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Kenneth "Moose" L. Moore

June 9, 1929 ~ April 26, 2021 (age 91)


Kenneth L. Moore, 91, of West Chester, PA passed away Monday April 26, 2021 at his home in West Chester.

He was the husband of the late Mary Ellen Moore.

Born June 9, 1929 in Watertown, New York, he was the son of William Henry Moore and Mayo Jean Eldred Moore, and the stepson of Edward Heffner.

Kenneth served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War, most specifically the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, known as one of the most brutal conflicts in modern war, where he became one of the “Chosin Few.”

Kenneth began his career as a truck driver for Farruggio’s, eventually working his way up to shop steward. He was also an official for the Teamsters, for whom he was secretary treasurer of the Local 107 in Philadelphia, and a longstanding member of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters, Joint Council 53. Additionally, he was the longest-sitting member of Philadelphia’s tax-review board.

His greatest accomplishment was his involvement within the alcohol and substance abuse recovery community. Kenneth, who celebrated 39 years of continuous sobriety in March, helped countless other people who suffered with the same affliction. 

Kenneth lost two of his sons to drug addiction, which inspired his tireless work to advance the message of recovery and empower the newly sober. He received a key to the city of West Chester from Mayor Dianne Herrin for his passion and dedication.

Most will remember Kenneth for his unabating humor and ability to capture the attention of a crowd with a well-told story and usually inappropriate punchline. He never stayed in a room longer than he absolutely felt he needed to, but you knew he had been there. 

He is survived by his sons, Timothy Walter (Dorothy) Moore, Kenneth William (Violetta) Moore, Kevin Thomas (Enrico Gomez) Moore; daughter, Mary Catherine (Russell Rogers) Moore; grandchildren, Courtney, Caitlin, Kenneth, Christine, Keith, Cheri, Emily, William, and Patrick; great-grandchildren, Evan, Lily, Greyson, Alexeya, Olivia, and Meade.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by sons Patrick Leo Moore and John Joseph Moore, sister Colleen Fischer, brother Walter Moore, and great-grandson Dugan Nelles. 

Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Friday, April 30, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. at DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 410 North Church Street West Chester, PA 19380, 610-696-1181,; followed by his Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. It is kindly requested that all guests wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

We also invite you to use the livestream link that will be available here:

Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery in West Chester, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network, an organization dedicated to providing transformative care to veterans and first responders experiencing post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and substance abuse; PO Box 368 Woodland Hills, CA 91365


April 30, 2021

10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc.
410 N. Church St.
West Chester, PA 19380

Funeral Service
April 30, 2021

11:00 AM
DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc.
410 N. Church St.
West Chester, PA 19380

Video is available for this event

Committal Service

St. Agnes Cemetery
1050 Pottstown Pike
West Chester, PA 19380


Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network
PO Box 368 Woodland Hills, Woodland Hills CA 91365

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