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James Joseph Moore, Jr.

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“I knew Jim for many years both as a student in the West Hartford Public School System and also when I worked for the town as a Public School Resource...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Giovanni Seccareccia - CT

“I will always carry the memory of his enduring graciousness and warm smile. What a inspiration for all of us, teachers and staff, to constantly keep...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Sherry Stidolph - West Hartford, CT

“The Saint Dominic High School Community mourns the loss of one of our proud and accomplished Alumni ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Saint Dominic High School

“Thanks for the many memories of Jim and all of his family. My sincerest sympathy on his passing. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Otto Burgett - Pompano Beach, FL

“The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: fjohn reinke (mc1968) - NJ

“Our family was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of the Chief. Our thoughts and our love go out to the whole Moore family. We have known the...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Len and Deb Reinhart - PA

“To Jim, a former colleague and friend, and more importantly, a true gentleman. I always enjoyed my talks with Jim as he had such wonderful insights...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Gaetano J. Amato - Avon, CT

“What a marvelous man; always standing up for teachers and always with the children at his first focus. Jim's character and strength of conviction may...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Ray & Peggy Callahan - CT

“My prayers are with the Moore family. Always Michael Jordan ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Michael Jordan - Stamford, CT

“I wish I could be there today, for visitation. Not only for big powerful hugs to share, but to celebrate Chief. Though I haven't had the pleasure of...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Judy Klein - Stevensville, MT

“Dr. Moore hired me at age 50--it was a miracle for which I will be forever grateful. He trusted me to deliver and I did my best to earn his trust. ...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Arlene Grandbois - Bristol, CT

“Dr. Moore was my principle at Morley Elementary School. I will always remember his contagious smile! I am so sorry for you loss, my thoughts are with...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Colby - West Hartford, CT

“Dear Mrs. Moore and family, As you know, I so enjoyed any time I got to spend with Dr. Moore, who was my teacher in CSI and also Director of...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Simone Vrabel le Coutre - CT

“Will never forget 'The Chief". My deepest sympathies to the Moore Family. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: John Silliman - Marlborough, CT

“TO ALL THE FAMILY OF JAMES JOSEPH MOORS, JR. BYRON AND I SHARE IN YOUR SORROW OF THE LOSS OF YOUR DAD! HE HAD TO BE A VERY SPECIAL PERSON TO HAVE...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Henrietta Barber - Greensboro, NC

“So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for your family. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: The Gartn Family - Athens , GA

“Some of my fondest memories of "Chief" were the toasts he gave at all his family gatherings, especially weddings with words so eloquently spoken....Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Tim and Susan McAuliffe - NY

“Our thiughts and prayers are with the Moore family. May you find comfort in loving memories, faith, family and friends. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Jamey and Rebecca Thaw - Athens, GA


James Joseph Moore, Jr., 86, of West Hartford, died peacefully on December 7, surrounded by his loving family. Known affectionately as "The Chief" to all who loved him, he was a lifelong educator, beloved for his wry humor, quiet passions, graceful athleticism -- and, above all, for the remarkable toasts, graces, and speeches that marked every family gathering, causing everyone to reach for tissues when the familiar sheaf of yellow lined pages appeared.

Dr. Moore grew up in Oyster Bay, NY, and attended St. Dominic High School, where he was class president, editor of the school newspaper and star pitcher for the baseball team. He played semi-pro baseball after high school, and earned an invitation to try out for the Philadelphia Phillies, but opted instead to attend Manhattan College and pursue his dream of becoming an educator. Thereafter, he earned his Master's Degree from Hofstra University, and his Ed.D from St. John's University in 1967.

After becoming a classroom teacher and principal in Glen Cove, NY, he had the opportunity to participate in a progressive educational project run by the Harvard School of Education in the Lexington, Mass. school district. This program, which ran for six consecutive summers, had a defining effect on his educational philosophies, and inspired his move to West Hartford in 1967, where he joined the public school system as Director of Instruction. Throughout his career in the West Hartford Public Schools, he maintained his focus on teachers and the classroom, working as Director of Curriculum and Staff Development, and Director of Personnel. When asked to describe his work, he would always say he loved "teaching teachers how to teach." In his final professional years, he was delighted to return to the school setting, working as principal of Morley Elementary School. After leaving WHPS, he continued his advocacy for teaching through work with Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), and the University of St. Joseph School of Education.

He is survived by his beloved wife and partner Winnie, with whom he created a passionate, vibrant sense of family. He also leaves six children and their families: James and Susan Moore, of Athens, Ga., Michael and Colleen Moore of Stamford, Conn., Winnie and Greg Carey of Holliston, Mass., Mary-Alice Moore and Chris McAleese of Fairfield, Conn., Kevin Moore of New London, and Patrice and Larry Vogt of Chatham, NJ.; twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The Moores were members of St. Peter Claver Church in West Hartford, where Jim enjoyed the quiet personal ritual of attending daily morning mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools, www.fwhps.org. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday December 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of St. Peter Claver 47 Pleasant St. West Hartford. Burial will be private. Visitation will be held TODAY December 9 from 4-8 p.m. at the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home 136 South Main St., West Hartford. For online condolences and directions please visit www.taylorandmodeen.com

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