Philip Robert Moore was killed in a tragic hunting incident on November 29, 2009 at the age of 55 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Jane, his son Ross, daughter-in-law Maureen, his daughter Jill and son-in-law Jay Steenbergen. Phil’s beloved grandchildren are Thomas Macfie, Alex Moore and Joseph Steenbergen. He was eagerly anticipating the arrival of another grandchild after Christmas. His sisters, brothers and their spouses also mourn his passing; Larry (Jocelyn) Moore, Carol (Jim) Tronnes, Harvey (Carol) Moore and Connie (Gerrit) Van Heeren. Jane’s parents Glen and Pearl Nelson, brother Brad and sisters Holly (Lorne) Kostiuk and Bev (Rod) Martin will also feel a void in their lives. Uncle Phil was very special to his eighteen nieces and nephews and their families. His many friends will remember with smiles the way he could always make them laugh. He was predeceased by his parents Max and Agnes Moore.
Phil was born in Lacombe, Alberta on May 12, 1954. He felt blessed to have grown up on the Moore family farm near Gull Lake. His years at Bentley School were fondly remembered. On December 27, 1975 he married his high school sweetheart, Jane Nelson. After spending a few years in Calgary, they bought their farm in the hills west of Bentley, where their children grew up learning to appreciate nature and developing their work ethic through their active involvement in all aspects of farm life. Phil loved taking others “under his wing” helping them learn to ski, ride a motorcycle, play the guitar, or ride a horse. When hunting, he loved to help push so others could get their game. His generosity with his time and resources was appreciated by many. PHILosophies were always passionately debated around the table and campfire. Although quadding, hunting, fishing and boating were favorite pastimes of Phil’s, his favorite sport has always been teasing, testing and pushing other people’s buttons to get some fun going! His teams of draft horses were his pride and joy, even being useful, hauling out hunting camp annually to the Baptiste area, which became a three generation destination. For a time, most of the horses on the Lazy Dog Ranch could be either ridden or driven. The Black Angus herd which was developed on the farm was a great source of pride, as of course, was his Moore’s Backhoe Services business. When Ross became Phil’s partner in the limited company, one of Phil’s dreams came true. His efficiency, safety, perfectionism, creativity, and eye for landscape structure resulted in very satisfied customers.
We have lost a treasured husband, father, grandfather, brother, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. He was one of a kind.
A celebration of Filmor’s life will be held at the Bentley Ag Centre on Monday, December 7, 2009 at 1:00 pm with Rev. Ray Goodship officiating. Donations can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to (Subject: Moore)