SHELTON, Conn. - Thomas J. Moran Jr. of Shelton, owner of TJ Moran’s restaurant in Westport, died Nov. 15. He was 85.
Moran was born Jan 25, 1928, in Scranton, Pa., son of Thomas J. Moran Sr. and Florence Riley Moran. A musical prodigy, he began playing the piano at age 5 and was invited to attend The Juilliard School. At the age of 16, he began touring with the Dorsey Brothers, Glenn Miller, Gene Krupa and Benny Goodman. He was the owner of TJ Moran’s in Westport for several years.
Moran is survived by his children, Mary Beth Nelsen (Keith), Patricia Moran, Peggy Freeman (Patrick), Tom Moran, Michael Moran (Kate), Susan Kovacs and Nancy Rogers; 12 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; first wife, Irene Moran; and second wife, Harriet Moran. He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Carole Moran; daughter, Colleen Taylor; infant children, Matthew and Anne; and granddaughter, Renay Troia.
There will be a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 135 Mountain Road, Seymour.
Donations are suggested in Moran’s name to the Salvation Army to help those affected.
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