Lifetime Harborite James Stephen “Jim” Moore died Friday in Seattle at the age of 61. He had been ill for some time and died due to complications of the illness, said one of his friends. The owner of Moore’s Interiors, Inc. was born to Jack Herschel and Lorene LaVerne (Lind) Moore on April 20, 1952, in Aberdeen.
Monday, several on the Harbor remembered his friendship and generosity.
“He was a very giving man,” said Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson, who knew him for 30 years. “He helped as many people as he could,” he added remembering that Moore carpeted the dining hall at police headquarters.
“Jim Moore was a compassionate and giving man, always willing to give a helping hand to his community and friends, I will miss him!” Police Chief Robert Torgerson noted in email.
“He was a good friend in Elks and an Elks officer,” said fellow Elk Gary McLaughlin of Aberdeen who met him in the ’70s. His friend has been in Swedish Hospital in Seattle recently, McLaughlin said.
Moore is survived by his wife, Skeeter Moore of Aberdeen and three sons: David, Jason and Jared Moore, and two grandchildren Michael and Trinity. A sister, Janice M. Moore lives in Custer, S. D.
Reached at Moore’s, Cheryl Gruber said she started working with him 25 years ago. “He was a wonderful boss, a very caring person,” said Gruber.
“He was a hard-working guy who did a lot for the community and we are all going to miss him,” said Ray Ericks, owner of Waugh’s Mens and Womens Clothing, who served with Moore on a couple of city commissions. Moore did “a lot of things nobody ever knew he did … it will be “hard to pick up the slack.” He was active in keeping downtown Aberdeen clean and had just agreed to have a mural about Nirvana and Kurt Cobain painted on the side of his building at 210 S. Broadway.
“As a friend I am going to miss him. As a business owner, I respected him,” Ericks said.
“It’s always a shock when you learn someone you know has died, especially when he or she is younger than oneself. He was very ill … going in for extensive testing to determine the cause of the problem. To me, he was a kind and gentle man and excited about his involvement with the mural contemplated for his building,” said Sylvia Dickerson, who with Michael Dickerson, is a co-founder of Our Aberdeen, sponsor of the mural. “He was very much a fixture in the community. Don’t know that I can say anything more since Michael and I are relatively ‘newbies’ in the community. Personally, I am saddened by his passing and, at this time, don’t know how his passing will affect the … mural.”
A graveside service with vault interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Fern Hill Cemetery in Aberdeen. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam.
A celebration of his life follows at 1 at the Aberdeen Elks Lodge.
Those who wish to are invited to record thoughts for the family at the online register at www.colemanmortuary.net.