John Moreno, retired Battalion Chief of the SFFD, died peacefully at his home, at the age of 91, on January 20, 2015.
A native of San Francisco, John’s family originally came from Southern Spain. His parents first settled in Hawaii in the early 1900’s, then made their way to San Francisco where John and his two sisters were raised.
John was drafted at the beginning of WWII and spent several dangerous years in England as a B2H crew-member in the 8th Air Force. His crew successfully completed 34 bombing missions with John in the role of nose gunner. John was awarded a Purple Heart, the distinguished Flyer Cross as well as a Bronze Star for his bravery and dedication.
Following his wartime experiences, John gained the ranks of the SFFD in in October 1945. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant in 1962 followed by his appointment as Captain in 1967. He eventually rose to the position of Battalion Chief in 1976. His retirement followed in May 1978.
John and his wife Catherine relocated to St. Helena, California from Marin in the 1980’s. John helped to design and build their home of which he was very proud. The home was influenced by John’s travels to Spain, a country he was very fond of. John also travelled to many other parts of the world including most of Europe, Africa, Asia, South America as well as Hawaii and Mexico.
John was also an avid photographer, water colorist and dear to his heart, an enthusiastic and skilled Bocce Ball player. He and his wife Catherine, spent many happy Friday evenings with their Bocce friends in the St. Helena Bocce League.