FAMILY and friends are mourning the passing of businessman Francis “Scotty” Moylan, father of Guam’s first elected Lt. Gov. Kurt Moylan and grandfather of former Lt. Gov. Kaleo Moylan.
Undated photo of Francis “Scotty” Moylan.Photo courtesy of Moylan family
Scotty Moylan was 94. He died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at Guam Memorial Hospital.
He was among several businessmen who came to Guam after World War II to help with the rebuilding of the island and ended up staying here with his wife, later founding Moylan’s Enterprises.
Scotty Moylan was of Irish and Polish descent and left the South Side of Depression era Chicago in 1930 for better opportunities in the east. Instead he went west and then moved to Hawaii where he met and married Yuk Lan Ho and had four children, Kurt, Richard, Lena and Francis, Jr.
“Our island lost a successful entrepreneur and dear friend. Mr. Moylan’s passion for our people was continued in generations of our island’s leaders; through his son former Lt. Gov. Kurt Moylan and grandson former Lt. Gov. Kaleo Moylan. His love for our island and its people will truly be missed,” read a statement from the governor’s office.
“Scotty was a close personal friend of mine and was a pioneer of small business on Guam. I offer my most sincere condolences and prayers to the family and many friends of Scotty. He will be missed,” Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo said in a statement.
Francis Moylan’s eldest son Kurt spoke about his father’s impact on his life. “I give great tribute to my parents who had migrated to Guam and made this beautiful island their home, my home. They allowed me to make my own choices, gave me an education, a good name and love. I could not ask for more from my parents. God bless them,” Kurt Moylan said.
Grandson Kaleo said his grandfather strongly believed in “a man’s word and a handshake.”
“He once told me that ‘your word is all you got in this world; don’t waste it.’ To Scotty, the word represented an uncomplicated measure of his success. It had grown in an ascending line since the day he first spoke,” said the former lt. governor.
Francis Moylan established the Lion’s Club of Guam and was a member of The Free Masons Society. He founded Moylan’s Motors, Moylan’s All American Insurance, Moylan’s Bank and Trust Company; Moylan’s Sporting Goods, Moylan’s Gun Store and brought the A&W franchise to Guam.Rosary and funeral arrangements will be announced later.