George T. Moore was born August 31, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan. He died in Scottsdale on May 19, 2023. He received training to be an officer in the Navy at Cornell University. After serving honorably in the Navy during WWII, he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan where his stellar academic record brought various honors. After that, George started his career in Chicago with American Blower Corp., which transferred him to Phoenix in 1955. He eventually started his own business, Moore Mechanical Equipment Co. He spent many fruitful decades (well into his 80s) working as a manufacturers’ representative in the booming air conditioning (HVAC) industry.
He married Mary Jackson, also from Detroit. They arrived in 1955, so they experienced massive changes in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Mary died in 2004, but George lived in the same house they built for over sixty years.
George was never interested in simply warming the church pew at his beloved parish, St. Theresa. He jumped right into singing in the choir, ministering to the needy through St. Vincent de Paul, participating as a lector at mass, and facilitating various Bible studies.
Though George spent many years as a conscientious Roman Catholic, he later understood that the grace of God was not something he could merit. George realized that salvation is a gift and accomplished solely by the death and resurrection of Jesus. George discovered newfound joy and confidence in Christ.
George was known for his integrity, gratefulness for the smallest of things, ease in making friends, selflessness in helping those who were less fortunate, and a love of music.
Though not a rich man by the world’s standards, George considered himself wealthy beyond measure.
George quietly went about doing much good. With no fanfare or self-promotion, George blessed innumerable people who encountered him during his long life.
George is survived by four children: Steve (Kathie), Dave (Doreen), Lisa (John), and Chris (Jim). They and George’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild will sorely miss him.
A visitation will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Road, Phoenix, on Thursday, June 1st from 5-7 p.m. with a memorial vigil service beginning at 6 p.m. The funeral mass will begin at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, June 2nd at St. Theresa Catholic Parish, 5045 East Thomas Road, Phoenix.
To honor George, donations can be made to the Diocesan Council for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul/Diocese of Phoenix (P.O. Box 13600, Phoenix, Arizona 85002-3600). Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.
George Moore was a gentleman and a great friend with a kind word and genuine smile for everyone. He will be dearly missed and will have Heaven stormed with prayers for the repose of his soul.