James Stephen Moore
On Friday, September 3, 2021, James Stephen “Steve”
Moore, loving husband and father of two children, passed away at age 71
with his family by his side.
Steve was born on June 26, 1950, in Lynn to
James and Marilyn Soper Moore. He was the eldest of two brothers and three
sisters. Steve was raised in Boxford and graduated from Masconomet in
1968. On, December 11, 1971, he married his high-school sweetheart,
Melissa Herrick. They remarried on December 11, 2012, after 25 years
apart. They raised a son, Josh and a daughter, Gia.
Steve is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He served
honorably as a specialist in the Army from 1969-1971. His time in the
service played a major role in his life and friendships. He was part of a
brotherhood that meant the world to him.
Early in his career, he was in the restaurant
business, aircraft repair and aircraft sales. Later, his career was filled
with seeking opportunities and adventure. As a natural-born entrepreneur,
his adventurous spirit resulted in him operating a variety of businesses
in Florida, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, and South Africa. In
2006, Steve returned to Massachusetts allowing him to rekindle
relationships with his family.
Anyone who knew “Foggy” could share any number of
stories that would crack you up and make you question how he made it to
the age of 71. Steve always had your back and loved unconditionally. He
was there to lend a helping hand to family and friends when there was
handywork to be done, mechanical repairs to be made or just to listen,
without judgement. Steve enjoyed spending his time golfing and watching
sports with “the guys”.
Steve leaves behind five grandchildren who brought
joy and meaning to his life. Carolyn, Addie, Kai, Ollie and Archie will
fondly remember his “grampyisms”, his unwavering presence at sporting
events, playing chess together and games of hide and seek on Sunday
Steve was preceded in death by his father, James
Moore and his beloved nephew, Jacob Moore. He is survived by his mother,
Marilyn Moore of Milford, his wife Melissa Herrick, his son, Joshua Moore
and his partner Tracey Doyon, and his daughter, Gianna Stillman and her
husband Taylor Stillman, all of Ipswich. He also leaves behind his
siblings Harold Moore and his wife Colleen of Hopkinton, Susan Quigley of
Hopkinton , Cynthia Lewis and her husband Dick of Kingston NH, Phillip
Moore of Danvers, and Kimberly Smith and her husband Gregory of Camden ME,
five grandchildren, Carolyn Moore, Adeline Wittkamper, Kai Stillman, Olive
Hope-Ross, and Archibald Moore and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday 11 a.m.at Cowles Memorial
Cemetery with Military Honors. Visiting hours are Wednesday 5 to 8 p.m. in
the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and
friends are respectfully welcomed and asked to wear masks. In lieu of
flowers please consider a donation to Disabled American Veterans (DAV),
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