Harry J. Moffitt, 71, psychiatrist, DJ

Posted: December 02, 2013

Harry J. Moffitt, 71, of Ship Bottom, N.J., a former Philadelphia psychiatrist who practiced in Bayville, died of injuries after a one-car crash in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County, on Sunday, Nov. 24.

Dr. Moffitt was driving south on Wrangleboro Road near Lombard Street when his car veered off the road and hit several trees, according to a newspaper report.

"He was driving to the radio station to do his Sunday radio show," his wife, Arleen, said.

Dr. Moffitt had recently begun the show JJ's House Party, for which he was the disc jockey on station WLVT-FM in Vineland, she said. He featured music from the 1960s and '70s.

Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Moffitt earned a bachelor's degree in biology at what is now St. Joseph's University and graduated from the Temple University School of Medicine in 1968.

After completing his residency in 1972 at the former Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Dr. Moffitt began his career in community mental health work in South Philadelphia.

For the last six years, his wife said, he practiced with Ocean Mental Health Services in Bayville.

His interest in popular music began in high school.

"When younger - I would say from 15 on - he was very involved in the recording and production of records, as an independent record producer in the Philadelphia area," his wife said.

Though psychiatry was his life's work, she said, he had been "very interested in radio work, something like this show, for the last 10 years," but only in 2013 had the show materialized.

In addition to his wife of 26 years, Dr. Moffitt is survived by sons Phil, Jerry, and Chris; a brother; two sisters; six grandchildren; and former wife Marie Sutter.

A viewing was scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, N.J. 08008. A Funeral Mass will be said at noon Monday at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach.

Donations may be made to the food pantry at www.stfrancisparishlbi.org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.riggsfuneralhome.com.


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