MOORE Christopher Gavin Moore, 48, passed away on August 27, 2017 in Jacksonville Beach. His kind and generous heart stopped beating in the early morning hours. Gavin is survived by his parents, Suzanne McCormick Taylor (Robert) and Charles Newberry Moore, grandmother Jean Haden McCormick, brothers Travis Alexander Moore (Erica), Mark Allen Moore (Erin), and Rhyan Derring Taylor, nieces Alexandra Keller Moore, Taylor Julia Moore, and Ellis Jean Moore, two goddaughters, and his large loving family. Born June 30, 1969 in Cincinnati, Gavin attended Christ Church Preschool, Beaches Episcopal School, and The Episcopal School of Jacksonville, graduating in 1987. He earned his BS in Mathematics and Computer Science at Sewanee: The University of the South, where he was a proud member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Returning to Jacksonville, his first job was designing and installing Apple computer labs in three Northeast Florida public school districts. After earning his MBA at the University of Florida, Gavin worked for Internet startup LookSmart in San Francisco, and Meridian Solar in Austin, where he helped guide the company through a period of expansion to become the leading solar contractor in the state. At the time of his death, he owned and operated San Pablo Realty in Atlantic Beach, as a licensed real estate broker. Gavin's legacy includes his innate ability to make and keep friends. He touched countless lives with endless smiles and laughter, a knack for telling good long stories, and a determination to stay in touch. He was an avid live music enthusiast who shared this love with friends. A committed community volunteer, Gavin's activities included playing Santa Claus at the Beaches Museum & History Park Christmas gathering, cooking for hundreds to raise money for charity, and responding to anyone needing a hand. Gavin enjoyed travel, participated in exchange programs in France and Italy, and loved scalloping and kayaking. Aside from his top priorities of family and friends, his lifelong passions were the Georgia Bulldogs and the family's circa 1873 homestead and ranch in Palm Valley. He grew up hunting and enjoying the outdoors with his family and late grandfather, J.T. McCormick. Gavin regularly hosted at the ranch: Thanksgiving gatherings, weekend afternoons of Georgia football, and feasts for large crowds. His brisket, pulled pork, turkey, and Minorcan-style pilau (perlow) and cheesecakes were legendary. Gavin's brilliant mind, wit, and expansive spirit left a positive impression on everyone he met. Services will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017, at 11 am, Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl. 32082. A private family burial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Gavin's name to the Jean McCormick Founders' Fund of the Beaches Museum & History Park, 381 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, Fl 32250 or the Lead the Way Campaign to benefit the McCormick Sports Complex at Episcopal School of Jacksonville, 4455 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, Fl. 32207. Services are under the direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach.
Published in Florida Times-Union from Sep. 3 to Sep. 7, 2017.