Peacefully, in the presence of his family, Dennis Elton Moore, age 79, went to join our Lord on November 12, 2019. Dennis was an admirable man who will forever be remembered as the strong foundation of a beautiful family.
Before all else came his faith, his wife of 51 years, and his family. Dennis and his bride Joan were married in 1968 in Jefferson, NY. Their love was a blessing on their lives and those of their children: Deborah (Chancey), John, Dean, Lisa (Thomas,) and Denise (James.) There were so many happy times for Dennis and his young family. From the high school and college graduations to the weddings of their children and arrival of fourteen grandchildren, Joshua (Paige,) Frances (Joshua,) Jackie (Tyler,) Carina, Rebecca, Derek (Stephanie,) Adam, Casey (Aaron,) Gina, Kennedy, Matthew, Jenna, Myah and Jordan, every milestone that he and Joan experienced together was a true reflection of their love and devotion to each other.
Dennis cherished every moment with Joan. He was further blessed to be part of the weddings of five of their grandchildren and celebrate the birth of seven great-grandchildren, Carter, Madalyn, Corbin, Osiris, Laura, Joshua, and Cade. There was no greater love than that between Dennis and Joan. It was selfless and stood the test of time.
As a father, he taught quietly by example; lessons of hard work, hope, and loyalty. He was a perfectionist in all that he did and believed in taking care of those people and things that he held dear. He worked tirelessly for those he cared about and would happily come to lend a hand when called upon to help.
Dennis treasured things that brought his family together such as family vacations, finding the perfect Christmas tree, or just a cup of coffee and conversation. He and Joan proudly participated in everything and anything that involved their children and grandchildren. Dennis left no room for doubt as he made a point of saying “Don’t forget I love you” each and every time.
Dennis’ roots in the area are deep. He was born on August 29, 1940 to Edna and Joseph Moore, Sr. in Stamford, NY. He grew up on the family farm with his siblings Joseph (Erna), and Helen (Gary). He graduated from Stamford Central School in 1959. From there, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. It should be no surprise to those who knew Dennis that he served with honor in the Air Commando Unit and valued the fine training and friends that came from this time of service to his country. He believed in this country as a place of opportunity for all.
Upon returning from the service, Dennis began working as a letter carrier for the U.S.P.S. while also driving the school bus for the Grand Gorge Central School. After fifteen years he was promoted to Postmaster, and worked for twenty-six more years before retiring in 2010. The friends Dennis made went beyond the workplace and he remained connected to so many in the community throughout his lifetime. He is survived by many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Dennis had a big heart and embraced friends as family. He was quick to engage in conversation with a twinkle in his eye and a hug or pat on the back in greeting. For Dennis, simply being present for those he loved was everything. He was always there. Who among us does not remember he and Joan watching the kids play sports every season or enjoying a cup of coffee at Creekside Café?
As family icon, Dennis taught his children that we should leave the world better than we found it. His long time idols Muhammed Ali, Elvis Presley and Larry Bird all exemplified this belief by using their God given talents to achieve greatness despite adversity.
Dennis was a beloved member of the Sacred Heart Parish in Stamford. His faith in God and devotion to family brought him through more than one battle against the odds His loving wife Joan cared for him every step of the way.
Delighted in the simple pleasures such as finding a great diner or enjoying the outdoors when hunting, Dennis loved traveling with family, old cars and even piloting airplanes or water skiing. We are all better for having known Dennis Moore. His faith and dedication to family will forever be a testament to the good life he lived. His memory is now and always in the hearts of those he loved.
Calling hours were held at the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury, NY for family and friends on Saturday, Nov. 16 and on Sunday Nov.17. A Funeral Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Michael Cambi at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at Sacred Heart Church, Stamford, NY. Committal Prayers will be held at a later date at Roxbury cemetery. Donations in memory of Dennis E. Moore may be made to the Grand Gorge Fire Dept. Rescue Squad. Arrangements have been entrusted to Miller Funeral Home.