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Industry Loses Icon Joe Moriarty Sr.

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Joe Moriarty Sr.

Joe Moriarty Sr., founder of Total Seal Piston Rings, lost his battle with heart disease and passed away June 1, 2016, at his home in Phoenix. He was a prolific inventor, holding several patents on piston rings, including Total Seal’s Gapless and Diamond Finish rings. Moriarty started the company in 1967 with a rotary engine design that was intended for OEMs. Total Seal Piston Rings saw tremendous growth over the last several years, producing some of the most advanced steel ring manufacturing capabilities available today.

He was inducted into the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Hall of Fame at the 2014 PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis.

Born Maurice Joseph Moriarty in 1928 in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, Moriarty leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Donna, and his children, Laureen, Tom, Patricia, Mike, John, Beth, Steve and Joey. He also has 17 grandchildren. His namesake, Joey Moriarty, will continue to run Total Seal Piston Rings in Phoenix.

Visitation will be held Monday, June 6, from 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., at Heritage Funeral Chapel: 6830 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria, AZ. Burial will take place Tuesday June 7, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., at Phoenix Memorial Park: 200 West Beardsley Rd., Phoenix, AZ.