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John J. Moran II, attorney

He had practiced in York, Pa.

By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

5:33 PM EDT, October 29, 2013

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John J. Moran II, a Baltimore-born attorney who practiced in York, Pa., died of an apparent heart attack Monday at his home in Hallam, Pa. He was 66.

The son of John J. Moran, an orchestra leader, and Grace Eleanor Schweitzer, who ran a neighborhood grocery store, he grew up in Beechfield. He attended St. Joseph's Monastery School and was a 1965 graduate of Mount St. Joseph's High School. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Baltimore, where he also received a law degree.

During his student years, Mr. Moran lived on Tyson Street in Mount Vernon. He worked at Super Liquors on U.S. 40.

He established a law practice in York nearly 40 years ago, working in criminal law.

"Jack was always a friend of the downtrodden," said his sister, Pat Moran, a film and television casting director who lives in Mount Vernon. "He was kind and sincere, and if he believed his client was innocent, he would go to the ends of the earth."

A member of the Lancaster Polo Club, Mr. Moran played polo and owned several ponies he kept at his Hallam farm. He also visited Ireland with family members and maintained dual U.S.-Irish citizenship. His grandmother, Katherine Rowley Moran, was from County Mayo, Ireland.

He also was a dog fancier and had Jack Russell terriers.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Passionist Monastery, Old Frederick Road and Monastery Avenue in Irvington.

In addition to his sister, survivors include a son, Thomas O'Halloran of Lancaster, Pa.; and three brothers, Dennis Moran of Catonsville, Timothy Moran of Ellicott City and Shawn Moran of Pasadena.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com