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Thomas Francis Moore Jr.

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BENNINGTON -- Mr. Thomas Francis Moore Jr., 82, a longtime resident of Bennington and communicant of the former Sacred Heart Church, and later a resident of Canaan, N.Y. and communicant of St. Johns Church in Chatham, N.Y., died Thursday, April 3, 2003 at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

Born in Mount Vernon, N.Y. on Jan. 10, 1921, he was the only son of the late Thomas F. Moore Sr. and Mary Powers Moore.

He attended Davis High School in Mount Vernon and was a member of the football, track and diving teams. He later went to Providence College in Rhode Island, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree. While at Providence he was the quarterback for the football team. After graduation he joined the Army and served his country during World War II. He was a member of the Fighting 69th Infantry Division stationed in Germany. He received numerous medals during his tenure, including the Bronze Star for Valor for having risked his life to save many members of his platoon. He was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. He then returned home to continue his education at Columbia University where he received his Masters in Hospital Administration.

He married Margaret Mary Burpee on Jan. 2, 1946 at St. Catherines Chapel in Pelham Manor, N.Y. He worked in hospital administration at Jersey City Hospital in N.J., and for the Kentucky Tuberculosis Sanatoria Commission in Frankfort, Ky. before moving to Bennington in 1951.

He often held two jobs to support his growing family. He was employed at the Bennington Brush Company and Bennington Display Company.

In 1967 he again returned to school to get his teacher certification at North Carolina State University. He then taught earth science, biology, and chemistry at Wilmington High School in Wilmington. He also taught and was a private tutor in the Bennington School district.

He was instrumental in the formation of the greater Bennington County Little League Association. His other hobbies included reading, swimming, coaching sports, woodworking, and volunteering for many community services.

A friend of Bill Wilson’s for over 30 years, he spent many years devoted to this program.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret Peg Moore, and his 11 children; Thomas F. Moore III of Lakeville, Conn., Patrick M. Moore of Bennington, James J. Moore of Canaan, Mary Corey of Bennington; Margaret Outwater of Bennington, Theresa A. Moore of Canaan, Matthew P. Moore of Bennington, Maureen Moore-Bond of Homer, Alaska, Kathleen Moore of North Fort Myers, Fla., Laura Dion of Williamstown, Mass. and Joseph F. Moore of Saratoga, N.Y. He was also quite delighted to be the grandfather of 24 and the great-grandfather of three.

An infant sister, Elizabeth, predeceased him.

The funeral will be held from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church Monday, April 7, 2003 at 7 p. m. where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated.

There are no calling hours.

Private committal services will take place at the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Moore may be made to Sacred Heart School through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2003
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