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William Walter Moran

June 29, 1949 ~ February 26, 2022 (age 72)

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William Walter Moran, 72, of Waynesboro passed away on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the Shenandoah House in Fishersville.  

 He was born in Colchester, VT, on June 29, 1949, a son of the late William Joseph and Margaret Regina (Boyle) Moran. Will graduated from Enfield High School in Enfield, CT in 1967. He went on to graduate in 1974 from Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT. Will began his career as a Certified Respiratory Therapist in 1975 and later became a Registered Respiratory Therapist in 1983. He retired in December 2013 from Augusta Health where he served as the Director of Respiratory Care Services for 37 years.

In addition to his career, Will served for six years in the United States Air Force obtaining the rank of Staff Sergeant serving as a missile guidance and control specialist. In 1973, he was honorably discharged. He was a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care for 39 years and was a licensed health care professional in the state of Virginia.

Aside from his military service and professional accomplishments, Will also served his community by volunteering as a Special Olympics weight lifting coach at the Waynesboro YMCA. Weight lifting was one of his favorite hobbies. Will was a very caring person. He always made sure that everyone he cared about had everything they needed.  His greatest joy was family and being a “Pappy” to them all.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Charlene Kay Moran who passed away in 1997. They were married 23 years.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 21 years, Hazel Stilley Moran; children: Darryl W. Moran and fiancée, Jessi Sanderson of Crozet, Kathleen O. Jeremiah and husband, Ian Jeremiah of Richmond, and Andrew L. Ocheltree and wife, Channa Ocheltree of Stuarts Draft; six grandchildren: Camille, Michaila, Mabel, Harrison, Josephine, and Drezden; two precious Westie pups, Mack and Marley; a brother, Jeffrey D. Moran; Nephew, Shayne J. Moran; Goddaughter, Kathleen Boyle Arnold all of Enfield, CT;  brothers-in-law, Gary A. Rankin of Waynesboro and James L. Stilley and wife, Lis of Puyallup, WA;  as well as extended family and friends.

He always said the best day in his life was dancing with his daughter at her wedding, and the one thing he wanted most of all was to live long enough to dance with his granddaughters at their weddings.

A  Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2022, St. Patrick’s Day, at Charlton and Groome Funeral Home with Chaplain Matthew C. At Lee officiating. Those attending are welcome to wear green in honor of Will’s heritage.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Cooper, Mike Kennedy, Jeff Long, Marc Loomis, Bobby Mankus, Gary Roberson, and Darrell Switzer.

The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home and other times at the residence, 142 Sunnyfield Ln., Waynesboro, VA 22980.

Memorial contributions may be made online to Colorectal Cancer Alliance by visiting  and/or Special Olympics Virginia,

A special thank you to Augusta Health individuals who cared for Will, and those who cared about him. Special appreciation to Lynette Hughes and Christian Darragh.

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 Service Program


Celebration of Life
March 17, 2022

5:00 PM


Colorectal Cancer Alliance

Special Olympics Virginia
3212 Skipworth Rd. Suite 100, Richmond VA 23294

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