Edward W. Moriarty, 64, highly decorated Navy veteran

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Edward W. Moriarty
Edward W. Moriarty

Edward W. Moriarty of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away at home peacefully on Oct. 19, 2016 after an eight year battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by his beloved wife Debbie and daughter Katie.

Ed was born on May 6, 1952 in Albany, New York. Ed attended SUNY at Plattsburgh, New York and received a B.A. in Political Science. He enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 19 and retired after 21 years of active service. Military decorations include: Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Fourth Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal. Upon retiring from Henrico County Sheriff Department after 11 years, Ed volunteered with the Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) Department. Ed was a member of the American legion Post 39 and Disabled Veterans (DAV) Chapter 34, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Ed was preceded in death by his daughter, Erin Cathleen Moriarty; father Dr. Daniel J. Moriarty; and mother Kathleen T. Moriarty. His is survived by his wife Debbie of 36 years; daughter Katie; brothers Daniel (Mary Frances), James (Kathleen), Michael (Eileen); and sister, Mary. He also had many cousins, nephews and nieces.

Ed was a very kind, caring husband and father. He loved his family, friends, service to country and of course, rock and roll! He loved NASCAR racing and was a longtime fan of the N.Y. Yankees and N.Y. Giants. Our family would sincerely like to thank all our many friends for their support and prayers. We would also like to thank the medical team that cared for Ed, especially Dr. Christina Prillaman, Pam Freeman and Lisa Brewer FNP.

The family has asked in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Legion Post 39, P.O. Box 2782, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187, to Hospice House and Support Care, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188 or to a charity of your choosing.

There will be a Mass for celebrating Ed’s life on Friday, Oct. 28, at 12:00 pm at St. Olaf Catholic Church, Norge, Virginia. The interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Duxbury, Vermont. Online condolences for the family may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.