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GLOUCESTER: Mr. James J. ”Moe” Moses, 88, of Gloucester passed away on Sunday afternoon in the Kaplan Family Hospice House, after a long illness. He was the loving husband to the late Rose E. (Corliss) Moses, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage.

Moe was born February 28, 1927, in Gloucester. He was the son of the late James T. and Helen (Joseph) Moses. He was a lifelong resident of Gloucester and attended St. Ann’s School.

He was a WW II Army veteran. He was a lifelong member of the Elks Lodge and the American Legion.

Moe was a longshoreman on the Gloucester waterfront for many years until his retirement. He always was whistling or singing. His fellow workmates affectionately referred to

him as the singing lumper. He previously owned and worked at the family restaurant Uncle Moe’s Diner on Maplewood Avenue. with his father and brothers. He was very proud of his Lebanese Heritage, and would often speak in Arabic to his children.

He was an avid gardener and took great pride in cultivating his blueberry bushes. He loved to cook Lebanese Food. Moe had purchased a summer camp in Maine for his wife and it was their home away from home. The family spent every summer there, inviting friends to join them. When his 10 children were young, he would load up his green station wagon every Sunday and go to St. Ann’s Church.

With his many children, came many friends. Moe and Betty would always welcome them into their home, always making sure they left with a full stomach. All of his children’s friends would say they were the 11th Moses, which would bring a big smile to his face. He was an amazing provider, a loyal husband, and father. His children, grandchildren, and especially his wife, knew that he roared like a lion, but had the heart of a kitten. Later on in life, he enjoyed going to Mohegan Sun and Seabrook, N.H., for shopping with Betty. He was affectionately referred to as Gido by his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Peter A. Moses and his wife, Rachel of Keene, N.H., Wayne D. Moses and his wife, Renee of Ipswich, James J. Moses, Jr. of Peabody, Cindy H. Moses of

Gloucester, Joanne M. Harris and her husband, Hugh of W. Buxton, Maine, Karen Beauparlant and her husband, Aaron of Gloucester, and Sheila Moses; and his sister, Orient Provost of Gloucester. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Rachel Farrar, Tasha Robinson, Gregory

Moses, Jr., Stephanie Blanchard, Amber Moses, Rose Sheehan, Cassandra and Garrett Moses,

Tanya Taylor, Max and Ryan Harris, Taylor and Celia Beauparlant; eight great-grandchildren; and

Many nieces and nephews.

He was the father of the late Thomas, Paul, and Gregory Moses, and Jacqueline Moses-Robinson; brother of the late Robert, Thomas and John Moses, and Rita Strecino.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Moe’s Funeral on Thursday, November 12, 2015. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish in St. Ann’s Church, 60 Prospect Street, Gloucester at 9:30 a.m. Visiting hours will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle Street, Gloucester, on Wednesday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Published on  November 10, 2015
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