Obituary of Robert P. Moore Sr.
Robert (Bob) Paul Moore Sr. of Swanville passed away at home on June 9, 2023 after a brief illness. He was born in Belfast to Howard Moore and Margaret (Dean) Moore on February 21, 1953.
As a child, Bob enjoyed spending weeks in the summer with his best friend and brother David at the Dean Farm in Lincolnville, which belonged to his grandparents. While in high school, Bob worked in Searsport at “the fertilizer plant” with several friends of which he occasionally reminisced.
Bob was a 1971 graduate of Belfast Area High School, where he was a member of the swim team and excelled due to his childhood being spent on the shores of Swan Lake. He tried one semester of college In Massachusetts with an interest in veterinary practices, but the city life didn’t take and he happily returned to Swanville, where he remained for the rest of his life.
Bob was mechanically inclined and used that natural ability in his profession as a mechanic of heavy equipment and automotive maintenance with his specialty being in transmissions. He worked for several years at Bean & Conquest in Bangor before settling in to his main career at the City of Bangor Motor Pool.
A lifelong resident of Swanville, Bob enjoyed the simple things in life. His pastimes included mowing the lawn, checking the wood stove, and saving money on his electric bill by using electricity sparingly. Bob also enjoyed long drives in search of good coffee, University of Maine Hockey and quiet Sunday afternoons spent watching NASCAR with his mother Margaret, with whom he had a special bond. Bob was also a fan of the 4th of July Swan Lake boat parade and always watched to see when Swan Lake achieved “ice out” status.
Bob had a dry and offbeat sense of humor, which added to the fun of the occasional story that he would tell.
Affectionately known by his coworkers at the City of Bangor Motor Pool as “Bullet”, Bob had a tendency to be a procrastinator. In fact, Bob never did get around to hooking up his automatic kitchen dishwasher, which just recently had its 40th birthday. Although his dream of winning the Tri-State Megabucks never came to fruition, for the last 12 years Bob had been living his dream of early retirement.
Bob is survived by his daughter Beth (Moore) French and husband Gerry of Searsport, BJ Moore and wife Janet (Peavey) Moore of Swanville, brothers Harold Moore and wife Cheryl, David Moore and wife Cathy, sisters Carolyn (Moore) Knight and husband Jim, Cindy (Moore) McIntyre and husband Mickey, and grandchildren Tim and wife Chelsea, Chelsea, Madison, Gabe, Eli, special granddaughter Gracie, Aunt Sylvia, ex-wife Marlene Deacon and many cousins, nephews, nieces, friends, and neighbors.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, sister Karen Moore and special nephew Eddie Moore.
Visiting hours will be from 4-6 pm on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Funeral services will be at 11:00 on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at the Faith Temple Church of God, Lincolnville Ave., in Belfast with Rev. Art Fairbrother officiating. A committal service will be immediately following at Greenlawn Cemetery in Swanville.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s name may be made to the Belfast Area High School Athletic Boosters at 25 Lions Way, Belfast, ME 04915 and/or Special Olympics Maine at 525 Main St., Unit D, South Portland, ME. 04106
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.ripostafh.com