Thomas Terrill Moore was the second child born to Stanley Shepherd Moore and Lilian Theola (Harvey) Moore on September 6, 1926. Born and raised at 507 Cedarbrook Avenue prior to purchasing 415 Edgar Avenue followed by the home that many, whether of blood relation or love relation, came to know as home, 533 Edgar Avenue, Mr. Moore was a lifelong resident (and architect) of South Plainfield. Terrill, as he was known by those that knew him well, attended Grant School prior to matriculating (and riding his bicycle) to North Plainfield High School. An avid tumbler and fighter that, in spite of his stature, backed down from no one, finally met his match at a skating party in 1948. After courting for some time, Thomas Terrill Moore and Eveline Angeline Payten wed in October 1949. This union gave birth to 7 children, Thomas Terrill (Butch), Jr. (Judy), Riccardo Gary (Carolyn), Stanley Wayne (Toby), Donna Lynn (Mooie) (Verner), Bruce Allen, Diane Marie (Dominic), and James Gregory (Sharon).
Following in his Uncle’s and brother’s footsteps, T. Moore served the United States of America through his time in the Air Force. As an initiated Freemason, Brother Moore served the Oriental Grand Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons for nearly 70 years.
Tommy Moore, as many of the faculty knew him, served the South Plainfield community through 37 years as a custodian with the South Plainfield Board of Education prior to his retirement in April 1992.
Throughout the years, family reigned supreme in the eyes of Terrill. Whether it was “going for a ride” to Mr. Grillo’s for some Italian ice on a hot summer evening or to watch “the people”, flea markets, Shinnecock, Hershey Park with Big Phil or Drive-ins with his children, Dad loved to be a provider and fixer of all things. On top of all of this and more, Eveline was truly the apple of his eye. No matter what he may have been going through, “Is your Mother okay,” was the only question he ever needed answered in the affirmative.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Stanley Shepherd and Theola, his loving brother, Stanley (Junior), and two younger sisters, Gloria (Queetie) and Clara, and sons, Thomas (Butch), Jr. and Stanley (Toby). Carrying on his legacy are his and Eveline’s 5 children and their respective spouses, a daughter-in-law (Shelley), 15 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and many family friends.
We are sure glad God seen fit to give us a man in His own image.