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Estero resident Edward F. Moran, Jr., 89, died September 24, 2022. Ed was born and raised on Staten Island, New York, where he served in church as an altar boy. He graduated from Saint Peters College (now University) in Jersey City, NJ, in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medical. He was accepted to medical school, but, lacking funding, and refusing to let his parents take a second mortgage to pay for it, decided to become a science teacher. He took courses and received his Master of Science in Education degree at Staten Island’s Wagner College.
Ed spent his career teaching science on Staten Island, first at New Dorp High School, and later at Edwin Markham Intermediate School 51, where he served as assistant principal and as chairman of the local chapter of the United Federation of Teachers.
In the late 60s, with pointers and an occasional hand from a friend who was a builder and retired wood shop teacher, Ed personally built a bungalow near a lake at the Jersey shore to get his three kids out of the city during the summers and long weekends. There, they swam, fished, crabbed, rowed, played tennis, chopped wood, camped, hiked, and biked to their hearts’ content.
After being widowed in 1979, he married his wife of 39 years, Linda, in 1983.
He is survived by his loving wife Linda, his sons, Ed and Tom, his daughter Betsy (Reeder), his two step-sons, Steve and Kenny Schmidt, and nine grandchildren.
Ed was a strong proponent of education, hard work, and honesty. He was an avid reader, and his interests were many and varied, from following the financial markets, current events, science, and history, to woodworking, gardening, wine making, and traveling. In later life, he retired to Southwest Florida and continued to enjoy travelling, including camping and cruising with his wife and extended family.