Kettering Judge Robert L. Moore remained positive in spite of an 11-year battle with prostate cancer, until his death Saturday at Hospice of Dayton. He was brought to the facility Jan. 27.
“He was definitely a people person. He loved people and he loved the law,” said Rob Hoffman, bailiff for the 68-year-old judge. “He fought a courageous battle with cancer up until his death.”
The Dayton native attended Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton in 1967. He earned his law degree from Ohio Northern University in 1972.
He spent 24 years practicing law in Dayton and sat on the bench in Kettering for 18 years.
“Bob was a very dedicated member of the association,” said Bill Wheeler, the executive director of the Dayton Bar Association. “Two years ago, he was nominated by his peers to be a DBA Foundation Fellow for his outstanding work in the community. He was very well respected and we’re sad to hear of his passing.”
Moore was heavily involved in the community as a seasoned baseball, basketball and football official. He also officiated several notable games and conferences in the NFL as a back judge for 13 years.
He was active in the Dor-Wood Optimist Club for 30 years, and was inducted into the Optimist International Ohio District Hall of Fame.
“He was a true optimist by nature not just title,” Hoffman said. “He will be greatly missed by many and forgotten by few.”
Moore is survived by his wife Toni, children Timothy, Matthew and Elizabeth, and nine grandchildren.
A visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm on Fridayat St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Moore’s funeral will be at 10:30 am on Saturdayat the church. In lieu of flowers, the Moore family has requested donations be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
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