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Murdock C. Moore American Veteran

Murdock “Doc” Moore of Findlay, Ohio, passed away August 16, 2012 after a brief illness.  Born May 30, 1924 in Boston, Massachusetts to Annie (MacLeod) Moore and Richard Moore, Doc grew up in Boston, eventually graduating from the Thompson Island Academy and Boston English High School.  While at the Academy, Doc studied drumming with legendary musician Gene Krupa and briefly considered a career in music.  Within days of turning 17, however, he  graduated from high school and was offered a job printing menus for the Parker House Hotel in Boston. While there, he discovered printer’s ink in his veins.

Doc apprenticed as a printer until soon after the start of World War II.  While his mother and stepfather, Roger Concannon, were out of the country, Doc enrolled in the Merchant Marines.  He was sent to the Gallups Island Radio School and earned his radio operators license.  Once he completed his training, he was made chief radio officer aboard the S. S. Lewis Morris Liberty ship and later the S.S. Matthew J. O’Brien.

In a brief autobiography Doc wrote for his family, he had this to say about his experiences in the Merchant Marine:

“My deepest respect and admiration goes to those merchant mariners who survived and sailed on through the carnage of 1942.   After 1942, chances of survival for merchant seamen rose dramatically, although we still sailed in harm’s way.  Harm’s way took me to 66 ports of call and 25 countries.”

For his military service, Doc was awarded the U.S Coast Guard rank of Lt. JG [R/T] as well as a Diplome award from the French government for his participation during the invasion of Normandy in 1944.

Once out of the military, Doc married the love of his life, Irene Mary Adams of Medford, Massachusetts.  Now tired of the sea, he chose to get a job “so far inland they wouldn’t know what an oar was.” He found work as a printer at the Maumee Valley News.  While living in Maumee, Doc built a house and raised four children with his wife.

On August 1, 1959, Doc was hired as a printer by the Courier (at the time known as the Republican Courier), eventually rising to the title of production foreman.

During his 30-year tenure, his reliability and work ethic became well known at the newspaper.  His proudest moment came during the Blizzard of ’78 when he and a three person crew produced an entire paper, including the ad inserts. He downplayed his determination, though, writing about himself:

“The modest success I had in the newspaper production field was not due to ambition.   I have spent my life drifting along with the tide of events.  “Lazy” is the key word to describe my endeavours.  My laziness made me efficient so my workplace efforts could be done faster and easier.   There wasn’t a single task in newspaper production that someone couldn’t do better.   I could do them all competently BUT I knew which one to do first.  During this lazy career, aided by The Courier’s great employees (I never had reason in 25 years to fire anyone for cause) and the paper’s quality equipment, I was responsible for the creation of over 260,000 newspaper pages.”

Doc retired from the Courier in June 1989 but grew bored and came back shortly thereafter, this time as a security guard.  All the time “guarding” allowed him to discover his talent as a poet.  Many of his poems were published in the Courier, including this one:

Where’s My Trowel?

I have no garden to dote upon;
all I have is a lousy lawn.

All tufts and patches, here and there,
the upkeep has me in despair

It’s “home, sweet home” to assorted weeds,
who spend their time sowing lots of seeds.  .

The garden club tours the house next door,
but no one shows up at the house of Moore!

The solution for this is easily seen.
I’ll cement it all in and paint it green!

Doc “the man with a plan” Moore

Professed laziness aside, Doc had a strong commitment to the Findlay community.  He was a volunteer for many years with “Meals on Wheels”, as well as Blanchard Valley Hospital and the Hancock County Fair.  He donated to many charitable organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club and Planned Parenthood.  He also helped produce the quarterly magazine of the Hancock Historical Society.

Although he claimed his hobbies were “maundering, reading, puttering, punning and bickering” he travelled extensively, landing on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.  He also wrote articles for the professional maritime magazines Proceedings, Sea Classics, and The Pointer.

Doc spent 20 years guarding The Courier. He volunteered to work each Christmas, then submitted a report to his boss detailing Santa’s attempts to get in the building:

Official Security Reports at The Courier
(12/25/96)

To Edwin Heminger (owner and publisher of The Courier newspaper)

Ed – please be advised that sometime last night a miscreant (of dubious origin) entered the premises and littered the building with good cheer!   Everywhere you looked – flashing lights!   Tinsel!   Greenery!   And smiles!

My friend Ebenezer Scrooge warned me that this could happen, but I scoffed at such a premise.   Methinks that this condition is only a temporary lunacy and in a week or so all traces of this frenzy will dissipate into the cold, cold, days ahead… there is no need for warmth, frivolity and generosity while there is work to be done.

If perchance, you and your family have been caught up in this “good will” spasm, may I wish you and your family and your checkbook a swift and complete recovery.

And so I remain the peerless portal porter

– Doc “Ho! Ho! Ho!” the Moore

Doc re-retired from the Courier in December 2009.

He passed peacefully from this world to the next surrounded by his children.

He is preceded in death by his wife and best friend, Irene [Adams] Moore.

He is survived by all four of his children: Shirley [Moore] Reasner of Findlay; Captain Murdock M. Moore (USAF ret’d) of Dayton; Donald F. Moore, of Findlay; and Wendy M. Moore, of Boston, Massachusetts.  Mourning their grandfather are: Lisa [Fisher] Wood of Findlay, Kevin A. Fisher of Perrysburg; Adam T. Reasner, of Seattle, Washington and Katherine [Reasner] Laux of Findlay.  Also missing Murdock will be his great-grandchildren Chelsea Fisher, Grace Ramsey, Cody Ramsey, Emily Smith, Nichole (Josh) Niese and Molly Reasner.  He is also survived by six great-great grandchildren.

At Doc Moore’s request, there will be no memorial services of any kind. Memorial contribution’s may be made to the City Mission of Findlay, or the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank.

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  1. My sincerest condolances on you loss. Doc was as good of man that there can be…caring…honest…wise.

  2. Kathy and Jeff Stevens August 18, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Shirley,

    I wish we could be there to give you a hug like you did for me on the day of my mom’s funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

    Love you,
    Kathy and Jeff Stevens

  3. Donna and Pete Kitta August 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Murdock….
    We want to express our deepest sympathy over the loss of your dad. Nothing replaces the love of a wonderful parent.
    Thinking of you during this difficult time,
    Donna and Pete

  4. To “Doc’s” family, He was a wonderful neighbor and good friend. My condolences to the entire family at this time. I remember how he loved the rides in the convertible to go get ice cream. Sincerely, Chris Riedel.

  5. Beth (Haley) Burke August 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Smiley and Wendy, your dad brought me great book treasures from Hale’s Wishing Well. He and my dad shared lots of good times. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Beth

  6. Dear Shirley and family of “Doc” Moore,

    I want you to know that I am praying for you during this time of grief. I didn’t know “Doc”, but the obituary describes a wonderfully interesting, talented, intelligent man. May God’s love comfort you and give you peace. A sister in Christ, Sharon

  7. Dear Capt. Moore:

    I only had a short time to get acquainted with your Father since he arrived at Birchaven. It was a pleasure and we had good conversations.

    I am sorry for his passing and you have my sincerest sympathy.

    What a famous life he had and did so many out standing things, including raising you four children.

    Till we meet again, my best wishes to all of you.

    Bob Strathman

  8. St. Michael the Archangel Bereavement Team August 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    We were so saddened to read of Murdock’s death. Please know that our prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

  9. To Uncle Doc’s Family,
    I was so very upset to hear about Uncle Doc’s passing. I saw a posting from cousin Kelly (Warren’s daughter). I loved him dearly. We continued to keep in touch after Aunt Irene passed. I’m sorry I didn’t keep in touch more! My thoughts & prayers are with you all during this hard time. RIP Uncle Doc & I Love You!

    Love,
    Cousin Beverly

  10. Shirley…so sorry to hear of the passing of your father who sounds like a truly extra ordinary man. I am passing on a few words from Terry Bright at her request.

    Pat,

    Please pass this on to Shirley… Unfortunately, I did not know your father, however, this tribue to him shares small snapshots into a treasured man’s perspective on life. Thank you for sharing. It appears he touched many people and his caring wit and observations are missed. Again thank you for showing us a man valued by so many.

  11. Dear family of Murdock Moore. As the “old” teacher of most of the children and grandchildren I want to express my sympathy at your loss. It was good to know of the whereabouts of all of you. My memories of all of you are very pleasant. May you know God’s blessings. Fondly Margaret Ryan St. Michael’s.

  12. Rachael & Andrew Rahrig August 24, 2012 at 9:56 am

    To “Doc’s” Family,

    We moved in next door to Doc three years ago as newlyweds, and he was the first to welcome us to the community! We enjoyed many of his stories, jokes and writings, and he always had a kind word and “hello!” for us from across the fence. It was clear that he loved his family, was proud of each of his children, and his community. He will be greatly missed.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers,

    -The Rahrigs

  13. Murdock, I am glad you and your brother and sisters were with your Dad when he passed away. My sincere condolences to the Moore family.

  14. Florence macdonald October 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    just found out about murdoch so sorry to hear. he was a great man and will never be forgotten.

    • Florence — I’m sorry you’re so late in finding out. I was only able to find one address for our Canadian relatives and I sent a letter there. I don’t remember the person I sent it to, unfortunately. Dad spoke about all of you very fondly. He was so proud of his Canadian roots. All the best — Wendy

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