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Daniel Regis Moran

November 08, 1946 - July 02, 2024


Obituary For Daniel Regis Moran

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde

Daniel Regis Moran was born in Pittsburgh, PA to Thomas & Helen Moran on November 8th, 1946. Dan was the second of six children. From a young age, he was an autodidact with a strong desire to learn. Dan fondly remembered the Carnegie Library, where a kind librarian let him handle books, such as world atlases and historical non-fiction, typically reserved for adults. His interest in both history and travel were threads that carried through his life.

Dan attended South Hills High School and shortly after enlisted in the United States Navy as a Communications Specialist, serving four years on the USS Ranger - completing three tours into the Gulf of Tonkin. After an honorable discharge, Dan seized the opportunity to enroll in an engineering program and went on to work for NASA. During those storied years, he lived on Ascension Island, Madagascar, and Bermuda. In Bermuda, he met his wife-to-be of 40 years, Pamela. She was a pretty nurse from England with a sharp sense of humor and the ability to care for all people. The two married quickly and their son, Nicholas, was born on the island.

Dan was then called to work on NASA Space Shuttle landings in the Mojave Desert. The young family moved to California, where their daughter, Sarah, was born. It was not long before they wished to be near the water again. Dan applied for a transfer to Southern Maryland, where their third child, Megan, was born. They made Maryland their home and enjoyed living by the Chesapeake Bay.

Dan continued his career specializing in Aircraft Carrier engineering, design & specification. He traveled the world for work from San Diego to Singapore to Sydney - bringing home souvenirs his kids treasured. Later in life, Dan and Pam traveled to see their children who had dispersed across the county from Alaska to Florida, returned to the UK & Bermuda, and embarked together from Hawaii to Italy. Dan’s understanding of the larger world added to a rich perspective on life that he shared through his stories.

When his wife Pamela became ill, he upheld his promise to care for her in sickness and in health. The pair managed with grace and dignity. One doctor commented that seeing the two together was like “watching a symphony” - recalling how they completed each other's sentences.

After Pamela’s passing, Dan began consulting part-time for the US Navy. At age 77, he kept up with technology and enjoyed team meetings. When Dan was not dedicated to his work, he was busy visiting family and being completely adored by his four granddaughters, ages 3 to 7.

Daniel was a proud and caring father. He is survived by his son Nicholas Moran, daughter Sarah Moran, son-in-law Anders Vidstrand, daughter Megan Johnson, and son-in-law Kyle Johnson. Daniel is also survived by his four grandchildren Isla, Fiona, Brook, and Sydney; as well as his siblings Robert Moran, Thomas Moran, and Ann Oehling. Dan is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Pamela, his sister Christine Baine, and his brother Joseph Moran.

When Dan passed away, he had a plane ticket booked for his next adventure. He is on a new journey - departed to be at peace with his loving wife and to watch over his family from his place in heaven. Daniel was well-loved and will be dearly missed.

Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Thursday, July 11, 2024 from 4-7 p.m. Funeral prayer on Friday morning at 9:00. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Teresa of Kolkata Parish, St. Catherine of Siena Church at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Heathwell Foundation https://www.healthwellfoundation.org/

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  • July 13, 2024

    Megan, Sarah, Nicholas, and family, Megan I am Heather's grandmother, Beam. Your Dad was such a nice man as well as your Mom. I know you will miss him. I walked in the neighborhood and he would stop and chat when he saw me. He always filled me in on his children and grandchildren. He was very proud of you all. Sending prayers at this difficult time. Hugs.

  • July 12, 2024

    Danny is my brother, my person and my friend. To say I will miss him does not come close to describe the hole left in my heart 💔. I have peace knowing he joins his beloved Pam in Heaven. All my love Annie

  • July 12, 2024

    I remember it was a cold winter day at the jukebox at the Swizzle Inn in Bermuda when Dan met Pam. They were together from then on. The wedding at St. Paul's church in St.Georges Bermuda. The horse and carriages from the church to the reception at The Breakers Club overlooking John Smiths was timed to perfection and a good time was had by all. Dan worked for NASA. above what now is Clear Water Beach. There were many great times at the beach and at Dan and Pam's homes. Nicholas was born in Bermuda and was christened at St.Pauls church , St. George's . Bermuda. Megan was married at the same church and wonderful reception at Southampton Princess. When they left Bermuda it was a sad day. Their family went from strength to strength even with their health issues. I have never seen a more perfect family. You all have my condolences and sympathy.

  • July 11, 2024

    It was such a sudden and unexpected shock to lose Dan. just before we were all going to meet up again. We will always remember our meetings with him and Pamela, on our travels to the USA. we will miss him and will always remember his love for his beloved Pamela, his three lovely children and their families. Our love to you all.

  • July 10, 2024

    My heartfelt condolences to the family of Dan Moran. Dan was a mentor and friend to me. He will be sorely missed by those that knew him, but his memory will always serve as a reminder of what is good and joyful.

  • July 10, 2024

    My condolences to the Moran family. I worked with Dan on several aircraft carriers while they were being built in Newport News, VA. He was the recognized expert for some of the communications systems we installed and tested. When there was a problem, Dan always seemed to have the answer. I recall him many times heading on board with an armful of drawings ensuring systems were right. He and his talents will be missed. Keith B

  • July 10, 2024

    It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Dan. It was an immense shock to us and such a loss. He was a good husband, a good father, a good grandfather, a good brother in law and a great friend. We will miss him so much Brian & Merri Brook

  • July 10, 2024

    I've only gotten to know Dan for the last two years, but Dan was every bit of the way he is being remembered. When Dan came back to work for the Navy he was my mentor and what I enjoyed most was his life stories and memories he has had over the years. While listening to him tell stories and share laughter I would feel as if I was sitting with my own grandfather. Dan will dearly be missed and is greatly appreciated for the time I was able to know him. I pray for all the family and friends that are impacted by this.