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Edward J. Moriarty
January 29, 1946 ~ August 13, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Edward J. Moriarty, age 77, died peacefully in his home on August 13, 2023, surrounded by his family. He was born on January 29, 1946, in Holyoke, MA to Edward and Maria (Panopoulos) Moriarty. Ed attended Holyoke High School, class of 1964. He went to Emerson College in Boston, then enlisted into the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam until his honorable discharge in 1971. Upon his discharge, Ed enrolled and then graduated from the University of Massachusetts. During his time serving his country, he was awarded several medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, which is awarded for extraordinary achievement while in flight, and the Bronze Star, for heroic service in a combat zone.
Edward was an avid reader, especially non-fiction/History books. During his career as a Holyoke firefighter, he was also an educator for schools, teaching fire safety to children. While living in Tennessee, he, along with 3-4 other volunteers, founded the first Jasper Highlands Fire Department which has had continued growth. For those who never met Ed, or never got the opportunity to know him well, it was said that his degree of professionalism and devotion to duty brought credit upon himself, his organization, and the military service. Ed met Linda, the light of his life, on Senior People Meet.com and they were married on April 25, 2016. Within those short seven years, they did a lot of living, laughing, and loving.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, and her adult children Melissa (Steve) Hughes and Jennifer (Joe) Murray and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, and uncles, and many friends.
A service for Ed will be held at a later date. Cremation Rites have been accorded. Ed’s cremated remains will be interred at the Arlington National Cemetery. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared on our website.