Bob Moore, former York mayor, dies

YORK -- Robert "Bob" Moore, a former mayor and city manager who colleagues say loved his family, country and community, died Tuesday at home after battling complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 82.

Flags in York were lowered to half staff Tuesday after city leaders learned of his death.

"Bob Moore loved America, and he loved York," said Mayor Eddie Lee.

Moore was a 1941 York High School graduate who joined the U.S. Army in 1943. He served 22 years, retiring in 1965 as a major.

He served as York's city manager three times -- from 1965 to 1967, 1976 to 1980 and briefly as interim manager in 1985. He was a York City Council member from 1967 to 1968 and mayor from 1968 to 1970. He also was the city's codes administrator in 1976 and later sat on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission.

Lee said Moore will be known for his patriotism and love of community.

"I've known Bob Moore all my life," said Lee, recalling that Moore often offered wise advice. "But my fondest memory came just last fall during the Veteran's Day parade."

During the annual parade, Lee marched through downtown York with veterans and patriot groups. Lee said he glanced to the side while he was walking and saw the elderly Moore sitting in a chair by City Hall as the parade passed.

"As the American flag passed, Mr. Moore stood up and saluted just as crisply as the officer he was decades ago," Lee said. "You could tell he was an old man, declining in health, but that didn't stop him from leaping to his feet."

Lee said the community has lost a citizen soldier.

"He was a decorated soldier who put on a uniform for 20 years and then came home to serve his community," Lee said.

Moore's family agrees.

"He was a solider first, a true officer and a gentleman," said wife Judith Moore, who would have celebrated her 19th wedding anniversary with Moore in December. "He truly treated me like a queen. You don't find that anymore."

The avid Citadel football fan also was adamant about defending America's liberties, Judith Moore said.

"His country was everything to him," Judith Moore said. "He was so patriotic. He felt like America was the best place to be, and soldiers needed to fight for our liberties."

Moore was a father to Marie Moore, Eliza Moore, Rod Moore and Tony Moore, a York City Councilman who said his father left a legacy of duty and honor for his country with his family.

"He always said, 'Stick to your guns,'" Tony Moore said. "He taught me how to be a strong individual."

Tony Moore, who formerly served in the U.S. Navy, shared a love for Citadel football with his dad. But on Tuesday, he recalled special moments for the father and son.

"I was glad the day that he was forced as an Army officer to pin the wings on a Navy officer," Tony Moore quipped.

And more seriously, the son said he'll never forget a special trip to Arlington Cemetery with his father.

"I was 13 years old," Tony Moore said about one of the first places he visited with his father. "Being military personnel, that's just a place of honor."

A York native, Moore was born in 1924 in a house that still stands on East Liberty Street in downtown. He earned a bachelor's degree from The Citadel in 1959 and a master's degree in business administration from Winthrop University in 1975. In the late 1980s, Moore taught business courses to sailors on board of U.S. Naval carriers stationed in the Middle East.

Moore ran unsuccessfully in the 1974 Fifth District congressional race, the 1988 York County Council District 3 race, and the 1991 and 1994 York mayoral races.

M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home is serving the family.