in Eastham, restored the herring run to the pond and restocked the pond with herring under the guidance of Shellfish Constable Phil Schwind. After graduating from Nauset Regional High School in 1975, he graduated in in 1977 from Cape Cod Community College and complete his studies at Westfield State, earning his Bachelor of Science in 1981.

John worked for a time as a Natural Resource Officer/ Shellfish Constable in Eastham and upon graduation from college, embarked on a long career as a commercial fisherman in MA and RI. Before retiring to Cape Cod, John worked at a small local farm in RI; assisting many families and school groups as a guide in the corn maze.

John loved spending time with his family, exploring nature, backpacking trails in Europe, and providing freshly caught shellfish for family gatherings. He enjoyed caring for his pet cat Ramkitty, visiting flea markets, antique shops and was an avid fan of the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots.

John is predeceased by his mother Audrey P. Moran, his aunt Phyllis Moran and his uncle Dr. John Driscoll. He is survived by his father Joseph; siblings Kathleen Moran-Wallace and her husband William of Methuen, Bridget Moran of Eastham, Mary Moran-Chenevert and husband Donald of Harwich and Brian Moran and wife Emmy Hahn of Marblehead; nephews and nieces, Rev. Christopher Wallace of Amesbury, Michael Wallace of Methuen, Jill and Timothy Chenevert of Harwich, Cecelia and Joseph Moran of Marblehead, his uncle Dr. James P. Moran of Eastham and Nettle’s Island, FL; Dr. Robert F. Moran and his wife Marianne of Methuen, his aunt Sandra Driscoll of Kingston; his former wife Judith St. Martin, as well as many cousins. The funeral mass will take place on Wednesday, June 28 at 11:00am at St. Joan of Arc Church, 61 Canal Road, Orleans, MA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Joan of Arc Conference, 61 Canal Road, Orleans, MA 02653. For online condolences, please visit


  • Memorial Mass Wednesday, June 28, 2017
  • Committal Service Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Mark Adley

July 16, 2017

Mark Adley

July 16, 2017

John grew up with my brother Pete and I during our childhood and we spent many great times together. Pete and I remembered all the good times fondly of our times together well into our mid fifties. We lost Pete a few years ago to brain cancer at 57 and I can relate to your loss. I see that we lost Audrey as well back in 2013. I am so sorry to hear of all this. May the great memories of your lives together comfort you at this time.

Judy Scanlon

July 1, 2017

I am saddened by the news of John's passing. Though it has been years since I have seen John, we were fellow classmates at Nauset, and 4 C's and had classes together. He was a steward of the environment from a very early age. I went on in marine biology, and have been involved with coordinating the Orleans herring count program for 10 years, so we had similar interests. I remember him as a kind person, with a natural curiosity for all things nature. He did many great things, and obviously touched many hearts in his short time on earth. He definitely made a difference. My husband Sigurd Winslow (Nauset 1976) and I extend our deepest sympathies to John's immediate and extended family and friends. In Light and Love.

Judy St Martin

June 24, 2017

Words are just not adequate to express the love I have for you John and always will have. We shared so much together - you brought love, joy, kindness, honesty, compassion and your love for family, friends and animals to a world that is not always loving and kind.
We shared many moments of joy and sorrow and love and a bond that will never be broken. God wanted you John to come to His Kingdom now...He has plans for you and you are free.. We will be together again. I don't know if there is fishing in heaven but I know you will be an angel of the ocean and watching over those fishermen down here!
I send my love and prayers to your family who have always been my family and treated me as one of their own I love you all and am glad we are still together.

Scott Thomas

June 23, 2017

I am greatly saddened to hear of John's passing. Although life drifted us apart over the years,I consider him a true friend with whom I have some wonderful memories to reflect upon forever.As I write this I smile while having a very heavy heart.We had some great adventures for sure! I extend to all of you my most sincere condolences. To my friend, I wish you eternal peace and happiness. Scotty

Tab Proudfoot

June 21, 2017

We were saddened to hear that John passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
The Proudfoot Family

The Staff of Nickerson Funeral Home

June 20, 2017

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.