Morris “Moe” Charles Dygan was born January 3, 1954 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, to Morris and Annie Morgach Dygan of Brush Creek Road, Irwin, PA. He was the long-awaited son after three sisters. Moe attended Hempfield Area High School and Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He earned his M.A. in Speech Pathology & Audiology from Florida State University and his M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida.
Moe was a speech therapist for Duval County Schools in Jacksonville, Florida for 40 years. He worked with thousands of children, correcting speech impediments and increasing self-esteem. Moe spent nearly two decades at Chet’s Creek Elementary School. He took on the daily management of the bus loop, even in the sweltering Florida heat, because he loved starting and ending his day greeting the kids (and hated sitting in faculty meetings). He wore ridiculous costumes for every school occasion for which he was asked (and especially the ones when he wasn’t). An Eagle Scout through and through, Moe was an avid outdoorsman, just like his father. He was a talented hunter and fisherman and loved growing and foraging for his own food. He was known to have all manner of wildlife inside his suburban home before retiring to the beautiful Allegheny National Forest.
Moe was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Marcie Shomo, and his sister Deborah Masters, both of St. Augustine, Florida. He leaves behind his wife, Janet, and his daughter, Chelsea Marissa Hilend. Moe taught Chelsea to work hard, go outside, learn, explore, and to build her own drum and then dance to its beat. She and her husband, Maxwell, are instilling those values in Moe’s grandson, Emerson, who adores animals and being outside, even in the sweltering Florida heat. Moe is also survived by one sister, Karen Inglese and husband Richard of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, along with numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America. Arrangements are under the direction of the Norman J. Wimer Funeral Home of Tionesta.