John Thomas Moore (JT) of Pomfret CT passed away peacefully at home Sunday, December 3, 2017 after a six month battle with cancer. He was 67 years old. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1950, JT was the son of Irene Brubaker Moore and Floyd Moore. Along with his siblings, he was active throughout his early years in the family poultry business, Moore Farms Inc. and played an active role as a member of 4H Club. JT developed a love for baseball at an early age. He was a loyal Philadelphia Phillies fan attending many games as a young boy, and later, after his move to Boston, he switched his allegiance to the Red Sox.
JT attended Manheim Township Junior and Senior High School in Neffsville PA. He graduated cum laude from Middlebury College with a BA and later received an MBA cum laude from Boston University School of Management.
He started his career as a Service Manager at the Filenes Division of Federated Department Stores in Boston. This was punctuated by a stint as a flight attendant on Pan American Airlines international flights. He worked for almost 20 years at Brandeis University as Director of Administrative Coordination and Planning followed by 9 years as a Senior Project Administrator at Management Sciences for Health, a Boston-based international development non-profit organization.
In his mid-fifties, JT chose to pursue his lifelong interest in antiques and began a modest business as a dealer. He was able to bring a discerning eye to a broad and varied range of antiques. He was a frequent presence at antiques auctions where he was constantly expanding his collections, which were more often acquired for his personal enjoyment than for resale.
JT was most at home in the kitchen where he was an assured and confident cook. It gave him great pleasure to feed and entertain his friends, and his ease and skill made everybody happy and comfortable. His delight in entertaining blended nicely with his acquisitions of antique china, silver and linens, which he used without hesitation when he entertained. It was in this milieu that his generous, optimistic and fun-loving spirit shined.
He supported arts and conservation efforts and held a serious and informed appreciation of classical music. He maintained a subscription to the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 40 years. He also supported his alma mater Middlebury College for which he held tremendous respect. His experience there afforded many happy memories and lifelong friendships.
He is survived but his loving husband and partner of 30 years, Robert Paladino, who was with him when he passed away, and his two beloved dogs, Otis and Amos who provided constant joy and amusement. He is also survived by 4 siblings: Charles Moore of Reno, Nevada; Floyd Moore of Pittsburg, PA; Joseph Moore and sister in law Judith Moore of Denver, Colorado; Grace Mattes and brother in Law James Mattes of Doylestown, PA. and four nieces and nephews.
A memorial service in will be held at 11am on January 13, 2018, at the Pomfret School Clark Chapel, 398 Pomfret Street in Pomfret CT. Further details will be available through Gilman and Valade Funeral Home at www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Donations in JT’s name may be made to the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115 or through the BSO Friends Office at 617-638-9276 or online at BSO.org.
For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.