Thomas George Moran, 60, of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, in the Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, Del., after a long struggle with diabetes. A 1971 graduate of the University of Connecticut, he then enlisted in the Navy Air Reserve. He married Margaret Mast in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, in 1972 and thus began his lifelong passion of the culinary arts. His first restaurant served fine French cuisine. He went on to serve Washingtonians several years later on E. Street in D.C.
After he was shot during a robbery, he became an insurance salesman and relocated to Oakton, Va. This did not deter him from his life’s calling of being a chef and once he moved to the shore of Delaware he ran the Clubhouse at Cripple Creek Golf Club. He managed the concession at the Indian River Marina and was widely known for his ability to produce the Eastern Shore’s most coveted barbecue and smoked delicacies.
Moran was known above all for his kind demeanor and unparalleled intellect. At 6 feet, 7 inches tall, he was truly a gentle giant. He was an exceptional father, a doting grandfather and a friend to anyone, no matter what station in life. He instilled in his children a strong work ethic and a strong knowledge base in the service industry. More importantly, he led by example in showing his sons, family and friends compassion and unconditional love.
Moran is survived by his parents, Jane and George Moran; his siblings, Linda, Paul and Mark; and his three sons, Joshua, Joel and Keith. Being a grandfather was a role he valued and treasured in his later life.
A memorial service was scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2009.