OBITUARY

John Davenport Moore

July 9, 1933March 20, 2019
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John D. Moore, 85, of Dartmouth, Fairhaven, and Nantucket passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in his residence surrounded by family after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth “Liz” (Maynard) Isherwood-Moore.

Born in Fairhaven, a son of the late John E. and Edith M. (Davenport) Moore he lived most of his life in Fairhaven.

John graduated from Bates College with an A.B. in Economics in 1957. He received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 1996. He was very proud of his military service in the United States Army during the Korean War.

John loved to be involved in civic and community organizations prior to his retirement from the company he founded, Moore & Isherwood Communications of New Bedford. Over the years, while living in Fairhaven, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Millicent Library, as chairman of the Fairhaven Cable Television Advisory Committee, trustee of Riverside Cemetery, Vice President of the Fairhaven Improvement Association, Board of Directors of the Fairhaven Boys Club, chairman of the Fairhaven Personnel Board, member of the Fairhaven Finance Committee, Vice Chairman of the New Bedford/Fairhaven Harbor Development Commission and was a long time Fairhaven Town Meeting member.

He was a member of the University of Massachusetts Building Authority, Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Greater New Bedford, Chairman for the Southeastern Massachusetts University Building Authority of Dartmouth, Board of Directors of the Waterfront Historical Area League (WHALE), Governing Committee of the Zeiterion Theatre and chairman of the Advisory Board of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

John was all about helping people and was honored on two occasions to receive “Hats Off” awards in the New Bedford Standard Times. He was the recipient of the “Thanks for Bringing Us the Magic” award for initiating the New Year’s Eve “First Night” celebration in New Bedford and he was inducted into the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce Greater New Bedford Area Business Hall of Fame.

John was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed his years in Nantucket fishing and boating with family and friends. When not on the boat or 4 wheeling on the beach with his black lab, Maddie, he could be found at the foot of Main Street, greeting tourists and giving advice which earned him the unofficial nickname “Mayor of Nantucket”.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John N. Moore and his wife Angela of Boston, daughter, Jennifer Foley of Dartmouth, son, David D. Moore of Havertown, PA, son, Bradford R. Moore of Media, PA and stepdaughter, Allison Isherwood of Marion; two sisters, Anne Silveira of Fairhaven and Jane Thompson of Dighton; ten grandchildren, Lauren Kearney, MD and her husband, James, Rebecca Moore, Matthew Foley, Brendan Foley, Leah Moore, Caroline Moore, Samantha Moore, Jeremy Moore, Nicholas Claudio and Ella Claudio; one great granddaughter, Avery Rae Kearney; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Patricia Martin, RN and all the staff of Community Home Care for the tremendous care provided to John during his illness.

His memorial visitation will be Friday, March 29, 2019 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven with a service at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, 274 Main St., Fairhaven. Donations in his memory may be made to the Humane Society & Shelter-SouthCoast, 31 Ventura Dr., Dartmouth, MA 02747 or www.hsssc.org or Community Nurse Home Care, 62 Center St., Fairhaven, MA 02719 or www.communitynurse.com. For online tribute or directions www.waring-sullivan.com.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Burial Friday, March 29, 2019
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Mildred Foote Renaud

March 29, 2019

John, Ann, Jane and I became friends when we were children. The video was very nice; of course the picture of John, Jane, and Ann as children brought a big smile! I believe I saw Mrs. Moore as well. Wonderful memories. Truly sorry I was not able to attend John's service this morning. My condolences to all the family. God Bless Sincerely, Millie

Stephanie Medeiros Sousa

March 26, 2019


Liz,

I don't have years of memories of John when I worked at Moore & Isherwood over ten years ago, but the few memories I have of him bring a smile to my face when I think of them. I knew immediately after meeting him for the first time that he was an extremely kind and respected man. Please know that I am deeply honored to have known John even for a brief period of time.

Wishing well of you and your family in this time of loss.

Sincerely,
Stephanie (Medeiros) Sousa

Wilma Clapham

March 26, 2019

Greetings.
John was a valued member of the Class of 1957.
On behalf of the members of the Class I would like to extend Condolences to his family.
With sympathy,
Wilma Clapham
Co Secretary
Class of 1957
Bates College

Arlene McNamee

March 25, 2019

Liz ,
I am sorry for your loss. I remember when I first met John and he “barked”at me and scared me . Through the years and they were many (45) I learned that his “bark “ was nothing and that he was a caring, sincere, kind man who cared deeply for those less fortunate and fought for them and what was right.
Sorry I am unable to attend the service but know you are in my thoughts and prayers .

Love , Arlene

Bob Peck

March 25, 2019

Liz, Anne and family. So sorry to read of John’s passing. We had a great year in 1978. Great fun working with both of you back then. John had options and stuck by them and never did waiver,which is a strong attribute. He was a giver and not a taker. I’am sure that he would’ve been pleased to hear that he was a “Man’s Man’’

Marcia and Warren Hathaway

March 24, 2019

Rest In Peace John- a life well lived- you were well-loved by many! So many of us will look after Liz! Sail on friend!
❤️🙏💕 Marcia And Warren Hathaway

Harriet Rantoul-Hazard

March 24, 2019

Liz, I am so so sorry. You and John made such a great team! On behalf of the animals at the Humane Society and Shelter - SouthCoast in Dartmouth and from everyone at the Shelter who keeps them safe and happy, thank you too for donations in John's memory. Thoughts and prayers to Maddie too. John's loss won't be easy for Maddie to understand - ever.

Kenneth G Monteiro

March 23, 2019

My deepest condolences to his wife and family and to his sister, Ann Silveira. John was a remarkable man who loved Fairhaven and held several key positions which made it a wonderful place to live and raise a family. He dedicated all his energy to each and every task yet still found time to be a great family man. We locked horns a few times but never personal. He was a man well respected and leaves a wonderful legacy. He touched many lives and leaves a wonderful legacy. My thoughts and prayers. Remember how he lived and loved life. Eternal rest, my friend.

Sincerely,

Kenneth G. Monteiro

Nancy McLeod Lewis

March 23, 2019

Anne, so sorry about your brother's passing. I'm thinking of you. Nancy McLeod Lewis and the family of the late Rita McLeod...Elaine,Nancy,Kathy and Jack.

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Biography

John D. Moore, 85, of Dartmouth, Fairhaven, and Nantucket passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in his residence surrounded by family after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth “Liz” (Maynard) Isherwood-Moore.

Born in Fairhaven, a son of the late John E. and Edith M. (Davenport) Moore he lived most of his life in Fairhaven.

John graduated from Bates College with an A.B. in Economics in 1957. He received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 1996. He was very proud of his military service in the United States Army during the Korean War.

John loved be involved in civic and community organizations prior to his retirement from the company he founded, Moore & Isherwood Communications of New Bedford. Over the years, while living in Fairhaven, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Millicent Library, as chairman of the Fairhaven Cable Television Advisory Committee, trustee of Riverside Cemetery, Vice President of the Fairhaven Improvement Association, Board of Directors of the Fairhaven Boys Club, chairman of the Fairhaven Personnel Board, member of the Fairhaven Finance Committee, Vice Chairman of the New Bedford/Fairhaven Harbor Development Commission and was a long time Fairhaven Town Meeting member.

He was a member of the University of Massachusetts Building Authority, Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Greater New Bedford, Chairman for the Southeastern Massachusetts University Building Authority of Dartmouth, Board of Directors of the Waterfront Historical Area League (WHALE), Governing Committee of the Zeiterion Theatre and chairman of the Advisory Board of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

John was all about helping people and was honored on two occasions to receive “Hats Off” awards in the New Bedford Standard Times. He was the recipient of the “Thanks for Bringing Us the Magic” award for initiating the New Year’s Eve “First Night” celebration in New Bedford and he was inducted into the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce Greater New Bedford Area Business Hall of Fame.

John was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed his years in Nantucket fishing and boating with family and friends. When not on the boat or 4 wheeling on the beach with his black lab, Maddie, he could be found at the foot of Main Street, greeting tourists and giving advice which earned him the unofficial nickname “Mayor of Nantucket”.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John N. Moore and his wife Angela of Boston, daughter, Jennifer Foley of Dartmouth, son, David D. Moore of Havertown, PA, son, Bradford R. Moore of Media, PA and stepdaughter, Allison Isherwood of Marion; two sisters, Anne Silveira of Fairhaven and Jane Thompson of Dighton; ten grandchildren, Lauren Kearney, MD and her husband, James, Rebecca Moore, Matthew Foley, Brendan Foley, Leah Moore, Caroline Moore, Samantha Moore, Jeremy Moore, Nicholas Claudio and Ella Claudio; one great granddaughter, Avery Rae Kearney; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Patricia Martin, RN and all the staff of Community Home Care for the tremendous care provided to John during his illness.

His memorial visitation will be Friday, March 29, 2019 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven with a service at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, 274 Main St., Fairhaven. Donations in his memory may be made to the Humane Society & Shelter-SouthCoast, 31 Ventura Dr., Dartmouth, MA 02747 or www.hsssc.org or Community Nurse Home Care, 62 Center St., Fairhaven, MA 02719 or www.communitynurse.com. For online tribute or directions www.waring-sullivan.com.