GERALD K. "JERRY" MOORE
ALWAYS a supportive, loving, generous hard-working provider, and protector to his loved ones; Jerry Moore was born on June 23, 1937, in Mancelona, Michigan to James and Hazel Moore. As the eldest of eight children, he learned early on the importance of caring for family and friends.
Jerry graduated from Godwin Heights High School and as a senior, won the Golden Gloves in boxing in 1955. Soon after graduating, Jerry enlisted in the US Navy in 1956 and served on the USS Pillsbury and USS Jallao.
After enlisting, he met his soulmate, Rosalie, and they wed January 4, 1958, just before they were stationed in New Haven, Connecticut. Their family grew with the addition of their eldest, Theresa, later that year.
After being honorably discharged from the service, Jerry moved his family back to Michigan and began his professional career at Mark's Photo Shop in Grand Rapid, Michigan. In 1961, his family increased by one with the birth of their daughter, Victoria. His work ethic and natural ability to connect with people was noticed by one of his customers. The customer was so impressed that he offered him a position as a stockbroker with Continental Securities in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1964.
After working for Continental Securities for a few years, Jerry was offered a position with another brokerage firm. He started with Paine Webber in 1969 and worked there until he retired. While employed with Paine Webber, he managed many offices and mentored many careers. This led to moves to Salt Lake City,
Memphis and finally Denver where he lived within walking distance of Theresa and her son and daughter Spencer and Sarah.
Years before, when Jerry’s youngest daughter was entering the same industry he had built a life within, he told her that to have a great career, it was important to always put the interest of her firm and her clients first. Unsurprisingly, in 1998, Research Magazine named Jerry to their Broker Hall of Fame. Jerry’s interest, love and objectivity for the brokerage business continued throughout his career when he served as a NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers) Arbitrator.
Even though he never wrestled a day in his life; he began an additional career as a wrestling official. His sense of fairness, respect, sportsmanship and admiration for the wrestlers were always seen on the mat. In 2013, his efforts were recognized by being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Jerry was an adventurer and had a passion for life in general. He loved bicycling, kayaking, camping and even held a pilot’s license for a while. His biggest passion in life though was his family and love for all those around him.
In 2018, this could be seen with the birth of his great grandchild, Nolan; son of his granddaughter Sarah and her husband Andrew. His eyes lit up every time Nolan was around and he could not boast about him enough.
On October 22, 2019, Jerry began his Eternal Patrol. His support, love, protection, generosity, work ethic and kindness will be missed by all the lives he touched.
Page Created: January 2020, Last Revised: October 2021