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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
William Moore

William John Moore

April 6, 1925 - April 21, 2020
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William J. Moore, 95, beloved husband of 67 years to Mary Spencer Moore of Simsbury, died peacefully on April 21, 2020. Born in New London, CT and raised in Bristol, CT, he was the son of the late William Allen Moore and Stasia Ponda Moore. William resided in Simsbury for the past 64 years.

In 1943, William graduated from Bristol High School, where he lettered in football and baseball, and served as the captain of the baseball team. The day after his high school graduation, William enlisted in the Navy in order to serve his country during World War II.

William served in the Pacific Theater from 1943 until his honorable discharge in 1946. In a harrowing episode of naval bravery, William and many of his crewmates serving on the destroyer escort USS Shelton survived a torpedo attack from a Japanese submarine by leaping onto another US Navy destroyer escort as the Shelton flooded.

After serving in the war, William enrolled at University of Connecticut where he joined the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and earned a degree in Industrial Engineering. He played on UCONN’s baseball and football teams for four years and he served as the co-captain of the football team during his Senior Year. William developed many treasured, lifelong friendships with his teammates and his fellow students at the various schools he attended.

After graduating from college William began his professional working career as an Industrial Engineer at Royal Typewriter. In the 1970s William joined Heublein as Chief Industrial Engineer and continued working there until his retirement in 1994.

William’s love of sports manifested itself in many ways throughout his adult life. On weekends, he braved the ski slopes with his family. In addition, he enjoyed golfing at Hop Meadow Country Club with Mary, his children, and his special group of club friends. For many years, he coached Simsbury Little League Baseball’s minor and major league teams, on which his sons played, as well as his daughter’s softball team. Even when not coaching, William devotedly attended his children’s sporting events, from soccer games to swim meets. In his later years, he kept this tradition alive, proudly watching his grandchildren carry on the family’s love of athletics.

William was a member of the Greatest Generation. His experiences there certainly helped to solidify some of the values he held dear: family, faithful commitment, and work ethic. Those values, in addition to a few of his own as exemplified by his favorite sayings such as: “Have a lot of fun” and “Take it slow,” made him the best husband, father, grandfather, mentor, and friend that he could be. He will be dearly missed by all.

William is survived by his wife Mary, his loving children (and their spouses): Pamela Verney (Jeff Verney) of West Simsbury, William Moore (Cathy Moore) of Cromwell, David Moore (Kathy Moore) of Middletown, and Leslie Dewey (Paul Dewey) of Johns Creek, GA, as well as his five beloved grandchildren, Samuel, William, Morgan, Amanda, and Caroline.

Due to the Pandemic a funeral Mass and burial will be postponed until a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Parish, 944 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT. 06070. Please visit William’s “Book of Memories” at for online tributes.
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MajGen Paul Lefebvre, USMC

Posted at 11:02am
Mr. Moore and my father (Ernie Lefebvre) went to high school and college together. They played football at Bristol high school and at UCONN and were fraternity brothers. They both served in WW II. They are both role models for me and for so many others.

Mr. Moore’s actions in the war were significant but to listen to him you would think they were routine but not to me. He was very humble about his contributions.

His service to the Nation and to the community represent the best of the Greatest Generation.

His personal example on the playing field was often a topic of discussion in our house. How he played and led on the field and how that extended to family and friends are impacted many.

I look around today and am thankful for what we have and I attribute this to his generation and example.

He will be missed and the Lefebvre’s send their prayers and condolences to Mrs Moore and their great family.


Major General Paul Lefebvre
Emerald Isle, NC

Pamela Verney Posted at 05:47pm

Thank you so much for sharing these stories and these kind words. Dad was blessed to have a friend like Ernie and as their respective families grew we were all blessed to know each other. Thank you for your prayers and condolences from the entire Moore family.

Robert Lindberg

Posted at 09:48pm
Mary, Pam, Bill, David and Leslie - we are so sorry for your loss. Bill was a good soul, with a kind heart and a great sense of humor. From our earliest days at HMCC to the more recent lunches at Bennie’s, seeing Bill in a room always brightened the day. Our prayers are with you all.
Bob and Carol Lindberg

Pamela Verney Posted at 05:50pm

Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers. Those were happy times at HMCC and Bennies!

Victor J Naleski

Posted at 01:04pm
I worked with Bill at Heublein, Inc. in the years just before his retirement . Bill never seemed to let anything bother him. He had a great sense of humor and was always willing to play in our company golf tournaments. He was great guy. My condolences to his family.

Pamela Verney Posted at 05:53pm

Thank you very much Victor.

Jane Croft

Posted at 01:14am
Mary and family, am so sorry to hear of your husband's death and nice to read about his interesting life and love of sports. Love also to David and Leslie who I knew more than your other children. I remember Pam was one of my first baby sitters when we moved to the neighborhood in 1971. You are all in my thoughts & prayers.

Pamela Verney Posted at 05:54pm

Thank you so much Jane

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