Vernon King Moore

Moore, Vernon King

August 11, 1922 April 9, 2015


Vern Moore passed away peacefully at home in the early hours of April 9 with Martha, his wife of almost 57 years, at his side.

Vern’s life was given to the service of his country and his community. A proud Canadian Air Force veteran of WWII and a career service man, Vern retired as Corporal from the Armed Forces in 1972 with a long list of postings both in Canada and Europe. He moved his family to Sooke and continued his working life as a member of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, serving at Rocky Point Depot until finally retiring in 1992.

Vern became a member of the Sooke Legion Br. #54 in 1986 and for his dedication as Chair of the Poppy Fund and the Scholarship Committee, he was granted Life Membership in 1997 and the Royal Canadian Legion Meritorious Service Medal in 2003.

In his retirement, Vern was a champion of local arts; a regular fixture at the Sooke Fine Arts show, a season ticket holder for the Sooke Philharmonic and a member of the Sooke Community Choir for over 25 years. Anyone who attended an SCC Christmas concert will recognize his booming “Merry Christmas!” at the end of the show. He stirred the coffee vats at All Sooke Day, helped out at the Community Association conventions, and was photography section head for the Sooke Fall Fair. He was a loud supporter of Sooke ball teams at Art Morris Park.

Throughout all, Vern was very involved in Knox Presbyterian church as an elder, choir member and member of many committees.

Remembering him with love are his family, wife, Martha, daughter, Terrie (Steve), sons Jim and Bill, grandsons Garett Poirier, Kyle Poirier (Samantha), granddaughter Sydnee Ogden-Moore, great-grandson Kallen Poirier and numerous others welcomed into the family along the way.

The family wishes to thank for their care and attention Heather Southam, Dr. Pommerville and Dr. Valley, Sooke Hospice, Contact Loan Cupboard, and all the caregivers who supported Vern in his last days.

Everyone is invited to join in a celebration of Vern’s life to be held at the Sooke Legion, at 1:00 pm, Sunday, April 26. In lieu of flowers, Vern asked that people consider donating to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Legion Poppy Fund or Sooke Hospice.