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Michael Moran

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Michael Moran

Place of birth: Long Beach, California

Religious affiliation: Christian

Michael was raised in California. He joined the military , Army, in 1967 where he became a helicopter pilot and was assigned to both Vietnam and Germany. Upon leaving the military he became involved in the commercial world of helicopters and flew for Bristow Helicopters, a British company,  for 25 years. He developed a great love of flying and became a highly respected and proficient pilot. Michael traveled around the world, living and working in many countries including Scotland, England, Iran, Dubai, China, Indonesia, Singapore,  Papua New Guinea and Nigeria. Michael’s first marriage gave him two wonderful children, Sean (now living in Hong Kong with his family) and Erin ( living in California with her family). Michael married Daphne in Singapore in 1986 and they adopted a beautiful baby girl, Susannah, in Bangkok, Thailand in 1987.  Following the diagnosis of early onset Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in 1998, Michael had to relinquish his pilot’s license. The family then moved from Nigeria to Florida where Michael was employed by Flight Safety International in West Palm Beach as a flight instructor in their flight simulators. In 2009 the ever-progressing PD forced him into retirement. In 2014 whilst undergoing Deep Brain Stimulation to aid the PD, three brain tumors were discovered. The melanoma he had been treated for in 2003 had metastasized and traveled to his brain and liver. Immunotherapy prolonged his life for over two years but left him with extreme fatigue and debilitating side effects. Throughout these last two years when his quality of life was so poor, he showed such fortitude and never complained.  He always managed to find humor, something which was an infinite part of the Michael Moran everyone loved so dearly. 

Funeral Notice Detail

Michael will be laid to rest at the South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 South State Road 7, Lake Worth on Friday March 10th, 2017, at 11.30 am (Lane 3). In lieu of flowers, should you wish, contributions to the National Parkinson Foundation are preferred and appreciated. All donations can be made in Tribute to Michael Moran. Online : Mail: National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street Suite 800, Miami Fl 33131 Phone: 1 (800) 473-4636 Following this short ceremony there will be a celebration of his life at his home in Palm Beach Gardens (call ( 561) 691-0373 for address) from 2.00-4.00 pm. This will be a time we can remember the many good times we have all had with Michael. We would love for people to share their own remembrances of him and in doing so there will be inevitable warmth, comfort and humor; he always brought joy and laughter. This should not be a sad time; Michael would want us to remember him with a smile on our faces. Being the colorful person he always was do not be afraid to dress accordingly; he would not have wanted a "black" day, but one of color and levity. He was an incredibly unique, affable and wonderful man who touched so many people, old and young and his spirit will surely live on in us all. 

A Memorial Service will be held at

South Florida National Cemetery

6501 South State Road 7

Lake Worth , FL 33449

On: Mar 10, 2017 — At: 11:30 AM

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