Thomas Joseph Moore, 92, died peacefully on May 9 surrounded by family. A funeral mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 19, at St. Matthew Church in Hillsboro preceded by a rosary at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
Mr. Moore was born in 1925 to Joseph and Antoinette Moore. He was raised in Roy, and at age 17 he volunteered for military service in the Army Air Corps. During WWII, he was stationed in England and flew P-51 Mustangs in the European Theater. After the war, he studied at University of Portland and received his law degree from Santa Clara University. He worked for the FBI in New York before returning to Portland. He opened his own law practice in 1956 and in 1963 moved to Hillsboro to partner with Mervin Brink. Tom was a highly-respected attorney, and he retired in 2015 at age 90.
Mr. Moore met Mary Ellen Petrone at an event for the Blanchet House, and they married in 1954 at St. Thomas More Church. Mr. Moore loved the Oregon Coast, and the family vacationed often in Arch Cape. He enjoyed deep-sea fishing, was an avid gardener and an excellent cook, and loved to travel with his wife.
A devout Catholic, Mr. Moore was a generous man who belonged to numerous boards and charities. He was a founding member of the Blanchet House and served the organization for 60 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings: George, Pius “Mac”, Lawrence, Mary Caruso, Joseph and Eileen Sorensen. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen; his children and their spouses: Eileen Reilly (Bill), Tom Moore (Anne), Molly Moore, Anne Moore; brother John Moore (Josephine); six grandchildren: Alison, Natalie, Matthew, Kathleen, Elizabeth, Caroline; and many nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to the Blanchet House or St. Matthew Church.