There are many words that can be used to describe Walter J. Moloughney. He was a kind, generous and unassuming man who would go out of his way for others. He was the type of person who made those who knew him better for it. It is therefore sad to report that Mr. Moloughney passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 23 after battling an illness.
Mr. Moloughney worked for the Village of Mineola as a village clerk as well as a special assistant to then-Mayor John P. Colbert. His tenure in Mineola ended in 2003. In April of this year, Mr. Moloughney was appointed village clerk/treasurer/registrar of the Village of Williston Park by Mayor Lud Odierna.
"He was one of the smartest men that I ever met. He also was very unassuming and humble. He was a great example for the rest of us," said Mayor Odierna.
Mr. Moloughney was a graduate of Chaminade High School. He worked as a lawyer in his own practice before going into public service. He was also an accountant. Those who knew him will remember the way in which he conducted himself - with class and humility.
Mr. Colbert called Mr. Moloughney a friend in the truest sense. "He was always there for everyone. He would reach out and help anybody. You could call him and he wouldn't ask why, he would ask where," said Mr. Colbert. "Walter had a love for his fellow beings. His personality and his friendship will be missed forever."
Mr. Moloughney was a resident of Floral Park, where his state representative in the Assembly was Assemblyman Tom Alfano. "This is a very sad day for people in Mineola and Williston Park. Walter was a can-do person who helped everyone and made people feel_special. If there was a problem, Walter would be the guy who wouldn't_leave you until it was fixed. He had a way about him that made you_feel that government actually cared. He had a special place in his_heart for seniors and they loved him. We will all miss Walter and I_feel blessed to have known such a giving man," Alfano said.
Mr. Moloughney had a passion for skiing and for collectibles. He also loved to spend time with his wife Judy in the couple's other home out east in the Jamesport area. He was a family man who loved his wife, their daughters Margaret, Catherine and Diane and grandchildren Sarah, Lily, Anna, Matthew and Luke. Although Mr. Moloughney was in the hospital, there were gifts - a doll, a chair and a wicker table - in his office in Williston Park Village Hall for his grandchildren. Mayor Odierna brought it over to his home. "That doll is going to be cherished," Mayor Odierna said.