H. Michael Morand, 74
Mike was born November 15, 1938 in Los Angeles, California, one of five sons of the late Arnold and Bess Morand. Raised and educated in the Santa Monica, Ca. school system, he then immediately entered the United States Air Force. He served for over six years in various duty stations in Japan, South Korea, and Europe as a specialist in Air Force intelligence and was honorably discharged in 1963. Mike received both his Bachelor and Juris Doctor degrees in law at the College of Law, Western State, Fullerton, California.
He was an avid tennis player most of his life, as well as an experienced sailor, sailing the waters off Newport Beach and Catalina Island, California. In the few years he lived on Catalina, he operated several retail businesses, including the Busy Bee Restaurant.
Mike’s professional career was in the industry of computers, which spanned over 40 years in mainframe, mini, and personal computers. He held senior management positions at various companies, including Xerox, Atari Corp, Digital Equipment Corporation, and lastly as President and C.E.O. of Leading Edge Computers in Westborough.
He married Suzanne Kahal Dec. 11, 1983 in Laguna Hills, Ca. After moving to the East Coast in 1993, Mike starting rooting for the Red Sox and Patriots.
Mike had a terrific skill for listening and was always upbeat, positive, never one to complain, interested in others, and always willing to give. He was known to “give the shirt off his back” to all who he loved.
In addition to his wife, Sue, he leaves his children, Michael Morand and his wife, Dana, of Attleboro, Andrea Morand of Hadley, Stephen Morand and his wife, Cara, of San Clemente, Ca., and Stephanie DiIorio and her husband, Gerry, of Needham. He also leaves his brothers, Verne Morand and Dudley Morand and his wife, Cathy; his grandchildren, Tyler, Sydney, and Kelsey; his in-laws, Jack Kahal, Sharon and Griffith Mark, Carol Murtha and Ted Letsis, Dr. Jim and Kari Kahal, and David and Shawn Kahal, along with many nieces and nephews. Mike joins his deceased parents and his brothers, Chuck and Arnold “Jr.” Morand.
Family and friends will honor and remember Mike’s life by gathering Friday, April 19, from 5 to 8 p.m., for calling hours in Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center, and again Saturday, April 20, where his funeral service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. The Rev. Lynne Dolan will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.
Honor Mike’s memory and love for his country with a contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.
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