Brian L. Moran, 70, of Bristol passed away on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 at his home after a long illness.
He was born January 1, 1946 in Bristol, the son of the late Lewis and Gladys (Barnes) Moran.
A veteran of the Vietnam War, Brian served in the U.S Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Boxer.
He retired from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft after 46 years of service. At Pratt and Whitney he was known as an especially skilled machinist and set-up man, and he was on occasion consulted by the company’s engineers to solve complicated issues of fabrication. He was also a committed member of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Works AFL-CIO, and he served as a shop steward for the union.
In his spare time, Brian was an active member of the CT Valley Riders Motorcycle Club, where he was nicknamed “Shortster” and known for his flame-red Harley and his mane of flowing white hair.
An avid fan of the Red Sox and a follower of mystery novels and television crime dramas, Brian kept his own counsel and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, eating at Saints, and tooling around in his Chevy pick-up with a cup of Dunkin Donuts and a Winston always close at hand. For many years, he shared an apartment with his devoted son Kevin. In earlier days he was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and boating.
Brian is survived by a sister, Joyce Martino and husband William of Southington; eight nieces and nephews, Gail Duffy, Greg Martino, Janice Longer, Maureen Cote, Faye McBriety, Michael and Paul Dornfried and Lisa DiPinto, several great- nieces and nephews and his former wife, Linda Moran.
He was predeceased by his son, Kevin Moran and a sister, Ruth Dornfried.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be prior to the service starting at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hospice of Bristol Hospital, P.O. Box 977, Bristol, CT 06010. For online condolences and directions please visit, www.dellavecchiafh.com