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Eric Lee Moore passed away peacefully in his sleep on
Tuesday, August 22nd at Westview Healthcare Center in Dayville, CT.
Eric Lee, known as Rick to his friends, was born on October 5,1942 to Charles and Dorothy Moore. He was the oldest of six children. He is survived by two sisters, Lynne Allard of New Hampshire and Patty Biagioni of Maine. Three of his siblings have passed on before him, a sister, Janet and a brother, Scott. Another sister, Nancy Sue, passed away as a young child.
Rick's pride and joy was his attending Norwich Military Academy. He received a sports scholarship for baseball, and he was also the recipient of the Francis Ouimet scholarship while working as a caddy throughout high school. He made friends for life at the academy and attended his reunion each and every year to see his 'buddies'. He wore his collegiate ring with pride. He rose to the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army. At the advice of his mother, he studied dentistry. This became more of a vocation for him as he truly loved his occupation. He maintained a family practice for over thirty years off of Main Street in Jewett City, CT. His patients loved him, and he loved to serve his community, participating as dental advisor to Griswold, Lisbon, Voluntown and St. Mary's schools. Even after retiring, he found a way to continue to provide dentistry to those in need.
He later became a member of the Board of Directors at Jewett City bank. He really enjoyed being on the Board and the people he served with.
'Ricky' was married to Nancy (LaFemina) Moore, whom he met in Montpelier, Vermont, for over 20 years and they had four children together. While stationed as a dentist in the army, in Bamberg, Germany, he and Nancy welcomed a daughter, Deborah Marie, and a son, Jeffrey James. On returning home to Duxbury, Massachusetts, they welcomed another daughter, Katherine Lee. And later, after settling in Connecticut, they welcomed a fourth child, a daughter, Carissa Ann. Ricky also is the grandfather to eight grandchildren and soon to be the great-grandfather to three great-grandchildren.
Deborah married Robert Sadowski, who has a son Joshua, and currently resides in Hampstead, NC. Jeffrey married Tracy Sidoti and resides in East Lyme, CT. They have two sons, Ethan and Tyler. Katherine married Scott Caron and resides in Griswold, CT. They have two children, a son, Aiden and a daughter, Sienna. Carissa married Thomas Moos and resides in Champions Gate, FL. They have three children, Elijah, Gwyneth and Olivia.
Elijah married Chelsea Ivey and they are expecting a child in the coming weeks, Rick's third great-grandchild. Gwyneth married Noah Morrow and has two sons, Xander and Jace.
Eric loved his grandchildren very much. They were an endless source of joy for him, as he loved interacting with children. He loved spending time with them and loved to participate in all their life events, including watching many of their games and practices.
Later in his life he found companionship with Susan Hagenbach of Norwich, CT. They spent many happy years enjoying and treasuring each other's friendship.
Rick was an active man with many friends, keeping some for well over several decades. He loved to travel and participate in several sports leagues. He loved politics and watching the game on TV, he loved all the Boston teams and rooted for the Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox and the Patriots; especially Tom Brady, whom he continued to watch after his move to the Buccaneers.
Rick was always eager to laugh. He could watch his favorite comedies over and over and laugh to the point of tears every time. He was also a master joke teller and seemed to always have a good one to share.
He loved history and loved to travel, he was always eager to learn and had an inquisitive nature, never wanting to be ignorant of something he thought he should know. He participated in adult education well into retirement.
Eric was a gentle soul. He was kind. Patient. Generous. He was always there to listen. He treated everyone he met with dignity and respect. He always thanked every person he saw in uniform with a 'Thank you for your service'.
He was, in every way, the very definition of a gentleman.
He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. He was a wonderful father, friend and person.
Life will go on without him, but it will not be as sweet..
Calling hours will be Monday, September 4th from 5-7 PM at Gagne-Piechoswki Funeral Home at 490 Voluntown Rd. in Griswold, CT A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, September 5th, 10AM at St. Michael’s Church located at 60 Liberty St, Pawcatuck, CT. Burial to follow at River Bend Cemetery in Westerly, RI