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Frank A. Moore

PINE PLAINS — Frank A. Moore, 77, died June 14, 2010, at home.

He was born Jan. 14, 1933, in Sharon, the second of three sons of the late Helen Elizabeth (Bryan) and Thomas James Moore Sr.

Frank was raised on the family-owned dairy farm known as the Bryan Farm in Shekomeko, N.Y. The farm was in the family for six generations. Frank’s parents were the fifth generation and Frank’s brother Thomas James Moore Jr. was the sixth generation. Thomas predeceased Frank in 1985.

During high school, Frank excelled in basketball. As an adult he played in a men’s softball league.  He never lost his love of sports and was a college basketball and Yankees fan all his life.

He served as a corporal in the Second Armored Division. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean War.

On July 10, 1954, (prior to his departure for Germany), he married Kathleen Joy McGhee at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Pine Plains. She predeceased him, in 1999.

When he returned from Germany, Frank and Kathleen moved into their home in Pine Plains, which they had purchased from Frank’s Aunt Ida. Frank and Kathleen raised their children and remained in that home for the duration of their life together.

Frank worked for IBM in Poughkeepsie, in the maintenance and security departments. He retired in the early 1990s.

After retiring from IBM, Frank worked for Superior Sanitation in Pine Plains, NY. He loved his job as it would sometimes involve driving long distances; something he loved to do.

Frank enjoyed many outdoor hobbies including watching the birds (especially turkeys) and gardening. Fishing was a life long pursuit that he began in his childhood. As a little boy, he would often get his fishing rod and walk into the woods to find a quiet place where he could spend as much time as possible watching the way the sun played off the colors of the rainbow trout as he fished. As an adult, he supplied the trout he caught to a local inn for meals served there.

Later in life, he enjoyed joining his friends at The Peddler’s Café in Pine Plains. There, over coffee, new stories were begun and old stories shared.

Matthew 6:21 reads, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.†For Frank, his treasures were those he loved, cared for and enjoyed friendships with. For those of us who remain here, he leaves many memories, of going to swimming holes wherever they might be, of gossiping at the Agway Feed Store, of trout fishing, of chicken barbecues in the summer and church suppers in the winter and of stories of growing up during a time that won’t be seen again.

He was a wonderful storyteller. His stories at the family dinner table brought life to characters and events from his past. During those stories, the past became the present for us, his children. We share these stories with our children; and in that sharing our Dad and Pop-Pop will always be with us.

 Survivors include a daughter, Ellen Elizabeth Moore of Rhinebeck; a son, Brandon Pierce Moore of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; a companion of 10 years, Linda Martin of Pine Plains; a brother, Richard Burns Moore of Cornelius, N.C.; five grandchildren, Amanda, Carrie-Anne, Melissa, Erik and Trinity; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Pine Plains Hose Company, PO Box 668, Pine Plains, NY 12567.

Arrangements are by the Peck & Peck Funeral Home in Pine Plains. To sign the online register, go to peckandpeck.net.

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