26 August 2009

The Obit

Fred Moore Sr. passed away peacefully shortly after the Mariners won on Tuesday, August 25, 2009.

He was an avid Mariners fan. He was surrounded by his family.

Fred was born on June 4, 1933. He lived nearly his entire life in Big Lake. He raised three kids in the same house that he bought with Mom in 1957. He loved living on the lake. Dad was often the first one out on the lake when the weather was cold & the lake froze over. He enjoyed watching the wildlife that lived on the lake, feeding birds and sitting by a fire. He loved being involved in any or all of the activities that happened at the lake.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Donna. His son, Fred Jr., Amy and his granddaughters whom he was incredibly proud of: April & Amber Moore; his son Gary & friend Renee, and daughter Karen and son-in-law Randy. He also leaves behind Brett Berg, whom he considered a son, his wife Tracy & their children and Dustin Sanders - his other daughter, her husband Wayne & son Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and many friends.

He will be missed will missed by his pinochle & cribbage friends at the American Legion in Sedro Woolley, where he was a member for 47 years.

Fred led a very interesting life:

He was a Boy Scout as a child and was involved in the Boy Scouts when his boys were young. He was also a Little League coach off and on throughout his children’s lives.

He graduated from Sedro Woolley High School in 1952 and was pleased to see each of his three children graduate from there as well.

He studied at Western Washington University before his tour of duty in Korea.

He honorably served his country for two years in the Korean War in the early 1950’s. He was an Army firefighter. He was award the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal.

He was part of the fire department for 46 years. He started as a firefighter and worked his way up to Fire Chief of the Big Lake Volunteer Fire Department , which he supported until his death. He was a Fire Commissioner for eight years following his retirement as chief.

He donated over ten gallons of blood during his lifetime, an accomplishment he was very proud of.

In partnership with Lyle Robbins, Fred began the Big Lake Fireworks tradition which is still being carried on, 46 years later. He watched all three of his children earn their pyrotechnics license.

Fred was a jack of all trades: he worked for the Skagit County Public Works, Washington State Highway Department, Rural Sanitation Services, and retired as a heavy equipment operator from Operating Engineers #302.

The family would like to thank Dr Bruce Mathey and the great staff at North Puget Cancer Center in Sedro Woolley, the hospice volunteers Rhonda, Birdie, and Tom. Also, from the bottom of our hearts: thank you Rory for standing by & helping us all.

The family requests everyone to share pictures and/or their favorite story of Fred at the Celebration of Life on Sunday, September 6 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Big Lake Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in his name to the Big Lake Volunteer Fire Department or North Puget Cancer Center.


Not Your Aunt B said...

Lovely obit. Big hugs to you.

Dynamita said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. Hugs from this side of the pond.