Ryan Moriarty (1984 - 2018)

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OLYMPIA, WA – Ryan Bode Moriarty passed away suddenly in Olympia, Washington on June 9, 2018.

Ryan was born, June 19, 1984 in Cleveland, Ohio to parents, Patty Bode and Mark Moriarty. When Ryan was two years old, his family moved to Amherst, Massachusetts, where Ryan grew up in the loving community of neighbors and playful peers in South Amherst neighborhoods.

Ryan was a music aficionado, a prolific visual artist, and a mathematical wizard. He played several string instruments, wrote and arranged compositions for jazz, folk and symphonic pieces, and was and avid music listener and analyst. He was a visionary chef, whose elegant dishes were savored in the homes of his loved ones and by countless strangers who dined in the restaurants in which he worked.

Ryan was a product of Amherst, Massachusetts K-12 Public Schools, from which he graduated from Amherst Regional High School in 2002. He attended the University of Vermont, and transferred to The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, WA, where he graduated in 2008.

At Evergreen, Professor Terry Setter was an inspiration to his focus on music composition, theory, sound experimentation and audio technology. From his K-12 school years, Ryan frequently named two high school teachers in his life as transformative: Mr. Jim Logan and Ms. Sara Barber-Just. He reminisced fondly of his middle school teachers, Mr. Rob Lord and Ms. Margarita Bonifaz for understanding him. He never forgot the loving guidance that Mr. Paul Wiley provided throughout his Crocker Farm Elementary School years.

Ryan forever looked up to his older brother "Bobby," Robert F. W. Moriarty in all things music, Star Wars, comedy, political debates, literature and life. Ryan forged a deep bond with his foster brother Keo Nilrath Bun with whom he shared the pursuit of mastery in ceramic arts, appreciation of multi-worlds of visual arts, and played many long hours of card games, music and miniature golf in their teenage years, and he expressed love for his sister-in-law Maya and niece, Anju. He was passionately appreciative of his dozens of aunts, uncles and cousins in their over-crowded, chaotic Irish-American families on both sides of his heritage.

He held deep love for his Nana and Grampy Moriarty who he leaves behind. He now joins his GrandMa and GrandPa Bode in the spiritual world. There are celebrations of Ryan's life scheduled throughout the country.

The community of the Amherst region is invited to an open celebration on July 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Hampshire College Red Barn; bring your musical instruments and stories. Another event will be held in Cleveland, Ohio on August 4, 2018 at the home of his Aunt Becky Bode who held a very special place in Ryan's heart. Many musical tributes are ongoing in Olympia, Washington.

In remembrance of Ryan's life, gifts may be contributed to one of Ryan's alma maters. Gifts to the Amherst Regional High School may be donated at https://www.gofundme.com/remembering-ryan-moriarty and will be directed to art department and library, with gratitude for the support that was offered to Ryan throughout his K-12 school years, or gifts may be sent to The Evergreen State College Foundation, which will support future Evergreen students studying music by going to this link https://tinyurl.com/ryanmoriarty

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 14, 2018