William Harold Moran Sr., age 90, of Wil-Mar Lane, Rawlings, passed away Monday, December 21, 2015 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV.
Born July 2, 1925 in Westernport, he was the son of the late Edward S. and Sarah (Wilkinson) Moran. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen (Kenny) Moran, a son, William H. Moran Jr., and three brothers, Richard, James, and Charles Moran.
Mr. Moran was a United States Army Veteran, having served his country during World War II. He was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church, Westernport, and a member of Victory Post #155 American Legion, Westernport. He enjoyed farming and raising horses and cattle. He was known for wearing many “hats” in his lifetime. Along with his brothers, he owned Moran Coal Company which is one of the oldest companies in the area. It provided a start in life for many young people. He and Mary Ellen, Mom, his wife of 55 years also started Wil-Mar stables where he raised, trained, and showed one of his greatest loves: horses. As a family, we traveled to many horse shows. After many years, he changed his path to the cattle business and established Wil-Mar Farms where he took unused farm land and turned it into beautiful farm ground in Rawlings, MD. Dad has touched many people in many states throughout the years. Many people he never forgot. If he didn’t remember your real name, he remembered you from a nickname he gave, which he was famous for. Sarge and Jitterbug, just a couple of the many. Dad took care of his family and helped add many to the world’s population; twenty-six grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and thirteen extended great-grandchildren. He was an excellent husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and brother. He had a lovely sense of humor and charming personality, which made him a friend to many over the years. Dad was a hard-worker, selfless, and lived a long, blessed life surrounded by loved ones, friends and family alike. As a family, we are 80 strong and healthy because of he and Mom. He will be missed by all.
He leaves behind his children, Rebecca E. Moran and husband Tom Gleason of Swanton, Richard “Major” Moran and wife Karen of Westernport, Chris Moran and significant other, Rod Bowman of Swanton, Kathleen “Pooh” Broadwater and husband Greg of Rawlings, Michael T.C. Moran of Rawlings, and a brother, Donald E. Moran and wife Virginia of Westernport. He is also survived by twenty six grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, his extended family, Beverly Jackson and husband Bob of Thomasville, GA, Carolyn Kennedy and husband David of Indiana, and thirteen extended great grandchildren.
Friends and family will be received at the Boal Funeral Home, Westernport, on Wednesday, December 23rd from 4 to 8 PM.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peters Catholic Church, Westernport, on Thursday, December 24th at 10:00 AM, with Father Edward Hendricks as celebrant.
Interment will be St. Peters Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Peters Catholic Church, or Warm the Children Fund, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.