Dr. James Moriarity was born on a farm near Orillia, Ontario on the 14th of February, 1885. His parents, John and Mary Moriarity were farmers. His siblings included; Mary, John and Florence. He attended school in Orillia, including Orillia Collegiate Institute for high school. He was a gifted athlete and he was an outstanding lacrosse player. Dr. Moriarity taught school on Manitoulin Island for 2 years before studying to become a doctor.
He attended the University of Western Ontario in London and graduated M.D. in 1912. He interned at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York for 3 years graduating L.M.C.C. in 1915. Dr. Moriarity enlisted in World War I and served overseas with the No. 10 Stationary Hospital. During his 3 years oversea’s he saw active conflict in France.
After serving his country, Dr. Moriarity settled in Chatham, in 1919. He bought a home located at 189 Wellington St. East. According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Moriarity joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 27th of September, 1919. He opened a general family practice at 193 King St. West (on the ground floor). Dr. Moriarity’s medical practice was listed in the 1929 Vernon City of Chatham Directory. He took a special interest in service men returning from the war, requiring medical treatment. Dr. Moriarity partnered with Dr. Frederick I. Reid for many years. They had known each other growing up in Simcoe County.
Dr. Moriarity married Claire Antionette Robert, on the 23rd of April 1930 in Toronto. Her brother, Father Bertrand Robert presided over the Nuptial Mass. Mrs. Moriarity was a nurse. She was born on the 12th of August, 1900 in Chatham, the 3rd of 6 children born to Frederick Alexander Robert and the former Delvina ‘Ida’ Beauregard. Her father was a merchant and she grew up on Wellington Street in Chatham. Her siblings were Terrance, Bertrand, Beatrice and twin sisters Angelina and Frances.
Dr. and Mrs. Moriarity did not have any children.
Dr. Moriarity sat on the Chatham Board of Health and he was the Chairman for 12 years. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church. In 1934 Dr. Moriarity was President of the Kent County Medical Society.
In 1946 Dr. Moriarity suffered a heart attack. He recovered but he cut back his practice considerably. In December of 1951, he and his wife went to their home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Moriarity died on the evening of March 24th, 1952 in Florida. He was buried at a cemetery in Fort Lauderdale.
At the time of his death, his primary residence was located at 66 Inshes Ave., in Chatham. He was survived by his wife Claire, his brother John and his sister Florence Weymouth.
*Dr. Frederick Irwin Reid also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.
**Mrs. Moriarity’s brother Terrence also became a physician.