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James Moore

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home



James (Jim) Moore, 62, of Hagerstown passed away at Doey’s House on March 23, 2019, as a result of complications caused by Lewy Body Dementia which he was diagnosed with in 2015.


James was born to John R. and Alice A. Moore in Kenmore, New York on August 12, 1956. The family moved to Severna Park, Maryland in 1965.  As a young man, he enjoyed living life on the water, skiing, sailing and swimming. His love of the water continued throughout his life.


Jim was a natural athlete and became involved in sports at a young age. He attended Wroxeter-On-Severn in Arnold, MD from grades 8-10, and then Blue Ridge Academy, an all boy’s boarding school, in St. George, Virginia from grades 11-12. At Blue Ridge, Jim was a Prefect, a member of the Honor Council and excelled in football, wrestling and lacrosse, winning many awards throughout state and national competitions. As an undergraduate, he attended Anne Arundel Community College, received an athletic scholarship to North Carolina State and then finished his bachelor’s degree at Salisbury State College where he also received a Master’s Degree in Education.


After college, Jim fulfilled his lifelong goal of becoming a teacher and coach. His career began at West Nottingham Academy in Rising Sun Maryland where he taught History and coached lacrosse.  He then returned to his alma mater Blue Ridge where he taught history classes and coached football, wresting and lacrosse. He returned to the Annapolis area to teach at St. Mary’s High School. He took a brief detour from traditional schools to serve as an Educational Program Coordinator for a boy’s group home, Bethany House, Inc. in Talbot County, Md. where he met his wife, Donna, in 1989. Later that year, realizing that he missed teaching and coaching, he accepted a job at St. Peter & Paul High School in Easton, Md. as an athletic director.


Jim married Donna, the love of his life, on November 3, 1990 in Oxford, Md. They were thrilled and blessed when their daughter Allyson was born in 1994 and two years later, they were blessed again with the birth of their son Ryan. They initially made their home in Ridgely, Md., then moved to Annapolis (Sherwood Forest), Md. and eventually back to Denton, Md.  After receiving his Master’s in Education, Jim began his administrative career as an Assistant Principal at North Caroline High School in Ridgely Md. and then Principal of Colonel Richardson High School in Federalsburg, Md.


In 2005 Jim and his family moved to Washington County, Md. where he held assistant principal positions at Boonsboro High School, North Hagerstown High School, Washington County Technical High School and as administrator at Evening High School until he retired in 2015 when he was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia.


While in Washington County, Jim served on the board of the National Association for Secondary School Principals and was elected as President shortly before his illness which caused him to retire. Throughout the years, he earned various awards such as Coach of the Year by both the Virginia and Maryland Independent Prep Schools, Athletic Director of the Year in Maryland and Who’s Who in American Teachers.


In addition to his work in education, Jim was active in his community. He coached lacrosse in Annapolis as a college student and young adult and later in Hagerstown in the Hagerstown Area Youth Lacrosse Association (HAYLA). He also played adult indoor lacrosse in Annapolis and in Easton, Md. Aside from sports, Jim was elected as commissioner of Ridgely, Md. and served as mayor in the early 1990’s. Until his decline in health, Jim was an avid sports fan, particularly football and lacrosse. He had a passion for all athletic and outdoor activities including kayaking, running, golf, gardening, skiing, swimming and spelunking.


Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years Donna (Palmer) Moore, his two children, daughter Allyson (Jamie Jones) and son Ryan Joseph Moore. His brother, Terry (Dawn) Moore of Greenleaf, Idaho, sister  Judi (John) Ludwig of St. Augustine Florida, brother Phillip Moore of California and brother Ken Chamber of Park City, Utah. He is also survived by his “second mother”, Anne Chambers of Fairplay, Md. and mother-in-law Doris Palmer of Cambridge, Md.,   Brother-in-law Tommy (Terri) Palmer of Cambridge and Sister-in-laws Faye (Wes) Haddaway of Nashville, TN. and Deborah (Tim) Case of Easton, MD . He was also blessed with many nieces and nephews, Tiffany Moore Gratteau and son Tyler, Tyler (Elizabeth) Moore and sons Theo and Levi, Tobias (Mia) Moore, Teresa Ludwig (Christopher) Hernandez and son Michael, Stephanie Ludwig, Melissa Ludwig, William (Michelle) Ludwig and daughter Jasmine, Christopher Ludwig and Kyle Ludwig, Jessica (Dusty) Collins and children Allison and Dustin, David (Hannah) Case and children Isabelle, Calvin, William and Owen, Valerie (Jake) Reid and children Caleb, Nathaniel, Ethan and Andrew, Rachel (James) Dethmers and children Abigail, Noah and Madelyn Claire. He is also survived by cousins Gordon Law, Michael (Kelly) Law, John (Nicole) Law and Margaret Law. He was preceded in death by his father John R. Moore, mother Alice A. Michaels, twin brother William and Aunt and Uncle, Gordon and Peggy Law.


The family would also like to give thanks for caregiver and friend Michele Shoup of Hagerstown.


A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd N. Hagerstown. Friends will be received an hour prior to service.


In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Blue Ridge School, 273 Mayo Dr., St. George, Virginia 22935, Doey’s House (Hospice) of Hagerstown, Md. or the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc., 912 Killian Hill Rd. SW, Lilburn, GA 30047

Guest Book

You and your family are in my prayers. I have so many fine memories of the time Jim and spent together in Caroline County. Love and prayers for you and the kids.

Theresa Stafford
Cambridge, MD

Donna, I’ll so sorry for your lose. Jim was a good man. My boys, Kip, Craig and Jim-Buck thought the world of him. He was always there for them. Please know that I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. Hugs!

Blanche Ell
Denton, Maryland

Too the Moore family he's one favorite staff at north high fly high mr moore

Hagerstown , Maryland

Mr. Moore was my principal at Boonsboro High. He was understanding and sweet. We will miss you Mr. Moore. Rest in peace.

Boonsboro , Maryland

I've known the Moore's for the past 4 years...sad I couldn't be there yesterday. So sad. My condolences.

Hagerstown, Maryland

Donna and children, As you may or may not know, I retired from WCPS in 2011 and returned to Garrett County. It was not until this very morning, March 31st, that I learned with great personal sadness that your husband/father Jim had passed away. In June 2005, when I was assigned as the new principal of Boonsboro High School, I requested, due to his interviews and experience, that Jim, working in Caroline County at the time, be offered the assistant principal's position there as well. Without being fully aware of it at the time, it was one of the best decisions of my professional career. During the years we worked together, time and time again Jim and I would sit for hours and would provide me with his considerations of and recommendations for our school and students. His wisdom and wit were important to me and his leadership invaluable. Jim was a man of true integrity who never permitted what was 'expected' or 'assumed' to take the place of what was 'right'. Such individuals are rare and getting rarer each day. My sincerest condolences, Marty

Martin Green
Frostburg, Maryland

My thoughts and prayers to Donna and family ... I had the great pleasure of working with Jim during my different travels in the Washington Co. school system. I always enjoyed our talks about working with students. He was always about helping others ... He will be greatly missed ... ~Darrell

DL Marriott and Family
Myersville, Maryland

My family and I have been friends with the Moore’s for fifty plus years. He has always been a good friend to me and I will always have very fond memories of our times together. I know he loved his family very much. The Wright’s prayers are with you all.

Tim Wright
Atlanta, GA

To Donna, Terry and Judy, I am so sorry to hear of this loss. You are all in my prayers - as is my old friend and team mate, Jimmy. he is in a better place and may he rest in eternal peace. Don Yeatman

Donald R Yeatman
Arnold, MD

Jim was my roommate in college and one of my closest lifelong friend. He loved his family and friends, his work, and the occasional ice-cold adult beverage, especially after (or during) a couple of hours of outdoor work. We worked as summer camp counselors at Camp Winona in Maine in the summer of 1982, and had an amazing time. Meeting Donna was the biggest and most important event in his life, and he delighted in being husband and Dad. He was very proud of Ryan and Alison, often sharing the events of their lives with a smile. I will miss you, Jim.

Peter Randrup
Glen Arm, MD

I am saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. I worked with him at Sts. Peter and Paul. He was a wonderful athletic director and an all around nice guy. My deepest condolences to his family.

Paula Broll
Easton, MD

Jim was the first principal I worked for at Colonel Richardson High School. He was kind and fair. It was so evident that he truly cared about his staff and students. I will keep his family in my prayers.

Bernadette France
Easton, Maryland

Ginny Chambers
Arnold, Md

Before moving, I went to school at Tech High while Mr. Moore was the assistant principal. He was by far the only reason I made it through those years. He was understanding and caring and treated the kids like equals. He is the reason so many kids made it through school and the reason I am doing so well today. I owed everything to him. Mr. Moore, you will be missed. I will always credit my career to you. Will miss you greatly.

Delaware , Maryland

I taught at St Peter and Paul for many years working with Jim! I am so sorry for your lose! He was sorely missed when he left the school! Jim was an outstanding educator and truly cared for children! Now we have an angel and we know him by name! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Brenda Kibler
Denton, MD

He was loved by everyone a great dad and uncle we will miss him

San Antonio, Texas

We are so very sorry for your loss. Jim was such a great guy. One thing I will always remember about him is how genuinely interested he was when talking to someone. He made that person feel special!

Susan and Tracy Coleman
Crownsville , Maryland

He was the best teacher I have ever had. The whole community will miss him. He was a great man. My condolences to the family..and thinking of you during this time.

Hagerstown , Maryland

Sending you comforting prayer to you and your family at this dad time in your life. Cherish the memories. "Absent from the body, present with the Lord."

Kathy Edgel
Hagerstown, MD

My sincere condolences to Donna and the kids. Jim was one of a kind , a thoughtful and reserve type of person. He was the assistant Principal at North Caroline and I remember playing Santa at your home on Pealiquor Road and the joy it brought to Allyson and Ryan. I will always remember Jim as a kind and gentle soul.

Tyrone Holmes
Preston, Maryland

Praying for your family. We are members of Easton Baptist Church.

Tom & Mary Bromwell
Cordova, MD

Jim was my boss for a few years at Evening High School and once or twice for Summer School at North High. I always enjoyed working with him. He had a quiet, sharp wit that contrasted quite a bit with my loud, boisterous way. I am so sorry that he has passed so early, and I wish all of his family, especially Donna with whom I work, peace and comfort through this time.

Mike Babylon
Smithsburg, MD

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