Richard Stephen Moriarty, 67, also known as “Grandpa Moe” by his grandchildren and countless others, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 25 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, with his loving wife, Rosemary, at his side.
Richard was born on June 11, 1952 in Springfield, MA, a loving son of Francis and Ruth (Whitelock) Moriarty.
He was raised and educated in Springfield and is a graduate of Springfield Technical High School class of 1971.
Richard was, is, and always will be the love of Rosemary (Dowd) Moriarty’s life. The two were high school sweethearts and were blessed with 47 years of marriage. Together they were longtime residents of Agawam and Springfield before spending their days chasing sunshine in Dennis, MA and Port St. Lucie, Florida.
He was a 27 year employee of Smith and Wesson and most recently, he owned and operated Moriarty’s Allen Street Package Store in Springfield.
Richard was a member of the John Boyle O’Reilly Club and the Elks Lodge 61 both in Springfield, and a member of the Sons of Erin in West Yarmouth, MA.
Richard was a lifelong New York Giants and Boston Red Sox fan, having personally travelled to St. Louis in 2004 to oversee the Red Sox break “The Curse of the Bambino” and witnessed the Red Sox win it all. He most recently enjoyed spending time at spring training baseball games in Florida.
He loved to fish and enjoyed passing on that passion to his grandchildren.
In his earlier years, Richard was often found at Agawam High School sporting events, offering encouraging words and support to all. He quietly held a grudge against Cathedral High School athletics and would often say “just beat Cathedral”. In his later years, the love of his grandchildren brought him around and he could often be found cheering them on at Cathedral High School and Pope Francis Preparatory School soccer, basketball and baseball games, as well as their ski races. Richard, being a proud Irishman, also took great joy in his granddaughter, Brenna’s, commitment and success in Irish dance competitions.
He was larger than life. There was nothing he loved more, or was more proud of, than his family, especially his grandchildren.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Rosemary, of Dennis, MA, and children, Molly Sears and her husband, Kevin, and their children, Liam, Conor and Brenna Sears all of Springfield; Daniel F. Moriarty and his sons, Grady, Nolan, and Lachlan all of Agawam; and Meagan Moriarty of Greenfield. He also leaves his sister, Margaret “Peg” Chick of Springfield; sister in law, Alice Moriarty of Prospect, TN; several nieces and nephews and his little buddy his cocker spaniel, Hobbs.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Robert “Bob”, and sister Elizabeth “Beth” Myette.
Family and friends are invited to gather on Friday, August 30, for a period of visitation for Richard from 4-7 p.m. at Hafey Springfield Chapels located at 494 Belmont Avenue.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 31, beginning at 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Name Church, 323 Dickinson Street, Springfield. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s name may be made to the Living Donor Transplant Program at Massachusetts General Hospital 165 Cambridge Street, 3rd Floor Suite 301 Boston, MA 02114 or giving.massgeneral.org designating the living donor program.