A lifetime resident of the Chesterville area, Bert Moore passed away peacefully at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Thurs., Sept. 22, 2011. He was 82.
Bert was born in Chesterville on Nov. 3, 1928, to his parents, the late Edward and the late Josephine Moore (nee Moran). He married his loving wife, Theresa (nee Ryan), on Aug. 12, 1961, in Renfrew. Bert and Theresa worked hard to build up a successful farm on Limerick Road. All of his nieces and nephews from the city enjoyed coming to the farm for some unforgettable hay rides.
Bert loved his four children. He always made sure there was a rink for them to skate on. He spent countless hours flooding the rink after milking at night. He enjoyed playing hockey, first with his 13 brothers and sisters on the pond, then with his kids, and even with the Old Timer’s hockey team, where he became famous as “Al-Bert.”
After their retirement from the farm, Bert and Theresa moved to the village of Chesterville. In order to keep busy, Bert did a lot of walking. He would always be strolling by — in sunshine, rain, snow, or ice. Often, Bert would get visiting with someone and forget why he went downtown, and then he would have to make another trip! Bert and Theresa loved to spend time at the cottage on Graham Lake. Bert was always waiting for visitors so he could show off his skill at horseshoes. He spent hours fishing, swimming, boating, and paddle-boating. Nothing was more precious to him than spending time with his wife, his family, and his grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his friendly smile, his contagious laugh, his funny jokes, his silly songs, and of course, for the little twinkle in his eyes, that made us all love him. He definitely made the world a better place, and he left behind lots of wonderful memories.
Bert is survived by his wife, Theresa, his children, Jeff (Au Quang Phuc) of Chesterville, Beth (Gary) Winters of Finch, Mary Lynn (Steve) Plummer of Chesterville, and Kevin (Laurie) of Russell. He was the dear brother of Ronnie (the late Patricia) of Lunenburg, Raymond (Lena) of P.E.I., Phil (Gerri) of Napanee, Tommy (the late Marlene) of Lunenburg, Pat (Doreen) of Napanee, Nancy (Nick) O’Donohue of Chatham, and Mike (Claire) of P.E.I. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Josephine, sisters, Frances Quast, Helen Charbonneau, Betty Galbraith, Marjorie Barrett, and brothers, John and Neil Moore. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Jeremy, Sean, Justine, and Emily. He is also survived by his many nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Chesterville on Mon., Sept. 26 and Tues., Sept. 27. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary of the Presentation Catholic Church in Chesterville on Tues., Sept. 27, with Father Cosmas Ajawara and Father Bill Ryan officiating. Interment followed the service at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were Bert’s brothers, Tommy, Phil, Pat, and Mike Moore; and grandsons, Jeremy Plummer and Sean Winters. The honourary pallbearers were Ronnie (Joe) Moore, and granddaughters, Justine Plummer and Emily Winters.
Donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be greatly appreciated by the family.