Friday, April 29, 2011

Remembering My Dad, Tony Moore, on his 76th birthday

When my father passed away in 2008, I wrote an obit for him, but was unable to publish it in full. In remembrance, I am posting the unedited version here:

Anthony "Tony" Michael Moore passed away on August 1, 2008 at his home in Vista, surrounded by his wife and children.  Born April 29, 1935 to Fred and Wanda (Allen) Moore, Tony spent his youth in and around the Seattle, Washington area. He received a degree in business from the University of Washington, where he met his wife of 50 years, Janis Proctor. They married in 1958. Shortly thereafter, the US Navy relocated the young couple to Southern California where they settled and raised their family.  A longtime resident of both Rancho Bernardo and Vista, Tony was in management for JCPenney's for over 25 years and in 1988, with his wife, opened his own business - Ear Labs Hearing Aid Centers (Escondido, Vista, Lake San Marcos), retiring in 2005. He was a wonderful, loving husband and father and will be remembered for his strength of character and kindness by all who had the honor of knowing him. Other than spending time with his family, he enjoyed gardening, tennis and the LA Dodgers. His sister says that when he was a little boy, his most ardent wish was to have a family of his own. As a dedicated family man, he certainly accomplished this. He is survived by his wife Janis, his daughter Erin Huffer and husband John; daughter Ann Gingrich; daughter CeCe Moore; son Anthony Moore, Jr and wife Yukari; sister Yvonne Hawkins and husband Vern; brother Sid Moore and wife Shirley; seven grandchildren- Amber, Ashley, Courtney, Rochelle, Paige, Hiro and Nicolas; and two great-grandchildren Harrison and York.

He is greatly missed.


  1. Your father was a very handsome young man, and a distinguished older man. I hope he has a circle of friends celebrating his birthday with him today.

  2. How wonderful to be so warmly remembered. You must be justly proud to be his descendent, and to have passed on those genes!

  3. What a handsome guy--right through the ages--and obviously a father you're very proud of. I'm sure he was equally as proud of you -- and would love this beautiful panegyric!