John R. Moore ColonieJohn R. Moore, (75), a former Colonie resident, died September 14, 2013, at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center. He had been there since early July. He was in the Hospice Unit and received the utmost in care and dignity from that unit's staff. John was born December 2, 1937, in Ellsworth, ME to Hazel and Robert L. Moore. He was a graduate of Draper High School and went on to Union College, both in Schenectady. While attending Union he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. In the late 50s his life really changed, he joined the Army
. After basic and special training he went to Turkey, then Vietnam as a member of the Army Security Agency. While in Vietnam he receive a Purple Heart
for reasons that are obvious. Mr. Moore's unit was the first since the Korean war
to receive a meritorious unit commendation. The award was given to units for exceptional conduct in performance of service for at least six months during the period of operations against an armed enemy. He was in Vietnam for five years and when asked he went into harms way. He was also a 14-year member of the North East Vietnam Veterans Reunion Association. Attending his last committee meeting September 2013. After the Army in late 1966, he began as a cub reporter
for the Schenectady Gazette, eventually earning his own column Albany, Colonie and More. He was press secretary to the lieutenant governor of New York for about two years. Then consulting work and freelance writing for politicians, school districts and associations involved with government. He eventually retired from the insurance business. He met his future child bride while at the Gazette and would later marry Eleanor Ferraro. Together they would have two wonderful sons, Robert E. Moore and Eben N. Moore. He felt they were the most significant achievement in his life. A very loyal family member, he remembered fondly the many family gatherings both at home and at his camp in Maine. As far as family history he felt If you've seen one horse thief, you've seen them all! He is survived by his ex-wife, Ellie of Colonie; son, Robbie of Colonie; son, Eben of Brooldy; brother, Parker and wife, Elaine of Cape Coral, FL; brother, Jim and wife, Patty of Rochester, NY; cousin, Buddy and wife, Ellen of Ellsworth, ME; good friends, George, Jiro and Mary Murphy, Bill Fay and the Breakfast Club. John was preceded in death by his mother, Hazel; stepmother, Agnes; and father, Robert L. Moore. A graveside service will be held Monday, 10 a.m. at Saratoga National Cemetery. Anyone wishing to make a donation is asked to pick their favorite veteran's organization and contribute to it.