Dr. Edwin J.T. Moore
Edwin Jude Thaddeus Moore
Dr. Edwin J. T. Moore, of Watch Hill, RI, formerly of Waterbury, CT, passed away on Saturday January 2, 2021 at age 96, surrounded by members of his loving family. Ed Moore, or “Edmo” as he was known, was the devoted husband of the late Bernice Eileen (Deady) Moore of Waterbury.
Ed was born on August 19, 1924 and raised in Holyoke, MA, the only child of the late Edwin Aloysius Moore and Mary Hartnett Moore. He attended local schools, graduating from Holyoke High School in 1941. Following high school, he attended The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. He did his undergraduate studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He earned his medical degree at Tufts University Medical School in Boston, MA in 1948.
Upon graduating from Tufts, Ed interned at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. It was there that he met Bernice, the love of his life, a surgical nurse with sparkling blue eyes and a smile and wit to match. Their first date was to an evening St. Patrick’s Day party. As Ed related the story, despite his not quite remembering her name when he called to pick her up, he was convinced by the end of the evening that she would be his bride. Ed and Bernice were married on June 10, 1950. Bernice passed away on their 62nd wedding anniversary.
Ed completed residencies and specializations at the Brady Maternity Hospital in Albany, NY, the New York Polyclinic Hospital, and Coney Island General Hospital. He was certified for the practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Ed enlisted in the U.S. Army while at Wesleyan, reporting for duty in July 1943 and served honorably until discharge in 1946. Following the end of WW II, Ed attended Tufts Medical School. He enlisted again in October, 1950 after the outbreak of the Korean War, this time in the U.S. Navy, serving as a lieutenant physician at the United States Naval Academy. He was honorably discharged in 1953.
Ed, Bernice and their young family moved to Wolcott, CT in 1955. He began his private practice in Waterbury that same year. The family moved to Waterbury in 1957, finally settling at Columbia Boulevard in 1960, where they lived for the next thirty-six years. Upon closing his practice in the mid-1990s, Ed went to work at St. Mary’s Hospital in the hospital maternity clinic he helped establish to care for Waterbury’s neediest. Following the couple’s full-time move to their beloved Watch Hill home, Ed went to work at the Naval Hospital at the US Naval Submarine Base – New London in Groton, CT, retiring from there in 2003. When once asked how many babies he had delivered, he estimated that, throughout his career, he had delivered more than 15,000 babies.
Ed was twice the Chief of the Department of OB/GYN at St. Mary’s Hospital and served as the Chief-of-Staff for St. Mary’s Hospital from 1967 - 1975. He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was a Life Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and belonged to several medical associations, including the Waterbury Medical Association, the New England Society of OB/GYNs, the New Haven Medical Association, the Connecticut State Medical Society, and American Medical Association.
Ed was a devout Catholic. He was a communicant of St. Margaret’s Church in Waterbury and St. Clare Church in Westerly, RI. He was a longtime member of the Serra Club of Waterbury, promoting vocations and led countless Cana Conferences, preparing young Catholics for the Sacrament of Matrimony. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
When not found on the golf course at The Country Club of Waterbury or The Misquamicut Club, you might find Ed and Bern aboard their sailboat exploring the Rhode Island and Connecticut coastline. They traveled the United States and the world, visiting Ireland several times, their favorite, befitting their shared heritage. Ed was a great fan of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and the Boston Celtics. He loved singing around the piano and was the hit of many parties, renowned for tap dancing to favorites, “Bill Bailey” and “If you Knew Susie.”
Ed’s passions in life were his faith, friends, his practice and, above all, his cherished family, which he considered his greatest legacy. He leaves behind (children and their spouses): Ned and Donna Moore, Bill and Maureen Moore, Anne Moore, Mary Alice Moore Leonhardt, Maureen Moore Bergin, Kevin and Kim Moore, Dennis and Tara Moore, and Kathleen Moore Patton. Ed was blessed and thrilled to be called “Poppa” by his twenty-eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren who also survive him, and by several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by sons, Terrence, Timothy and Brendan.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers who assisted Dad as he aged, particularly Rosann Sylvia of Westerly, RI, Jayne Syms, Rose Asaba, Shantal Birgungi and Eva Ballard.
The Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow Street, Waterbury is assisting with final arrangements. In light of the current COVID pandemic, there are no calling hours. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial and interment will be held, private to the family. A memorial Celebration of Life and reception is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed and Bern’s memory may be made to the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation to support prenatal care for those in need, or to the Westerly, RI chapter of the Rhode Island Literacy Volunteers.
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