Harold Moore, longtime Dearborn resident, T-H sports reporter, dies at 83

Harold R. Moore Jr.

Harold R. Moore Jr.

Harold Roche Moore Jr. of Chelsea died peacefully at home on Friday, June 3, with his wife and hospice caregiver present. He was 83.

Mr. Moore was born on April 14, 1933, in Albany, N.Y., the son of Harold Roche Moore and Helen (MacMinn) Moore, both deceased as is his youngest brother, John Moore.

He is survived by younger brother Thomas Moore (Andrea) of Potomac, Va.; nieces and nephews; four children: Carol Moore, Harold R. Moore III, Julie Root, and Kevin Moore; and five grandchildren, Kelly Moore, Nicole and Ryan Root, Katie and Sophie Moore. His ex-wife Nancy (Tjeerdsma) Moore also survives.

In 1990, Mr. Moore married Susan (Blanchard) Gillespie. During the 25 years of their marriage the couple lived in Dearborn; Salem, Mass.; and Chelsea for the past 10 years. Susan’s four children and 10 grandchildren were dear to him as well: Lisa (Gillespie) and Steve Rowe, David, Jason and Susan; Nancy (Gillespie) and Joseph Stine, Nathaniel, Peter, Andrew, James and Matthew; and Eric Gillespie, Connor and Aiden.

Mr. Moore served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He attended Notre Dame University on a full basketball scholarship, obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and law degree from Albany Law School.

Early in his career he served as judge in Hudson Falls, N.Y., then moved to Dearborn to work for Ford Motor Co. Later he received his teaching certificate and eventually retired from the Dearborn Public Schools in 1990, although he continued to substitute teach and report on sports and entertainment for local newspapers.

He reported on sports and entertainment for the Times-Herald Newspapers throughout the 1980s.

Known for his quick wit, encyclopedic knowledge, and outgoing personality, Mr. Moore most recently served on the board of the Chelsea Area Fire Authority and enjoyed attending the Chelsea Area Senior Center’s Computer Club.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US-12, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Private interment will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Senior Center or St. Joseph Mercy Hospice, Ann Arbor. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.