George Nelson Moore, 73, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2023. Born September 16, 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to George C. and Dorothy (Reed) Moore, Nelson grew up in Mount Lebanon with his five younger siblings. After graduating from Mount Lebanon High School, he followed in his father’s footsteps by enlisting in the United States Navy. Following his honorable discharge from military service, Nelson earned his Associates Degree in Psychology from the Community College of Allegheny County.
As a young man, Nelson enjoyed working at the Honda House off of Route 51, passed his time with close friends, Jack and Sharon Crawford, and welcomed the opportunity to support his hometown football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1978, Nelson began work for the Allegheny County Assistance Office as an Income Maintenance Worker, assisting community members in acquiring needed benefits and services; he would go on to serve the county for over 25 years. Nelson met Patsy Taylor, of Uniontown, and married at St. Thomas More Church in Bethel Park in 1985. They raised their son, Dangerfield, and daughter, Sydney, in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, attending Saint Bernard Church in Mount Lebanon. Nelson was a devoted and compassionate father, who spent his time motorcycling, cooking spaghetti sauce and “Frogs in a Pot” (a family specialty) for his children, and camping with his extended family. He was a member of the Beadling Sports Club in Upper Saint Clair, as well as the American Legion and the Jugo Slav Club in Bethel Park. Nelson was also known as an avid collector of trading cards, comic books, mugs and ball caps. He enjoyed Mexican food, loved rollercoasters, wrote poetry, sold darts for a period of time, tended his vegetable garden and visited the library often – feeding a veracious appetite for the written word. He also never passed up an opportunity to dance with a beautiful woman. When possible, Nelson nurtured his wanderlust by seeing the world; some of this he accomplished during his time in the U.S. Navy (the Mediterranean) and some of his travels occurred while married (the Caribbean, England and Denmark.)
Nelson dreamed of owning his own cabin deep in the woods of northern Pennsylvania and was prepared to move to Sinnemahoning, PA when he suffered a stroke in 2011. Since his stroke, he resided in assisted and skilled care, taking pleasure in reading mysteries, mythology and maritime history. He maintained his eclectic musical taste, favoring classic and experimental jazz and blues. Photos of his three grandchildren decorated the walls of his room, a reminder of his legacy. He was known throughout his life for a unique sense of humor, which he maintained until his last days. Nelson is survived by his children: Dangerfield (& Katherine) Moore, Sydney (& Corey) Fulton, three grandchildren: Joshua Moore, Emma Moore and Henry Fulton, his 98-year-old mother, Dorothy (Reed) Moore, his siblings: Elizabeth (& Edward) Switalski, Constance (& Robert) Schmidt, Kathleen Pierce, J. Thomas (& Marlene) Moore, and Barbara (& Stephen) Muse, his ex-wife, Patsy Taylor-Moore, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Donations to the National Motorcycle Safety Fund, to increase motorist awareness, or the American Heart Association, to benefit stroke research, are welcome in George Nelson Moore’s honor.
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