James William Moran – Post Bulletin


James William Moran, of Eyota, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2021, aged 83. Jim was born to Daniel and Elizabeth Moran in 1938 in New London, Connecticut. He married Janet Lea McGaw in 1957 and eventually settled in Eyota, Minnesota, where they raised their six children.

Jim had a career spanning over 30 years at IBM as a successful computer programmer and project manager. Jim managed the development of the IBM 390 minicomputer and AS / 400 computer system, held several patents, and developed lifelong friendships through his work at IBM. Jim retired at the age of 51 which allowed him to pursue his hobbies and volunteer efforts.

Jim’s interests in woodworking, boating, and backcountry camping were ubiquitous in his daily life. His love of the outdoors has been exemplified by his conservation efforts such as reforestation on his own property and his volunteer work with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. His fascination with boat design and innovative craftsmanship led him to write and publish a book called “How to Build a Kevlar Canoe”, after building many canoes himself.

Jim loved to observe the stars and spent many hours explaining the stars, constellations, and mysteries of the universe to his children and grandchildren, bringing an amazing perspective on life to the greatest expanse of time and space. space. Her mentorship to her children and grandchildren was provided by the many hours of wisdom and advice given in her carpentry shop, around a campfire and during auto repairs. He was a source of great wisdom which he gained through life experience, relationships, and adventures.

Jim has paid a lot up front by helping and volunteering at the Mayo Clinic Visitor Information Center and Rochester Reading Center. He was aware of his impending dementia and chose to allow medical research to progress according to his personal journey, participating in studies at the Alzheimer’s Research Center at the Mayo Clinic.

Jim was predeceased by his parents and older brother Daniel, daughter Kelly (John) Key and son Thomas (Liz) Moran. Survivors include his wife Janet, son Patrick (Heidi) Moran and daughters Colleen Storino (Darrell), Mary (Bill) Sheehan and Kathleen (Tony) Grassi. Jim was loved by ten grandchildren, including Mallory and Ryan Moran, Katie (Brian) Anderson, Erik (Michelle) Walters, Christine Storino, Emily Sheehan, Hanna (Billy) Wolski and Olivia, Kayla and Michael Grassi. He also had five great-grandchildren: Sarah, Derek, Mette and Brice Anderson; and Noëlle Walters. He is also survived by his brothers Robert and Bruce of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

A Renaissance man, Jim was admired and loved by his family and friends, and he will be sadly missed by all.

The family would like to thank the excellent care provided by the staff at Cottagewood Senior Community over the past eight months, and by the staff at Seasons Hospice in Rochester. Private funeral services will be held at a later date.


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