John Clark Moore, Jr., 98, passed away in peace from natural causes late on January 15, 2018, at home and surrounded by loved ones. He was a twin, born on August 7, 1919, in Washington, D.C., to Col. John Moore and Alberta Preston Moore. Growing up, the family and his 2 brothers followed their father who was stationed in Washington DC, Fort Leavenworth, Honolulu, Cambridge Mass and Governors Island NY. He attended Le Rosey School in Switzerland before going to Dartmouth College. He interrupted his college attendance to join the US Army Air Force and became a bomber squadron leader pilot in WWII based in England and France. He flew three sorties on D-Day and ultimately completed 65 missions and receiving a Distinguished Flying Cross. Following the war, he flew for American Airlines and met this cute stewardess that brought him coffee and he said “he has been flying high ever since”. He married Helen Brandt Moore in 1947, living in the New York and New Jersey area, who helped him complete his college degree at NYU. After American Airlines, he continued working in the airline industry. He moved his family to Europe in 1954, first working 14 years in Paris and then 12 years in Geneva for IATA, a large airline management consortium. He was an avid tennis player before taking up golf in Switzerland. He retired to Cashiers, NC, in 1981 and became a avid golfer and member of the Country Club of Sapphire Valley. He was active in many community efforts throughout the Cashiers area including Camber of Commerce, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation, Trash Busters and even founding the annual bike race, the Tour de Cashiers. He was a devoted member of Cashiers United Methodist Church as well as a dedicated Rotary member. He is survived by his wife Helen, their two children, John III (Cashiers, NC), and Barbara (Huntington, NY), four grandchildren and five great grandchildren, all of whom will dearly miss him. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 2PM at the Cashiers United Methodist Church followed by a reception.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, please make donations to Cashiers Cares, PO Box 1072, Cashiers, NC 28717-1072.