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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 mornings.

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), https://www.ihelpveterans.org/

 

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