Remembering Jack Moran

We are deeply saddened to share the news that dedicated volunteer and life-long supporter of the Capital District YMCA, Jack Moran, has died. Much more than for his life-long devotion to the Y, I will miss Jack for the loss of my dear friend and mentor.

As you know, Jack received our Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. That award is given to an individual not only for his commitment to the YMCA but also for his life-long accomplishments in business and the community. That description was perfect for Jack, who became involved with the YMCA when he was a young boy.

Jack started at the Y in the same way so many children do, because it was a safe place where he could have fun. Jack learned how to swim at the Y, how to box, and came to the Y to play basketball. Jack’s journey with the Y has covered almost 80 years.

Jack is one of the original volunteers who helped form the Capital District YMCA, from the 3 independent YMCAs in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy. Throughout his life, Jack continued to volunteer for the Y, most recently as a member of our President’s Emeritus Council.

Jack will be remembered for his love of the Y.

When the Schenectady YMCA was on the verge of bankruptcy, it was Jack who helped organize a small group of men who, including he, loaned the YMCA the money needed to keep the Y open using their own homes as collateral.

At the time we presented Jack with his Lifetime Achievement Award, it was noted that we can never repay him for all that he has done for the Capital Region and the YMCA, and that our community will be forever indebted to him for his tremendous leadership and his tremendous kindness.

Jack lived his life in service to others, and that is rare.

Please keep Jack’s wife Mary Lou and all his family in your thoughts and prayers.