Harold "Bud" David Moore
AGE: 88 • Naples, FL
Harold ("Bud") David Moore died peacefully at the age of 88 at his home in Naples, Florida on February 1, 2014. Bud was born in Washington, D.C. on May 3, 1925, one of two children of Marie M. Seidel and Harold Donald Moore. Bud's family moved to Drexel Hill, PA where he met the love of his life, Beulah Lee ("Billie") Yonker, who happened to live next door. Both Bud and Billie were graduates of Upper Darby High School (Class of 1943 and 1945, respectively), and following Bud's return from serving in WWII as a member of the Submarine Corps., they were married on October 15, 1949. Bud was a devoted husband and father who lived an active and happy life with Billie and their two sons, Scott and Brett.
In his high school years, other than courting his beloved Billie, his favorite activities included playing football and playing the drums (Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich were two of his idols). An avid musician Bud was the drummer for a band named the "Cadets" who recorded a couple of songs that were captured on ceramic 78 RPM records. After graduating high school Bud enlisted in the Navy and volunteered to join the Submarine Corps. Bud was assigned to the U.S.S. Seahorse (SS 304) that had a very successful WWII campaign in the Pacific theater, sinking over 20 enemy ships, including one submarine. On April 18, 1945, during its 7th Patrol the U.S.S. Seahorse was forced to the bottom of the sea under depth charge attack for 16 consecutive hours and despite suffering extensive damages that caused the patrol to be terminated, the U.S.S. Seahorse was able to escape safely. As a result of injuries sustained while being under depth charge attack, Bud was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and was honorably discharged on March 25, 1946.
Following Bud's return from the service, he and Billie were married and Bud started working in sales for the Curtis Candy Company, makers of Baby Ruth and Butterfinger candy bars. This was the beginning of a successful career in sales that spanned 38 years, culminating in his position as National Accounts Sales manager for RJR Nabisco, when in 1986 and 1987 he achieved record consecutive annual national sales approximating $51 million. Of the various products he represented, he took most pride in representing Planters Peanuts and was often affectionately referred to as "Mr. Peanut" by both colleagues and friends. Bud's career took he and his family to a number of locations including Huntington, WV, Rochester, NY, Baltimore, MD, Newtown Square, PA, and Ocean Township, NJ. In 1988, Bud retired and he and Billie moved from their home in Ocean Township, NJ to St. Simons Island, GA. In 2012 they relocated to Naples, FL where they could be closer to their son, Brett.
While Bud was committed to his career, he was a devoted family man and very much enjoyed being with relatives and friends. Bud's interest in music never waned and while the drums were retired, his bongos often surfaced late in the evening, along with his dear friend Vic Tarrant on clarinet, remembering the likes of Benny Goodman and the other great musicians of their time. Bud was an avid sportsman. He and Billie were a golfing and tennis duo, playing in mixers and in their respective men's and women's golf groups at Sea Palms in St. Simons. His two boys remember fondly the fishing and crabbing excursions on Barnegat Bay while on summer vacations on Long Beach Island, NJ and are forever grateful for his unwavering support of their athletic activities during their school years. Bud never missed a game or match that he could attend.
After 64 years of marriage, Billie predeceased Bud by just nine weeks. Both Bud and Billie were both faithful Catholics and are together once again. Bud will be deeply missed by his two sons, Scott and Brett, their wives, MaryEllen and Rochelle, respectively, grandchildren Christopher, Kelly and Dylan, surviving sister Pat Wallace, sister-in-laws Vivian Beers and Uvee York, and many, many nieces and nephews.
Bud had a great life! He grew up as a young boy in a loving family, served his country in a bigger than life way, fostered a wonderful family life for his wife and his two sons and enjoyed his retirement years to the "max." Bud lived the "American Dream" and represented all of the principles and values of the members of the "greatest generation." Bud was truly a great man who "touched" everyone he came in contact with.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Support Network, 660 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 21, Naples, FL 34102.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 9, 2014