Tom Moran was born in South Buffalo on October 1, 1968 to James and Helen (Mannion) Moran. He was the youngest of 6 children, having one sister, the late Kathleen, and four brothers, James (Darlene), Kevin, Brian (Julie) and Terry. Tom attended St. Ambrose Grammar School, Bishop Timon High School, and graduated from SUNY Brockport.
He married Kelly Buczkowski. They met in kindergarten and went through grammar school together. They were lifelong friends who eventually were married at St. Ambrose Church in November of 1999. They went on to have two beautiful daughters, Ava who is 13 years old, and Lila who is 9 years old. He is the son-in-law of Joanne (Geary) Buczkowski and the late Stanley Buczkowski and the brother-in-law of Michael (Diane) Buczkowski and Kathy (Tim) Driscoll.
Tom was a 25-year member of the Buffalo Police Department and served as a Patrol Officer, Lieutenant, Underwater Recovery Team Commander, and lastly as the Chief of A District for five years.
Tom was an avid sports fan. His favorite thing to do in the summer was to head to the ballpark and watch the Buffalo Bisons play ball. He also was a lifelong Bills season ticket holder and never wanted to give up his seats even when they didn’t win. He said he would give them up to his kids when they were old enough to go. He also was a huge Boston Red Sox and Buffalo Sabres fan.
Tom was a friend to many, always helping out when needed or relishing in something good that happened for them. He often bragged to friends about his other friends and their accomplishments as a remarkable Police Officer or an accomplished Diver on the Police Dive Team.
Some of Tom’s best times as a Police Officer were when he was stationed at C District. He often said they were “magic days with magic people” of a great platoon and was so proud of all they accomplished. He was even more proud of the friendships and bonds he made there. He also loved being on the Underwater Recovery Team. He loved to dive and to be part of a special group of people that understood the seriousness of what they were up against and the satisfaction of a successful save or recovery that would mean so much to help solve a crime or help someone’s family.
Then came Tom’s time as the A District Police Chief. He always wanted to make things better for everyone, the people of the neighborhood and the for the Police Officers and staff that he worked with. He worked tirelessly as a Chief, 24 hours a day. He said he was only as good as the people he worked with and there was no place he would rather be at that point in his career. He loved being in South Buffalo, the neighbored where he lived and grew up – it was where is heart was. As the A District Chief, Tom was instrumental in helping the Valley Community Association with the organization and police detail assigned to the “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Kelly, Ava, and Lila were the cornerstone of his life. He loved to watch Ava and Lila play basketball, soccer, softball and to watch them at their dance recitals. He used to joke that they got their sports ability from their mom and their dance moves from him. Before the kids were born, he and Kelly would jump in the car and drive to catch a baseball game and they never missed a Bills home game until the babies came along, which was their dream come true! The two of them just enjoyed being home and in the summer on their front porch hanging out with family and friends and always considered themselves lucky that they knew each for their entire lives.
Tom was adored by his family and loved and respected by the community and his many friends. His memory lives on in all that were privileged to have known him and without a doubt live on in Ava and Lila. Anyone who talked with Tom, without fail, could count on being greeted with “HEY BUDDY”.