December 25, 1932 – July 24, 2020
George “Royce” Moore passed away peacefully at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital on Friday, July 24th, 2020. Royce was a Christmas baby born on December 25th, 1932 in Alcomdale, Alberta. He married the love of his life Connie and enjoyed over 60 years together with their three children and seven grandchildren.
Royce grew up in various places like Dawson Creek and Prince George but left home at an early age, finally settling in Kelowna where he moved in with Alan and Ivy Lansdowne. They took him in as one of their own and he was forever grateful. This much needed change started the best years of his life. He often spoke of their kindness and love as they were never forgotten.
Royce started his career with the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1952 and was transferred to the Vernon store in 1953 as salesman in the shoe department. This is where he met his co-worker Connie and they quickly became inseparable.
They were married on October 11th, 1957 and loved and respected each other every day since. They bragged of never having a fight – not one! In 1957 Royce joined the City of Vernon as clerk-cashier and quickly worked his way up to City Clerk and remained there until his retirement in 1982.
He spent those 25 years working closely on many great projects and received various awards for his achievements. He was very proud of bettering the community that he now called home.
Earlier in his life he took up figure skating and it quickly became his passion. Over the years he also loved golfing and swimming and was Commanding Officer of the Vernon Sea Cadet Corps. In his later years it was his long walks with Connie that he indeed looked forward to every day followed by a cup of tea and a muffin where they could sit and chat for hours about their beautiful life.
Royce was not a man of few words. He could literally strike up a conversation with just about any stranger and they would each walk away with a new, best friend. He was a kind and gentle soul and absolutely loved watching his grandchildren grow with such joy in his heart.
He would often sit right down on the carpet building anything and everything out of Lego or completing endless puzzles for hours at a time. He was happiest when with his family.
Royce is survived by his loving wife Connie and their children, Brian (Lynn) Moore, Cathie (Amory) Wong and Bruce (Erika) Moore; his grandchildren, AJ, Michael, Steven, Brianna, Bianca, Kiana and Trevor; his twin brother, Roy (Frances) Moore and his younger brother, Glen (Kathrine) Moore; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Allen and Clarence.
In respecting Royce’s wishes, he was cremated and a small private service will be held at a future date. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so many send donations in memory of Royce to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, 1690 Matthews Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6J 2T2 or B.C. Children’s Hospital, 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 4H4.
The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Don Smith and the staff at Creekside Landing for their patience, dedication and compassion during the last year.
Funeral arrangements have been made with Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5
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