Patric Moriarty, age 70, passed away peacefully at home in the loving care of his family on July 18, 2020. Pat was born December 22, 1949 in Pontiac Michigan but spent his childhood on the banks of the Cass River in Caro where he did his best to thin the fish population. He graduated from Caro High School in 1968 where he set state records for pole vaultings and local notoriety for fun and shenanigans.
Pat was drafted into the military in 1969 where he served in the United States Airforce in Germany during the Vietnam war. He volunteered for active duty but was told “we have enough problems over there”. After the war he moved to Petoskey Mi. where he met and then married his beautiful wife Leanne (McGarey). Pat and Leanne raised two beautiful daughters who remain devoted to their father’s memory. Pat worked for Thercom Holddings, Southern Research Institute and most recently University of Alabama Birmingham where he developed “sensitivity training” for the students and oversaw the development composite plastics.
Pat will be remembered by his friends and family for his love of hunting and fishing, incredible sense of humor and storytelling with the innate ability to pull the wool over your eyes. But the thing that will remembered most about Pat is his love of his family. His world revolved around caring and providing for his wife, children and grandchildren.
Pat is preceded in death by his parents Irma and John Moriarty and his sister Gloria Mahoney; brother-in-law, Charles Bauslaugh, and sister-in-law, Patricia Brady He is survived by his wife Leanne; daughters Crystal Decora (Jason), Tiffany Seale (Wesley); grandchildren: Ella Decora, Jacob Decora; Ashlyn Seale, Easton Seale, Laney Rose Seale; sisters: Judy Bauslaugh, Barbara Gardiner (Robert), Alma Moriarty, and Toni Moriarty-Smith (Eric); Brother: Richard Brady (Nancy);his beloved dog Doc, and friends too numerous to list.
Friends are welcome to join the family for a Celebration of Life which will be held on Thursday July 23rd at the home of Wesley and Tiffany Seale (119 Fawn Meadows Ln., Wilsonville) from 6pm to 8pm were Pat will be remembered over copious servings of his favorite Blue Bell ice cream. A Celebration of Life for Michigan Friends and Family will be held at a later date.
One of my favorite Pat stories:
Serving in Germany in the USAF 1971-73
Someone makes a sandwich. Pat asks for a bite and then stuffs the ENTIRE sandwich down his throat….but when Pat made the sandwich and offered everyone a bite there were never any takers – the combinations of food and near-food items were so repulsive, nobody wanted to smell it, much less get any on their tongues.
You are so missed by so many! You shined your light and gift of laughter. Too many stories can be told all with fondness! You are an inspiration! Love you brother!
What a great guy Pat was! I graduated with him from Caro High School; in fact, he was my senior prom date. Neither one of us had a date so we just went together as friends. We didn’t keep in touch after high school, but he was a very well liked person with a great sense of humor. My sincere condolences to his family.
RIP dear Pat. Was so shocked to hear of his passing. I met him through my 1st husband ( who also passed from cancer) at Ramstein AFB in Germany. He was such a character and loved by all his friends. So fun to be around. We have followed each other on Facebook to keep in touch and share old pictures. Prayers
Leanne, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.
May God bring you peace.
Doris (Ash) McGehee
Pat and I served together in the USAF in Germany. While there, he owned a beat up VW bug with a steering wheel that was so bad that you had to literally turn it a full spin before the steering wheel would engage. His luck finally ran out and we flipped over in a ditch. No one was hurt but we had to get the empty wine bottles out of the car before the police came. Pat enjoyed Germany and he certainly made it much more enjoyable for those who served with him. RIP, Buddy.