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MOORE, John Stanley QC

September 15, 1931 – Grand Prairie, Alberta
September 4, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

The Honourable John Stanley Moore, QC passed away very suddenly at home on Monday, September 4, 2017 at the age of 85 years. Beloved husband of Jacqueline (Orr) and loving father of Kristin Moore (Robb Wheatley) of Calgary, and Johnny Moore of Vancouver.

John was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, the eldest child of Stanley and Lillian Moore. Raised on the family farms in Grande Prairie and Northmark, the parents felt education was important and it was through their support that John travelled to Calgary with his Granny Patrick to attend Western Canada High school and study theatre with Dr. Betty Mitchell. Granny Patrick took John to the Banff School of Fine Arts where his passion for the theatre was established. The legal profession won out after being admitted to the University of Alberta. Aside from studies, John was active in university life, and a brother of Delta Upsilon. John received his LL.B in 1956 and returned Calgary to article at McLaws and Company. He was admitted to the bar in 1957. John continued his law career at McLaws and quickly became a partner. John spent many satisfying years in the legal profession, and was known for his ethics and his dedication to his clients. John was appointed as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta on November 15, 1989, and then appointed Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench in 1992. He retired from the bench on September 15 2006. He then worked with the Canadian Pension Appeals Board, sitting on panels all across Canada.

Outside of the law courts, John still chose to stay on the tennis courts for his true passion of that sport. John was getting ready to head to a tennis lesson when he died, evidence that he still kept the possibility of competing at the Davis Cup alive in his mind. He was a devoted attendee at Rico’s Tennis Academy, and forged many lasting friendships over the nets. Aside from tennis, John loved the mountains and would ski in the winter, and hike in the summer. Lake O’Hara Lodge was a very special place for John and Jacy, where they made many friends over the years. Tofino with the family was also a highlight for John. He was a dedicated Dad who was a vocal supporter of his kids in everything, especially at their various field hockey and ice hockey games. He instilled the love of theatre and speech arts in both Kristin and Johnny. He was a supporter of the Calgary arts attending the opera, symphony, theatre, and chamber music. John was also very involved over the years in the Progressive Conservative Party participating actively in many election campaigns.

John was known for his quick wit, intelligence, wise counsel, and his sense of justice. He had a lifelong insatiable appetite for learning and was never devoid of an opinion at the dinner table!

John is survived by his younger brother, Marlin Moore (Louise) of Calgary; grandchildren, Laura and Quinn Moore and their mother Shawnah Fossen, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by the last of a long line of Moore family labs, Finnegan. He was predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Lillian Moore; brother, Gerald Moore and his sister and brother-in-law, Donna Liesemer and Ron Liesemer,

There will be a Celebration of John’s Life in the fall.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of John Moore, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Maggie and Mick Winter :

    Kristin, so sorry to hear the sad news of your Dads death.
    Mick and I are thinking of you ♥️

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  2. Ingrid Schoning :

    Kristin, my deepest condolences to you and your entire family. May he rest in peace.
    Ingrid

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  3. On behalf of Queen’s Bench, Medicine Hat, please accept our deepest condolences. Justice Moore was always kind to us when he was in Medicine Hat, and we in turn returned the same. I myself also spent time clerking with Justice Moore in Drumheller wherein we attended the Royal Tyrell Museum together on our down time. We are truly sorry for your sudden loss.

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  4. Justice Andrea Moen :

    Dear Family of the Honourable John Moore
    I was privileged to be a colleague of John’s on the Queen’s Bench. He had a lovely smile and quiet sense of humour – necessary for the work he was doing.

    I am sorry for your loss. However, it appears John led his life to the full and enjoyed his family immensely. You will miss him.

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  5. Pat and Muriel Garrett :

    Sorry to hear of sudden passing of your husband father brother will be thinking of you through these difficult days.

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  6. Michelle Somers :

    I worked for Mr. Justice Moore as a legal counsel, and remember him fondly. He was a lovely person, and you have my heartfelt condolences.

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  7. My deepest sympathy to Justice Moore’s family. I was a new judge at QB during his time on the bench. He was always helpful, gracious and had a compelling wry sense of humour. He will be missed by many.

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  8. Hnourabe William E, Wilson :

    John and I were together in the Law Faculty program in the 1950’s, and I got to know him well. It is a great shame and shock to see him go, in this way, he was so active and enjoying retirement. I send my sadness and condolences too the family. Bill Wilson, Edmonton

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  9. Sandy and Pam Park :

    Jackie, Kristin and Johnny and Families: Pam and I were deeply saddened by John’s sudden passing. To me, Sandy he was a hard working and knowledgeable legal partner, a fair and equitable jurist, a fervent tennis partner, and a mentor. He was the ultimate gentleman who exemplified graciousness and a wry sense of humour. Pam and I extend our deepest sympathies to all of you at this sad time. Sandy and Pam Park.

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  10. Diane & Herb Fishman :

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. We have been friends since meeting at Lake O’Hara in 1972. A terrific wit and sense of humor. We will miss him& wish the bet to Jacy.
    Diane & Herb Fishman (Chicago)

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  11. John was a fine man with a kind heart. He was a true gentleman, always considerate of others. That consideration was always present in his work. John had a good sense of humour and it was a pleasure to work with him.

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  12. John was a fine man with a kind heart. He was a true gentleman, always considerate of others which was ever present in his work John had a good sense of humour and was well liked by his colleagues. It was a pleasure to work with him on the bench.

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  13. The first time I met John was at the Palliser Hotel early one Saturday morning while preparing for a public meeting with Harvie Andre, an Ottawa Minister. He assisted me with the set-up and helped me with the “meet and greet”. (Imagine a busy QC giving up his weekend to help a lowly constituency assistant). We were friends forever after. My deepest condolences to Jacy, Kristin and Johnny. Forever remembered.

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  14. The first time I got to know John, I was a lowly constituency assistant preparing for a meeting for my boss, Harvie Andre, a Member of Parliament. It was about 9am on a Saturday in the Penthouse at the Palliser. John was the first to arrive and helped me with name tags and the “meet and greet”. We were friends forever after. My deepest condolences to Jacy, Kristin and Johnny. Forever remembered.

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  15. Mary Lou McCormick :

    John and I were saddened to hear of John’s passing. From chatting on Frontenac avenue many times when we lived there and he would be walking the dog..I still recall his keen wit, positivity and kind demeanour. Please accept our sincere condolences. John and Mary Lou McCormick

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  16. Dear Jacy, Kristin and John:
    We are very sorry to hear of the loss of an old friend. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Barbara Deyell and family.

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  17. Dear Mrs Moore, Kristin and Johnny

    I am very sorry to know about your loss. He was a wonderful man and I will miss him very much. You are in my heart and mind. My condolences on the passing of your Dad.
    God Bless.
    David

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  18. Tania Willumsen :

    Jaqueline and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing John with you at the ballet and opera and the chats we shared about the performances.

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  19. Dody and Wes van der Lee :

    Marlin and Louise and family, please accept our sincere condolences during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Dody and Wes van der Lee

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  20. Mary Jo & Clint Broughton :

    Dear Kristin, Clint & I were so very sorry to get word of your Dad’s passing.

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  21. To: Jacqui and family,

    To wish you my condolences on the passing of John, and to remember John at this sad time.

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