Moore, Jr., John Warner

John Warner Moore, Jr., Esquire passed from earth early on August 1, 2019 from natural causes at the age of 92.  Left to mourn his passing are his sister, Marianne C. Moore of Hartford, CT and his two sons, David M. Moore, Esquire of Simsbury, CT and James M. Moore, of Farmington, CT.  Also mourning his passing are his daughter in law, Elizabeth M. Moore, his grandchildren Kathleen V. Moore, Megan M. Moore and William J. Moore, all of Simsbury, CT and Jim’s fiancée, Rachel Cepelak, of Farmington, Connecticut.  John was pre-deceased by his wife, Virginia Hamilton (Smith) Moore (he wore his wedding ring up until his death) and his eldest son, John Warner Moore, III.  The family also is grateful for the loving care given by Carmen, Margaret and Amie, especially at the end of John’s life.


John was born in Bronxville, New York to Lt. Commander John Warner Moore, USN, Chaplain Corps and Constance (Eustis) Moore, their youngest of four children.  The family followed Chaplain Moore with most of his various postings as he rose through the ranks, which meant that John lived in a variety of locals, like Norfolk, Virginia, Vevey, Switzerland, American Samoa, and New London, Connecticut.  Shortly before World War II began, John’s father was promoted to Captain, and after the war started, he was promoted to Pacific Fleet Chaplain. Captain Moore made it known that he did not want his only son to follow him.  Against such express wishes, John’s patriotism led him to enlist in the U.S. Navy as an Electric Technician’s Mate, training in the operating and servicing of radar systems.  To John’s father’s profound relief, John’s training went past the end of the war.  After completing the training, John was honorably discharged at the end of 1945.  John was accepted into Yale University, where he excelled in swimming.  John set several records (one of which lasted for over 64 years) and was a member of the 4 by 100 Freestyle relay team that set a world record.


After graduation, John worked for Armstrong Rubber in New Haven, CT, and then for Scovill Manufacturing, later Scovill, Inc., in Waterbury, Connecticut.  He met, then married, “Ginny,” who kept him on the straight and narrow, and they lived in Woodbury, CT, West Hartford, CT and Farmington, CT having and raising their three sons along the way.  John, while becoming a rising star with Scovill’s employee relations section, also attended UConn Law School’s night division, graduating and passing the bar in 1960.  By 1968, John was promoted to be Vice-President of Employee Relations and had developed a reputation for being a fair-minded, honest, yet tough negotiator.  John’s efforts led Scovill to being one of the few Fortune 500 companies that had almost no work stoppages.  Scovill, at this point in time had plants in 26 states and 5 countries, so losing less than 100,000 hours to strike in the 38 years he served Scoville was no small feat. John was awarded the McAuliffe Medal Award by Hartford’s Archbishop Whealon in 1969 for recognizing moral principles which insist on the recognition of mutual rights and responsibilities in labor-management relations.  In the mid-1980’s, Scovill was bought and carved into several small companies, and John was the last Scovill employee to manage those transitions. John then took his negotiating skills to the UConn Health Center, where he became the Assistant Vice-President for Human Resources and earned the respect of both the Administration and Union leaders alike. As his tenure at UConn wound down, John was appointed as an Alternate Member to the State of Connecticut Labor Board.  When John retired from the UConn Heath Center, he was appointed a Regular Member and Chair to the Labor Board (a position he served for almost 10 years), serving under three governors.


John had a strong faith, while in recent years it was practiced privately, which was tested by the deaths of his wife and eldest son. That faith was one of the touchstones of his life and led to interesting experiences.  John was elected and ordained to the Board of Ruling Elders of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and served as its Chair during a moment of significant upheaval.  John also became Chair of Moral Re-Armament, Inc. (an institution that gave birth to both AA and Up With People prior to John’s tenure), which later became known as Initiatives for Change, in the 1980’s through the mid-1990’s.  John also was a member and a leader with the First Church of Christ, Farmington when it went through a tumultuous time in the late 1980’s through the early 1990’s.  John enjoyed reading the Bible, and having the Bible read to him at the end of his days.  John was an honest, honorable, loving, generous, funny, faithful and strong man, who loved his family deeply.  May he enjoy God’s eternal peace, reunited with Ginny, John and all of his family and friends who went before him.


While there will be no calling hours, a Funeral Service will be held at Ahern Funeral Home, Unionville, Connecticut on August 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  Committal with military honors will follow immediately thereafter at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, Connecticut.


Calling Hours

Funeral Service

Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home


Riverside Cemetery ~ Farmington

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One Response to 'Moore, Jr., John Warner'

  1. Marha Morrison Assoc. Broker with Bruyere Chadwick Realty says:

    So sorry for your loss. I am writing today because I am a real estate broker near Jenne Island in Black Lake. I have been approached by an interested party about viewing and purchasing the island. Would someone be able to call my cell at 315-323-8109 to let me know if you would consider this idea. I have contacted the funeral home several times and have yet to hear from you. Please also call if you are not interested and this way I will know that you received my message. You are in my prayers. Martha Morrison Broker with Bruyere Chadwick Realty.315-323-8109

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