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GARDINER – Ralph W. Moody, 99 of Gardiner, ME took his final journey home to meet the Lord on March 11, 2018. His life was long, filled with the many ups and downs of living a life with beloved family and all the life experiences he was blessed to enjoy during his 99 years. Ralph was born in Gardiner on October 2, 1918 a son to Sylvain and Betsy Moore Moody.
Ralph was predeceased by his parents, his wife of 45 years Barbara Crocker Moody, his baby daughter Aroline Moody, his daughter Gloria (Go-Go) Moody Maschino, his grandson T.J. Moody, his six sisters, Francis Moody Waterhouse, Mildred Moody Robinson, Grace Moody Christie, Hazel Moody Marquis, Helen Moody Crocker, and Sylvia Moody Maschino.
If you knew Ralph, you knew his family. A proud man that worked every day using his hands to cut, weld, burn, stack and deliver steel for T.W. Dicks. His profession as a steel worker concluded, upon his retirement from Bath Iron Works. Weekends were family time, gathering up his family as well as other families cramming into a car to hit the beach, spending the day betting at the horse races, watching his favorite television programs with his loved one, or getting out and about to catch up with members of his Gardiner community. Ralph never said it to his loved ones, he did however let others know how proud he was of his children and grandchildren that served his beloved City of Gardiner as a Police Chief, City Council Member, Fireman, School Guard Cross Walker, and Director of Public Works.
Ralph had a very healthy life and was hospitalized for the first time on his 90th birthday. To no fault of his own, Ralph had a portion of his leg amputated shortly after his car was hit. Ralph pushed through all the required therapy to get back on his feet, drive again, and took his independence back to what it was. We all know that he could be a stubborn man at times, but it is what got him through that ordeal.
Ralph and his wife, Gerry of 33 years spent a few winters in Florida. They both decided that they were not snowbirds, missing family and their home in Gardiner. Their home was open to all and on hot summer days you would find family gathered poolside.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 33 years Geraldine Crocker Moody of Gardiner; his son Robert R. Moody and wife, Grace, (6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 5 great great children)of Gardiner; his daughter Jeannette Moody Marshall and husband Craig, (3 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren) of South Gardiner; his son Timothy D. Moody and wife, Laura (2 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren) of Pittston; son-in-law Elmer Maschino, (3 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren) of Gardiner; stepson William Crocker and wife, Shelia, (2 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren) of Randolph; stepson David Crocker and wife, Trula (2 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren) of Shiloh, NC; John Crocker and wife, Robin (3 grandchildren) of Randolph; stepdaughter Marie Crocker Tarrio and husband David, (3 grandchildren, 1 great child) of Augusta, one brother Calvin Moody and wife, Pearl of St. Petersburg, FL. There are numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews that he would want remembered.
Ralph was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a parishioner and member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gardiner where he worshiped his Lord.
At the request of Ralph Moody there will be no viewing hours. A Mass Service will take place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gardiner at 10:00 a.m. on March 15, 2018.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Ralph’s memory to Chrysalis Place (food bank) in Gardiner.