John (Jack) W. Moriarty

February 24, 1930 - October 5, 2019

U.S. Veteran

Service Date:

A private graveside service will be scheduled at a later date. Interment will be at the Maplewood Cemetery.

John “Jack” W. Moriarty, 89, died on October 5, 2019 at Mineral Springs in North Conway, NH after a short stay in a long-term care facility. Being of a very independent nature it was well known that it was his desire to remain at his home in West Newfield, Maine for as long as possible living without assistance. However, after a period of declining health, this was no longer reasonable.

Jack was born in Winchester, Massachusetts on February 24, 1930 the son of John Joseph Moriarty and Mary (Weant) Moriarty.

He was raised in Winchester, Massachusetts and attended Belmont Hill School. He later graduated from Norwich Academy in Vermont with a B.A. in Economics. He enjoyed his time as a member of the winning hockey team while at Norwich. He met Shirley West from Braintree, Massachusetts while summering as a busboy at The Lookout Hotel in Ogunquit, Maine where she also worked for the summer. He enlisted in the Army in July 1952 and married Shirley on September 27, 1952 in Fort Knox, Kentucky where he was stationed. Jack was honorably discharged to the rank of Army 1st Lieutenant in 1954. Jack and Shirley bought a home in Windham, Maine where Jack worked as an apprentice for an electrician.

In 1956, Jack joined his family’s floor covering business, Joseph M. O’Callaghan Co., which his father had started with a partner, Joseph O’Callaghan in 1929. He worked with his younger brother in the successful wholesale distributing floor covering and carpet company in Boston that sold to many large stores throughout New England. Jack was President and his brother was Treasurer. He and Shirley raised their family in Reading, Massachusetts prior to retiring to their farm in West Newfield, Maine. In retirement, Jack was involved in his church, Saco River Corridor Commission, enjoyed fishing trips to Moosehead Lake and on Long Pond, and deer hunting with friends. He pretended to hate pets but owned several beagles through the years and tolerated a cat.

He was predeceased by his amazing wife Shirley by two years and two days. He missed her terribly and undoubtedly is enjoying a reunion together now. Life was very quiet for him without her in their home, but he enjoyed the company of his children, grandchildren, and even got to meet his twin great grandchildren when they visited from Korea this summer.

Survivors include his daughters, Nancy Sugiura and Shinobu, Jane Johnson and Larry, Judy Cote and Greg; his sons, Stephen Moriarty and Bruce Moriarty; his 15 grandchildren: Yoko, Margaret, HeungSun, HyunSook, Felicia, Ian, Selina, MaryBeth, Dylan, Kyle, Emily, Hillary, Thomas, Natalie, and Sarah; and also, five great grandchildren. Jack is also survived by one sister, Anne Nichols and Chris, and a sister-in-law, Virginia Moriarty, as well as nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be scheduled at a later date. Interment will be at the Maplewood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the West Newfield United Church of Christ, PO Box 85, West Newfield, ME 04095.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.


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