Retired Seattle Police Assistant Chief Neil Moloney passed away on Thursday, September 25, 2014 . He was 87 years of age upon passing.
Neil was born in Eston, Saskatchewan, Canada the son of Jay and Evelyn (McCaffrey) Moloney, who in 1910 had migrated from Houston and Winona counties in Minnesota, to settle on a homestead in Plato, central Saskatchewan. In 1939, the family, with five boys and two girls, moved from Canada to Enumclaw, then on to Auburn in 1941, where Neil attended school. He served with the Marine Corps in 1944/45 in the South Pacific on the islands of Eniwetok, Guam, and Peleliu.
After the War, he finished his high school education at Broadway/Edison in Seattle. He then went on to receive degrees from Washington State College (WSU), the University of Washington, and the University of Puget Sound. During the summers he "followed the (harvest) crops" in eastern Washington and the Midwest.
Neil worked as a police officer for 35 years in Washington and Colorado, first with the State Patrol, then Seattle and the Port of Seattle Police Departments. For seven years during this period, he also taught school at Highline Community College. In 1980, Governor John Spellman appointed him Chief of the State Patrol.
In 1984, Governor Bob Lamb appointed him as Director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in Denver. Thereafter, he operated a small police consulting business doing police management studies with Murphy and Associates of Reston, VA, operating in cities throughout the U.S. ranging in size from Chicago, IL to Pacific, WA.
To keep busy during his retirement years, when not enjoying time with his family, he wrote and published three novels and one nonfiction book. However, he conceded there were no "Best Sellers" among any of these. His latest from 2012, The Boys from Ireland, was a fictionalized account about family ancestors involved in the Civil War, based on stories passed on by his parents and grandparents.
Neil is survived by his high school sweetheart and beautiful wife of sixty years, Delaine (Skore), Kent, WA, his Sister Catharine Lyons, Sacramento, CA, and five wonderful children, Jay (Lori), Tim (Lynda), Traci (Rick Hollingsworth), Heidi (Peter Riedeman) and Julie (Tom Blanchard), all residing in the Seattle area, eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.