Bernice (Deady) Moore

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Bernice (Deady) Moore, 85, of Watch Hill, R.I., and Waterbury, Conn., died peacefully at her Rhode Island home after a lengthy illness on June 10, 2012, with her family at her side. Bernice was born on October 14, 1926 to the late Brigadier General William W. and Alice (McNulty) Deady in Waterbury, Connecticut. She was a lifelong resident of Waterbury until retiring full time to the family home in Watch Hill, R.I. in 1996 with her husband, Edwin J.T. Moore, MD, a longtime Waterbury physician. She was predeceased by her siblings, William, Patricia and John.
Bernice was a graduate of St. Margaret elementary school and Waterbury Catholic High School. In 1947, Bernice graduated from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn., earning her degree with the College's first graduating class of nursing students. On July 6, 1944, Bernice was one of many St. Joseph undergraduate nursing students called into duty for days to aid the more than 700 burn victims who had been transported to area hospitals from Hartford's great circus fire that took more than 160 lives. She often spoke of how the experience had left an indelible impression on her about the fragility and unpredictability of life, and how it helped make her a better nurse, wife and mother.
Bernice is survived by her husband, Edwin, seven children and spouses, including Edwin J. T. Moore, Jr. and Donna Moore, William D. and Maureen Moore, Mary Alice Moore Leonhardt, Maureen Moore Bergin, Kevin J.T. and Kim Moore, Dennis P. and Tara Moore, Kathleen and Scott Patton, twenty-eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and daughter-in-law, Anne Moore. She was pre-deceased by three children, Terrence Michael, Timothy Brian, Brendan, and her son-in-law, Anthony Bergin. A devout Roman Catholic and lifelong communicant of St. Margaret Church in Waterbury, and St. Claire Church in Misquamicut, R.I., Bernice gave freely of her time over the years, volunteering countless hours at St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury Day Nursery, BirthRight, Literacy Volunteers in Westerly, R.I., the Watch Hill Improvement Society and public libraries in Westerly and Watch Hill, and more. She served on numerous organizational boards throughout her years, including St. Mary's Hospital Women's Auxiliary. Bernice was an active member of the Country Club of Waterbury, the Misquamicut Club in Watch Hill and the Watch Hill Yacht Club.
A devoted wife and mother, Bernice's greatest joy was her family. She thrilled to the ever expanding numbers as grandchildren and great-grandchildren arrived year after year. Never was she short of words in describing to another the accomplishments of each and the pride she took in everyone. Her conversations always concluded with the words, "I love you."
Bernice was an accomplished bridge player and avid golfer, activities through which she enjoyed the company of her many friends throughout her life. She was an intrepid sailor who shared many adventures alongside her captain, Ed, on the Duchess. She possessed a ready smile, a twinkle in her beautiful blue eyes, an Irish wit and a kind word that makes it easy to understand how she caught the eye of a handsome young doctor on St. Patrick's Day in 1948 at Hartford's St. Francis Hospital. This was the man with whom she would share her life for more than six decades. Bernice passed away on the couple's 62nd wedding anniversary.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, June 15, 2012 at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Old St. Joseph Cemetery in Waterbury. Friends may call at the Bergin Funeral Home, 290 East Main Street, Waterbury, on Thursday, June 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, to send an online condolence or share a story or picture please visit
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the University of St. Joseph, Office of Alumnae Relations and Annual Giving, 678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117.
Published in The Westerly Sun from June 13 to June 14, 2012