Richard Moody Town of WrightRichard H. (Dick) Moody passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on May 27, 2014. He was born on November 21, 1923 to Allen S. and Claire Rivers Moody in Montclair, NJ. The family moved around before settling in Warren, Connecticut, in 1934. Dick sold blueberries and eggs in front of his house, and delivered newspapers on his pony. He graduated from New Milford High School in 1941, and attended Romford Prep School from 1941 to 1942. Dick surveyed during a brutal winter in four feet of snow in Old Forge, NY, then began serving his country during World War II by joining the Aviation Cadet Corps. He became a fighter pilot, flying P-38's, and was stationed in Shemya in the Aleutian Islands in 1944. His duties included shooting down weather balloons loaded with explosives to stop them from landing on the United States mainland. He was commissioned a First Lieutenant with the 11th Air Force in 1945. He married Suzanne Lopez in 1947, and graduated from R.P.I. with a degree in civil engineering in 1950. Dick worked on the Chesapeake Bay Bride before buying his farm in West Berne in 1951. His jobs in the Albany area included serving as construction manager for the State University Construction Fund and as the architect's manager overseeing construction of the new SUNY Albany Campus. His daughter and his son, Richard both obtained degrees from SUNY Albany. Dick was a master cabinet-maker and built beautiful tables and bookcases. He also flew for the Air National Guard, raced Saabs at Lime Rock (where he walked away from rolling the family car end over end seven times) and Watkins Glen, NY, and played polo on the Whitney Estate in Loudonville. For three months every winter for 30 years, Richard and Suzanne lived on a little sailboat in the Florida Keys, often dining on fish and lobster that they caught. Dick is survived by daughter, Carey Anne M. (Bill) Berdan, an attorney; son, Kevin L. Moody, an archeologist; and son, Richard H. Moody Jr., a geologist. His wife, Suzanne predeceased him in 2010. Dick's bawdy limericks and jokes will be missed by many. A private service will be held at the family's convenience. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leatherstocking Honor Flight, P.O. Box 621, Cobleskill, NY 12043. The Langan Funeral Home of Schoharie is assisting the family. Further information is available at www.langanfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on May 31, 2014