William Herbert "Herb" Moriarty

July 5, 1936 ~ June 20, 2022 (age 85)


The Honorable Judge William Herbert (“Herb”) Moriarty of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Columbia, Maryland passed away on June 20, 2022. He was born on July 5, 1936 to George Philip Moriarty and Catherine Herbert Moriarty in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Judge Moriarty grew up in Columbia, Pennsylvania, and attended Lancaster Catholic High School. He played football in high school and was awarded a football scholarship to Franklin & Marshall College. After graduating from college, Herb went on to earn his law degree from Georgetown University College of Law. On May 27, 1961, he married Estella May Case (the future Honorable Estella May Moriarty) at Anunciation Catholic Church in Washington DC. The newlyweds honeymooned in Fort Lauderdale, and thereafter moved to Fort Lauderdale in November 1961.

Judge Moriarty was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale. He retired from the Broward County Circuit Court after over 30 years of judicial service. Herb was devoted to his family and an avid follower of horse racing: the “Sport of Kings”.

Herb is survived by his Wife, the Honorable Estella May Moriarty, his daughters Patricia “Pat” Armbrust (David), Jean Brumbley (Clark, dec.), his sons Joe Moriarty (Lisa) and John Moriarty (Mary), as well as ten grandchildren. At his request, the family celebrated his life with a private funeral Mass at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fulton, Maryland. Private disposition of ashes will take place in Florida at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Covenant House of Fort Lauderdale or SOS Children’s Village of Coconut Creek, two charities co-founded by the Moriarty family:

SOS Children’s Villages- Florida 3681 NW 59th Place Coconut Creek, Florida 33073 Federal ID #65-0080301

Covenant House Florida Inc. 733 Breakers Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 33304 Federal ID #59-2323607

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