Robert Alden Moriarty - age 95, of Hallowell and Cape Elizabeth, passed away on May 20, 2019 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House following a period of declining health.
The son of Lester A. and Mary F. Moriarty, Bob was born in Philadelphia on May 15, 1924. He was raised in Newton Centre, Massachusetts and together with his brother, Jim, spent wonderful summers as a boy and teenager at his family’s cottage in Dennisport, Cape Cod.
He graduated from Newton High School in 1942 and later that year, at the age of 18, enlisted in the U.S. Navy without his parents’ knowledge. He tested successfully for the Naval Cadet Program and began rigorous flight training instruction. The program took him to various locations in the Southeast and Midwest, and following successful completion, Ensign Moriarty received his wings and commission at the Pensacola Naval Air Station.
Based at California’s San Diego and Alameda Naval Air Stations, Bob piloted the PB2Y-3 Coronado throughout the Pacific. Known as a “plane with a hull,” the Coronado was an amphibious aircraft used to transport personnel and supplies and to track enemy submarines. Bob’s flight assignments took him to Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Kwajalein, Saipan and the Philippines. Shortly after the war ended, Bob narrowly survived a nighttime crash of his aircraft following an attempted takeoff in rough seas off Saipan. He was rescued by a PT boat and was hospitalized for several weeks. Discharged in late 1945, Bob and a friend drove across the country and arrived in Newton in time for Christmas.
Back in Massachusetts, Bob attended Boston University and earned a degree in business administration in 1949. In 1948 he married Barbara Wilde of Winchester, Massachusetts and they lived for several years in the greater Boston area.
Following in the footsteps of his father and brother, Bob made his career with the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. Eventually Bob was assigned to the company’s Augusta office, and he and Barb moved to Maine in early 1953 with their two older children. Two more children were to follow.
In 1955 Bob and Barb moved to Hallowell which became their beloved home. They were members of the Augusta Country Club for decades and developed many close friendships. Bob served on the Hallowell City Council from 1962-1965 and was actively involved in Hallowell’s Bicentennial in 1962.
Following a promotion, the Moriartys moved to Auburn where they lived from 1967-1983. Bob became a member of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club and began volunteering at the Central Maine Medical Center. After his retirement in 1983, Bob and Barb returned to Hallowell.
Bob’s retirement years were among his busiest. He served again on the Hallowell City Council from 1985-1994 and eventually became a volunteer assessor from 1997-2005. In 2012 he served on Hallowell’s 250th Anniversary Committee.
He was a member of the MaineGeneral Medical Center Board of Directors for ten years and served the hospital as a highly valued volunteer for 24 years. He also was elected as a corporator of the Kennebec Savings Bank in 1987 and became an honorary corporator ten years later.
A lifelong animal lover, Bob always owned dogs from his youth to his final years. In addition to his growing family, his numerous interests included his many friendships, fishing, golf, tennis and bridge. He was an extraordinarily engaging man who thrived in the company of others.
Bob was predeceased by his wife, Barbara, in 2001 and by his son, Keith, in 2004. In late 2017, Bob left his beloved Hallowell to reside at The Landing in Cape Elizabeth to be closer to his children. He is survived by his son, Steve, and wife, Pam, of Cumberland; his daughter, Joan, and husband, Bruce Jenkins, of Cape Elizabeth; his son, Scott, and wife, Joan, of Cape Elizabeth; his daughter-in-law, Donna, of Farmingdale; plus seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Bob was especially grateful for the comfort and support provided by his niece Cheryl Higgins and her husband, Buddy, of Peaks Island. He will be greatly missed by all.
Bob’s children wish to express special thanks and gratitude to the staff of The Landing and Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for their exceptional care.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday June 1, 2019 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant Street, Augusta, ME where a Memorial Service will follow at 3:30 PM. Burial will be in Hallowell Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mary Moriarty Health Studies Scholarship, c/o Hall-Dale High School, 97 Maple Street, Farmingdale, 04344 or to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society, 10 Pet Haven Lane, Augusta, 04330.