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John J. Moore, 88, formerly of Gloucester, loving son, brother, United States Marine, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and Irishman, died peacefully at Clyde E. Lassen Veteran’s Home in Saint Augustine, Fla. on July 11, 2017.
John was born on August 16, 1928, in East Boston to the late John and Helen (Noonan) Moore.
He graduated high school in 1946. He loved school, and education became his passion. As an undergraduate and graduate, he attended 13 colleges and universities. He was a licensed Master aircraft mechanic from the New England Aircraft School and received an associate degree in aeronautical engineering. Later, he received a BA in philosophy and psychology at Gordon College, then a M.Ed., in counseling psychology from Salem State College. He dedicated 28 years to the Manchester Memorial School in Manchester, Mass., which he truly loved.
John was a lot of things to a lot of people on Cape Ann and beyond. He may have been your fellow comrade, your teacher, your counselor, your swim and lifesaving instructor, your friend, or your neighbor. As proudly as he served his country, John also dedicated his life to serving people; by building them up to be better versions of themselves. John did this with his own children and loved his children deeply; as he was proud of their talents and accomplishments. He will be greatly missed and forever celebrated.
John Joseph Moore is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, JoAnn E. Moore; his sisters, Helen Paul and Alice LeClair; his five children, Brian Moore and wife, Joanna, Karen and husband, Kevin Ellis, Andrea Moore and longtime companion, Greg Swinson, Craig Moore and wife, Corinne, and youngest daughter, Stephanie Moore; John’s step-son, David Cheetham and his wife, Annalisa Rinaldi Cheetham; his grandchildren, Brianna and husband, Peter Cox, Luke Ellis and Benjamin Moore, Julia Cheetham; and John’s great-grandson, Jameson Cox. Survived too, by his wife, JoAnn‘s family, the Krapfl’s; John’s several nieces and nephews and their families; as well as many dear friends and “Brothers” in Massachusetts and in Florida. John was predeceased by his two brother-in-laws; his niece; his great-grandnephew; his sister-in-law; his very dear mother-in-law, Loretta Krapfl; and his children’s mother, Phyllis E. Moore.
Family and friends are cordially invited to a celebration of John’s life to be held at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, Mass. on Monday, August 14, at 1 p.m. (rain or shine). Please bring your own picnic lunch, a bathing suit, a chair, a blanket, a smile, and a story to share.
Donations can be made in his honor to the Disabled American Veterans, DAV P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250. Please include John J. Moore in memo. Thank you.
A very heartfelt thank you to family, friends, residents, and the entire staff at the Clyde E. Lassen Veteran’s Home in Saint Augustine, Fla., where John found home, family, respect and love.
Published on  July 18, 2017
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