Thomas F. Moore of Clinton, New York died June 23 at home. He was 66.
Born in Gardner, Massachusetts, Tom graduated from Staples High School in Westport and St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York.
He pursued his childhood ambition of being a commercial airline pilot, logging early flight hours at Pilgrim Airlines, Connecticut and later, locally at Empire Airlines. He flew for People Express, USAirways and finally, American Airlines, with a tenure there of more than 33 years and achieving the rank of captain on the Airbus 319, 320 and 321.
His love of aviation also led to sailplane and floatplane ratings and to owning several private aircraft over the years, culminating with a restored Cessna 170 taildragger hangered at Hamilton, New York.
Fatherhood was especially important to Tom and his interest in alpine ski-racing followed his son Tim’s entry into the sport. Together they logged many miles traveling to races in New York State and in the Northeast.
Always a parent to step forward to help, he became a race official with the New York State Ski Racing Association and enjoyed many hours working “on the hill” at race events.
Tim’s college pursuit of riding for St. Lawrence University to the national collegiate level led Tom back into the world of horses, where he enjoyed hours of barn time riding both hunt-seat and dressage with “Al B Sly,” “Al B Clever” and “Nightlife.”
Tom approached each interest in his life with respect for the discipline, a desire to learn as much as he could, the drive to do his best and an appreciation for excellent equipment. Along the way he found successive airport, skiing and barn “families” who only enriched the time he spent with each. Late to the sport, he had yet to find his motorcycle family.
Tom is survived by his wife, Mary, of Clinton; son, Tim and girlfriend, Megan Cox, of Dryden, New York; parents, Dorothy and James Moore, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; sister, Cindy Warren and husband, Griffin, of Baltimore, Ohio; nephew, T.J. and niece, Elsa; sister-in-law, Laura Davis; nephews and niece, Erik, Scott and Abigail Peterson, of Fort Collins-Denver, CO; dear family friends, Mimi and John Fehlner, of Clinton; special neighbors, Nan and Les Labrecque, of Clinton; special camp friend, Judy Bean, from Big Moose Community Chapel; and his at-home dog “ladies”, Katy and Zoe. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Tom Peterson, of Fort Collins, CO; and equine buddies, “Al B” and “Night.”
There will be no calling hours.
Always proud of his Finnish heritage, Tom displayed an abundance of “sisu” throughout his illness. Gifts in his name may be made to the Patient Needs Fund of the Wilmot P. Cancer Center at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York, where he received world-class treatment from his oncology team.