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Morana, Nicholas J COL USA (Ret) age 98 passed away on February 10, 2024. Devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was born in Boston, Mass to Leah and Joseph Morana on October 16, 1925. At age 12 Morana joined the Boy Scouts of America Troop300 in Washington, DC in 1931. He attended St. Aloysius Grammar School From 1937 to 1939 he participated in a Grammar Bee with 44 other students and was the winner of a 4-year scholarship to Gonzaga College High School. In 1940 he became an Eagle Scout. In 1942 he was selected as the Eagle Scout to express Christmas Greetings to President Roosevelt at the White house on Christmas Eve 1942. In his high school senior year, he was drafted and was assigned to the Army Air Corps and trained as a Radio Operator and gunner on B-17 Flying Fortresses during World War II.
He was discharged in 1946 and entered Georgetown University from which he graduated in 1949. He married Ann Rappa in 1950 and they had six children, Kathryn Calcagni (Michael), Nicholas Jr. (Sue Storer), Joseph, Lucy (Bill Wing), Paul (Lynn) and David (Wendy). Joseph died in a car accident in 1975. He also had 9 Grandchildren: Gina, Melissa, Christine, Anthony, Vincent, Alisha, Sarah, Jessica, and Matt, and 12 great grandchildren.
In 1951 he was employed by the U.S. Army in Washington, DC and Natick, Massachusetts. He worked as a physiologist, military analyst and finally as Chief of Management Employee Relations of the Civilian Personnel Office of the U.S. Army Natick Labs, Natick, Ma.
In 1997 the local Chamber of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year. In 1998 he became a 20-gallon blood donor and in 2002 he received the 10 Who Care Award for Outstanding Community Service from Channel 10 WTSP.
In 2003, he was presented with the Liberty Bell Award by the Hernando County Legal Association for outstanding community involvement.
Morana has also served as Grand Knight of Council 6383 Knights of Columbus, as District Deputy of the K of C. He also served as President of Chapter 1322 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, as President of the local chapter of the Reserve Officers Association and Resident of the local chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. He was a board member of the Spring Hill and Brooksville Regional Hospitals and the Community Advisory Committee of Oak Hill Hospital.
Morana was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the Army Reserve in 1956. He graduated from the US Army Command and General School and The US Army War College and rose to the rank of Colonel. He retired in 1982 and moved to Spring Hill, Florida. In 1983, he was elected President of the Spring Hill Civic Association. He co-founded the Hernando County Enrichment Centers and served as Chairman of its Board of Directors for 25 years.
Morana was Fundraiser for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital for 21 years. He and his wife met with the actor Danny Thomas (Founder of the Hospital) on several occasions.
Morana was also a Board Member for the RSVP Program (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and a member of the Bishop’s Catholic Formation and Education Board. He also co-founded the Hernando County Community Coalition and Ther Hernando County Brotherhood Sisterhood Association and the Hernando County Human Rights Association. In 1990 Morana was awarded the Service to Mankind Award from the local Sertoma Club.
Morana will be buried with full military honors at the National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.
Visitation Wednesday February 14, from 5-7 pm Highpoint chapel, Funeral Mass Thursday February 15 at 10 am St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church with Burial @ Florida National Cemetery.
Downing Funeral Home and Cremation Services 352-515-5319
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation in memory of Nicholas J. Morana to Enrichment Centers of Hernando County, P.O. box 10207, Brooksville, FL 34603