The Massachusetts Ambulance Association was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Linda Moriarty. Our thoughts are with her family.
From Hafey Funeral Service:
Linda Jean Moriarty, 67, of Springfield, passed away Monday September 12, 2016 at Vibra Hospital in Springfield. Born in Springfield to the late Thomas and Jean (Purcell) Moriarty, Linda spent her youth in New Jersey, graduating from Morris Catholic High School in 1967. She then went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University and in 1974 she started a long and dedicated career in Emergency Medical Services.
Linda was a pioneer of her time, becoming one of the very first female EMT’s in the State of Massachusetts. She began as Manager for Para-Medic Ambulance services for many years and then went on to be Executive Director of Western Mass Emergency Services Regional Council where she stayed working even through her illness. Linda was always found putting others before herself. She was also adjunct professor at Springfield College for 25 years in Emergency Medical Management and at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, she coordinated an advanced cardiac life support course which she ran for the past ten years. Linda not only paved the way for women in her industry but her devotion and dedication to her service and career is what has made many Ambulance Leaders who they are today.
Linda also served on several councils, including State Homeland Security and EMS State Education Council and was twice President of the Executive Women’s Golf Association.
From 1976-2015, Linda also worked in Information Services at the Big E in West Springfield. She also enjoyed golfing, rock climbing and camping and was very proud of her Irish Heritage.
Linda is survived by her best friend and partner of 43 years who also paved the way with Linda throughout their careers, Judith “Jude” Moore of Springfield; her siblings, Christine Moriarty of New Jersey, Karen “K.T.” Moriarty of Georgia, Brian Moriarty and his wife Diane of New Jersey and Sheila Tyree and her husband Russell of Georgia; her Aunt, Sylvia Moriarty and her son Paul of Springfield; many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews whom she adored; many cousins including, Mary (Caffrey) Robitaille and her fiancé, John Bobrowski, Debbie Murphy, Skip and Lu Caffrey, Lea Caffrey, Dan Caffrey, Steven Caffrey and Scott Caffrey as well as an abundance of dear friends and co-workers from over the years. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Michael Moriarty in 2013.
Family and friends are invited to meet for visitation on Sunday September 18th from 12noon – 5:00 PM and again on Monday September 19th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Hafey Springfield Chapels, 494 Belmont Avenue.
All may meet for Linda’s Liturgy of Christian Burial on Tuesday September 20th at 10:00 AM at Holy Name Church, 323 Dickinson St., Springfield followed by burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Springfield. Memorial donations may be made in Linda’s memory to Rays of Hope, 280 Chestnut St. 6th Floor, Springfield, MA 01199 or to the Springfield Rescue Mission, 10 Mill St., Springfield, MA 01108