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Obituary: James Joseph Moore, Jr.

James Joseph Moore, Jr., 86, of West Hartford, CT, died peacefully on Dec. 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 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, he had the opportunity to participate in a progressive educational project run by the Harvard School of Education in the Lexington, MA, 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, CT; Winnie and Greg Carey of Holliston, MA; Mary-Alice Moore and Chris McAleese of Fairfield, CT;  Kevin Moore of New London, CT; and Patrice and Larry Vogt of Chatham, NJ.; 12 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.  For online condolences and directions please visit www.taylorandmodeen.com

News

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion.

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”

“I didn’t know I needed my own Teddy Bear,” said a woman after the first annual Teddy’s Taste of the West dinner and fundraiser at Canterbury Ales on March 19.

Members were given an authentic Teddy Bear as a surprise gift at the end of the evening. As they say, membership has its privileges and that includes a June 11 event when Ken Burns will come to share a preview of his new film on three Roosevelts. Burns’ film explores the political and family ties between President Theodore Roosevelt, President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a Roosevelt in her own right.  


Sports

Muttontown resident and Kellenberg freshman Ceara Ann Conroy has been named an All-League athlete for Girls Winter Track. The title of All-League is awarded to athletes based on a vote of all the coaches in the NSCHSAA League. All of the Girls Winter Track coaches in the league vote based on the athletes performance during the season, and Conroy’s outstanding performance has earned her the title of All League this year.

The Girls Varsity Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School is just in its second year and already it is making a difference. Senior defender Danielle Maggi has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Albright College.

Last year Maggi was recognized as the “Most Improved Player,” and this year she is being recruited to play in college.

Maggi said, “We did very well in our first varsity season last year (12-2). This year we are 100 percent going for the conference. I’m excited we finally have a varsity team.”


Calendar

LI Sound Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, April 19

Annual Egg-stravaganza

Saturday, April 19

Palliative Care

Wednesday, April 23 



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