Richard ‘Dick’ Moran, 69, enjoyed a successful career as a pilot

Richard 'Dick' Moran
Richard ‘Dick’ Moran

Richard ‘Dick’ Moran, 69, died in his home Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Virginia Beach after a courageous battle with melanoma cancer.

Dick was born Feb. 16, 1949, in Rockville Centre, New York, to his parents, William and Harriet Moran. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Transportation in 1972, where he met his wife Rachel Webster. After college, he enrolled in Naval Officer Candidate School. While serving our country, he flew the A-4, F-4, F-5 and T-38 during his 23 years of both active and reserve duty and was a member of the Navy’s Elite Adversarial Squadron. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain in 1995. While in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Dick was hired by Piedmont Airlines in July of 1981 and spent 32 and a half years flying 737s and Airbus A320, as the company transitioned from Piedmont to US Airways to American Airlines. He retired in 2014 and dedicated his time caring for his family and friends, as well as being an active member at his church, St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

Dick is survived by his wife of 45 years, Rachel Moran; daughter and son-in-law, Meghan and Anthony Newvall; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Kelly Moran; five grandchildren, Quinn, Oliver, Leia, Keegan and Grayson; and sister and brother-in-law, Tom and Patricia Kehler. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Harriet Moran.

Dick lived to serve others. Whether it was through his career as a pilot, hours volunteered at church, or time spent with his family, he never prioritized himself.

A memorial Mass will be held to celebrate his life at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 21, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Virginia Beach. His ashes will be interred at the church’s columbarium. A reception will follow for friends and family at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Melanoma Research Alliance.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments.

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