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Obituary for John Vincent Moroney

John Vincent Moroney left this world on September 26, 2017 to join his beloved wife and son for eternity. He wanted to write his own obituary so that his children wouldn't have to. He was a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant. He was preceded in death by his loving spouse, Nancy, and his son Steven. He is survived by his 4 children, Jenna Whitney, Chris Moroney, Melanie Resch, and Sarah-Ann Fraatz as well as 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. After retiring from the military, John stayed in Panama City for over 20 years. He moved to Maryland to be close to better medical care for Nancy and as it turned out, for himself too. After moving to Maryland, he tried to make his wife's final days as enjoyable as possible. Along with his daughter Jenna, they went to baseball games, local dinner theater, grandchildren's school events, and amusement parks. His life after his wife passed away was centered on his family, especially his grandchildren. Hopefully they enjoyed the company of a sometime grumpy old guy. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation.

A note from John’s children: Dad wrote the above obituary just a few months before his passing. He planned ahead, in the hopes that his death wouldn’t be a burden on anyone. He was always so worried about being a burden, yet he never was. Dad died from complications of gastric cancer, but he truly lived his life to fullest right up until the end. In the last six months of his life, he juggled his chemo schedule with trips to Florida, California, Boston, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the Big Apple and last but definitely not least, Cooperstown, New York for a VIP tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame just a couple of weeks ago. He sought out family members that he hadn’t seen in years and made every effort to spend time with them and build memories.

Dad’s entire life revolved around caring for his family. Dad typically worked two jobs, often two full-time jobs, to support his family. We never heard him complain about this. He enjoyed his work families too; he spent a lot of time with them and built lasting friendships. Anyone who knew Dad knew that his wife and our mother, Nancy, was the absolute love of his life. When her health began to rapidly decline as she battled Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, he cared for her round the clock and made sure that she wanted for nothing. She died just last year. We think that Mom needed Dad more than we did, and that she has been pulling him to her since that time. Dad was diagnosed with gastric cancer just months after her passing.

Dad’s heart was pure gold. Everyone who knew him loved him. The last two weeks of his life were spent at Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was loved and cared for by an absolute amazing team of doctors, nurses and patient care technicians. From the emergency room, to the ICU, and finally to the Oncology floor of the hospital, he received the utmost professional, yet compassionate care. We can’t thank these people enough for making his last weeks as comfortable as possible.

Dad was an optimist to the end. He had a very strong faith and read daily devotionals from a book that his brother, Vincent, gave him. An excerpt from the last devotional he read said, “Pour all of your energy into trusting Me. It is through trust that you stay connected to Me, aware of My Presence. Every step of your life-journey can be a step of faith. Baby steps of trust are simple for you; you take them with almost unconscious ease. Giant steps are another matter altogether: leaping across chasms in semidarkness, scaling cliffs of uncertainty, trudging through the valley of the shadow of death. These feats require sheer concentration, as well as utter commitment to Me.”

We have faith that Dad’s commitment to Christ gave him peace in the end. That his life was purposeful and his legacy will endure through his family. He was a good man, a great man; the best father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend that any of us could ask for. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to John Vincent Moroney.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M., Friday, October 6, 2017 in the chapel at Heritage Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at Buckhorn cemetery, in Wewahitchka, FL.


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Visitation

Friday

6

Oct

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Heritage Funeral Home and Cremation Services

247 N. Tyndall Parkway
Panama City, FL 32404

Graveside

Friday

6

Oct

11:00 AM
Buckhorn Cemetery

Bryan Setterich Road
Wewahitchka, FL 32465

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Buckhorn Cemetery

Bryan Setterich Road
Wewahitchka, FL 32465

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