THOMAS KEITH MOORE September 7, 1949 - May 5, 2021
Tom couldn't imagine a day without a pen in his hand. But on May 5 he did not go to his drafting board. Instead, he stayed in bed and died peacefully as he had hoped to, with loving family all around.
Son of Albert Keith Moore and Myra Isabel Moore (nee Jackson) of Winnipeg, and younger brother to Judy and Sylvia, Tom was born in Hamilton and brought up in Burlington. In 1966 Tom attended Neuchatel Junior College in Switzerland where he met lifelong friends, including his wife to be, Deborah Louise Barton of Vancouver.
From the age of seven Tom knew he wanted to be an architect. And so, after returning from Switzerland, Tom entered the School of Architecture at the University of Toronto. Upon graduation in 1973 he won the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's Student Gold Medal.
A travelling scholarship sent him and Debbie on a 'wanderjahr' after graduation. Stories of these times forged a strong love of travel and independence among their children.
Tom's career began at Carruthers Shaw Architects in Toronto before he moved on to form Grey-Noble and Moore Architects and then Thomas Moore Architect Limited. His work spanned retail, commercial, residential and golf club design. It evolved into cottage design in Ontario and then in Prince Edward Island where he built his family cottage in 1988. His designs were beautiful, thoughtful and uniquely detailed. They encouraged people to come together to create new and treasured memories.
Married in 1974, Debbie and Tom began their family in 1978 with the birth of son Jesse followed in 1981 by daughter Dana. The family was raised in Toronto's Beaches neighbourhood, with summers spent at the cottage in PEI. Jesse later married Natasha Sweeney and Dana married Galen Dineen. Four beautiful grandchildren - Leo, Marlowe, Rowan, and Forrester - made Tom a very happy and proud Grandfather.
Tom was diagnosed with advanced cancer more than six years ago. He knew his time was limited and wanted to use it well. He traveled to Kenya and designed the Nairobi headquarters for his son's company. He designed a Toronto lane house that involved Jesse, Natasha, Dana, and Galen. He expanded the family cottage, Moondock. And he co-founded the St. Peters Harbour Lighthouse Society, spearheading efforts for the community to purchase and restore this beautiful and iconic building.
Tom never met a map, a crossword or a sundowner G&T he didn't like. He loved to play golf, especially when he was putting well. He loved to host a party or event, especially golf tournaments. He loved to practice yoga at his daughter's hot yoga studio. And he loved to sketch.
He was a stubborn, caring, and artistic man. No amount of cancer could keep him from his drafting board, until his very last day.
A special thanks to the many members of his medical team at Michael Garron hospital who supported him so well for so many years, including Dr. Jing Li, Dr. Kevin Workentin and Dr. Rajiv Singal.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
If you would like to donate in his name, please consider the St. Peters Harbour Lighthouse Society. www.stpetersharbourlighthouse.com