In Memoriam – Richard Moodie

NORTHAMPTON – Richard Campbell Moodie, 64, died peacefully June 8, 2013, at his home, after a brief illness.


Born Feb. 18, 1949, in Northampton, he was the son of the late Eben Moodie and Jane (Pearson) Moodie.


Richard attended schools in Northampton and graduated from Northampton High School. Upon graduation, he served briefly in the military. Richard will be fondly remembered by staff and residents at the former Northampton State Hospital, where he worked for many years before retiring upon its closing.


Richard’s passion was music and audio engineering. He enjoyed collecting music and recording songs for others’ listening enjoyment. He was a lifelong communicant of Edwards Church in Northampton, where he developed a system to produce and broadcast services to the elderly and shut-ins through Valley Free Radio.


In his early years, Richard loved trips to Cape Cod and boating the Connecticut River with his family. Most recently, he enjoyed trips to Wells, Maine, with his companions.


A quiet, kind and generous man, Richard was very supportive of the efforts of the Northampton Survival Center.


Richard was predeceased by his parents as well as an infant brother Robert.


He is survived by his uncle and aunt John and Betty Moodie of East Longmeadow, cousins Karen (Donald) Gallagher of Hadley, Debra (Robert) Roraback of Salem, Conn., Nancy (Lauren) Smith, John (Liz) Pearson and Paul and Mark Pearson, all of New Hampshire.


His family would like to thank the Law Office of Attorney Michael Hooker and his staff, especially his social worker, Jill Lombardi, as well as his friend and companion Samantha Falcon and most recent companion Brenda Filena for their compassionate care.


A graveside service will be held Thursday, June 13, at 1 p.m. at Bridge Street Cemetery in Northampton.


A memorial service will be held Friday, June 14, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Northampton Survival Center.


Gifts in Richard’s honor can be made to Edwards Church or the Northampton Survival Center.


Pease and Gay Funeral Service of Northampton is assisting Richard’s family with the arrangements.


Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 11, 2013