SPARTA - Richard D. Moriarty, 68, of Jersey City, died Oct. 30, 2013, at his home in Sparta. Richard was born March 20, 1945, at Jersey City Medical Center. He attended St. Bridget's School until 1958, graduated from St. Peter's Prep in 1962, and graduated from St. Peter's College in 1966. In 1964, he married Edna Claire Weihe; they raised their six children in Glen Ridge, and spent their summers at Lake Mohawk in Sparta. Mr. Moriarty began working at Arthur Andersen in 1966 and was a tax partner from 1978 to 2002. Upon retirement, he became a co-owner of Resource NJ, a commercial flooring company. He also taught accounting at Jersey City State College from 1969 to 1975. He served on the board at Bergen Center for Child Development, where his daughter Susan attended for eight years, five of which he was president. He was a member of the Glen Ridge Board of Education from 1982 to 1989, of which he was the president for three years. He enjoyed delivering the diplomas at the high school graduations of his children, grandchildren and friends. One of Mr. Moriarty's accomplishments was starting the first public 4-year-old pre-kindergarten in New Jersey and a full-day kindergarten at Forest Avenue School and Linden Avenue School. Richard was a member of Sparta United Methodist Church for more than 20 years and volunteered on many committees, including serving as president of the board of trustees. He loved to play golf, softball, basketball, tennis, snow ski and water ski. He loved playing poker, traveling abroad and was known for his dancing and magic tricks. His favorite vacation spot was Rum Point on Cayman Island, where he loved to scuba dive, swim with stingrays, eat Captain Marvin's famous fresh marinated conch and watch sunsets with his family. Richard was an extremely kind and generous man. He will be missed by many. Richard is survived by his wife; his children, Richard, Susan, Mimi, Brendian, Katie and Craig; and his 14 grandchildren. He loved to spend time with his family. A private memorial service will be held under the direction of Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta. A private memorial service will be held at Sparta United Methodist Church. A day of celebration will be held at the Lake Mohawk Golf Club on Saturday, Nov. 2.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Oct. 31, 2013