“The candle that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. And Rob Moore’s burned very brightly indeed.”
Robert, “Robbie”, or “Rob” Moore, 42, of Vernon, British Columbia, was taken away on Saturday, August 11th, on his Grandfather’s birth date, at the Kelowna General Hospital. Rob was a beloved father, brother, son, grandson, uncle, cousin and friend who profoundly touched the lives of everyone privileged enough to know him.
Rob truly LIVED until he died. He was a man’s man, a ladies’ man and a man for all occasions. Rob propelled himself through his 42 years on a throttle that had only two settings: STOP (to sleep) and WIDE OPEN.
Rob was born two months early, in Prince George on January 22nd, 1970 to Gary and Victoria Moore. He grew up in Prince George, Kamloops, Ashton Creek,Vernon and Armstrong and attended PVSS.
Rob and his father, Gary, began the family business, Moore’s Well & Pump Service inVernon, many years ago. Father and son spent years as business partners, until Gary retired and Rob moved north.
Rob was a dedicated, devoted father and family man and a loyal friend. He savored the joys of his life which included his children, music, motorized vehicles, friends, food and copious laughter. He had a serious side, and a temper which would flare if he felt that he or any of his loved ones were being poorly treated. On those rare occasions when his brow would furrow and his words would come out in leaden tones from deep inside his barrel chest, one knew that he was not a man to be crossed.
But the Rob Moore most people saw and loved was the guy who loved people. He was deeply affectionate, championed those less fortunate than he, generous with his smiles and hugs, could tell jokes and listen attentively to another’s and then shake out a long, hearty laugh. He was on everybody’s party invitation A-list.
Rob was an innovator, and could make something out of nothing. He was a forward-thinker and truly adaptive, with a head for business and an ethic of hard work.
While Rob lived at his family home, he took charge of tormenting cats, his brother, his parents and various other relatives. Sometimes his sense of humour outlasted his parents’ patience, and quite often he felt everyone was far too serious.
Rob was a gentleman, an old soul, generous to a fault and had a heart that knew no bounds. He loved animals and always had a special place carved in his heart for the many pets he rescued, raised and nurtured. He was a man who knew how to pack life into the hours and days, and he believed in celebrating every important event in a grand fashion, rife with food, drink, music, stories and laughter. Rob loved to entertain, and had an innate way of making every person in his presence feel like an exclusive guest of honor.
Rob is survived by his three beloved children, Koral and Chase Moore, and stepson, Logan Hicks, his wife, Crystal Cullum-Moore, his parents, Gary and Victoria Moore, his brother, Paul Douglas Moore, his nephew Justin and his Grandmothers.
Rob will become a spirit grandfather to his first grandchild, expected in 2013.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 19th at Hullcar Community Hall, Armstrong, where friends and family may gather to commemorate Rob’s life in song, story and tribute.