In memory of the Hon. Robert L. Moore

The Honorable Robert L. Moore, age 68, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 1, 2014, at Hospice of Dayton after a long, courageous fight.

Bob was born in Dayton, OH, on July 26, 1945, to the late Eugene Burgess and Ann Lester Moore and was a 1963 graduate of Chaminade High School and a 1967 graduate of the University of Dayton. Bob received his law degree in 1972 from Ohio Northern University. Bob spent 24 years practicing law in the Dayton area before being elected Judge in Kettering Municipal Court in 1996. Bob’s passion for the law and justice was evident, and he treasured his 18 years on the bench. Bob also loved sports, taking to the field to officiate baseball, basketball, and football for 30 years. In 1984, Bob was recruited by the National Football League as a back judge and, over the next 13 years, officiated numerous divisional and conference championships including the Pro Bowl. For over 30 years, Bob was an active member of both the Dor-Wood Optimist Club, serving in many roles including Governor of the Ohio District, and the Agonis Club. For 20 years, Bob was a trustee of the First Kettering Athletic League, serving youth in his community. Throughout his life, Bob received numerous awards for service and leadership in the community and was especially honored to be named a Chaminade Julienne High School Distinguished Alumnus and inducted into the Optimist International Ohio District Hall of Fame. Bob’s most coveted roles were that of loving and devoted husband, proud and dedicated father, and adoring Pop.

Bob will always be remembered for “calling it as he saw it,” whether on the football field, the judicial bench, or in everyday life; his unwavering integrity; his deep love of family; his commitment to his community; and his sound faith. Bob was a trusted counselor and mentor to many and showed deep respect for his fellow man. Bob courageously battled cancer for over 11 years with outrageous optimism, steadfast faith, and true appreciation for the gift of each day. His family is comforted knowing Bob now rests in God’s loving arms.

Bob’s family is grateful for the many wonderful memories and gifts Bob left behind, including his strong example of faith, optimism, and commitment to family. After Bob’s initial cancer diagnosis over 11 years ago, Bob’s joy, faith, and optimism became even greater and more visible to all. Bob truly enjoyed and lived each day of his life with energy, passion, and gratitude — lessons we were able to witness first-hand. Bob’s positive attitude and strength throughout his fight allowed him to witness the birth of nine grandchildren and to be a part of countless wonderful family times and vacations over the last ten years. Bob faced cancer with such strength, hope, and faith, and he benefited from many treatments that were recently approved. We know Bob appreciated the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s commitment to research and finding a cure. Bob once remarked to his oncologist, “We’re going to beat this. We’re going to be on the front page of the paper!” Although God called Bob home, we know the cure is just around the corner, and we appreciate your consideration of PCF.

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A doctor who specializes in treating cancer. Some oncologists specialize in a particular type of cancer treatment. For example, a radiation oncologist specializes in treating cancer with radiation.