Edwin Joseph Moore, known to all as Joe, was born and raised in Victoria. Second born, after his sister Lorraine, to Ed and Peggy Moore, Joe grew up on Wark Street and went to George Jay Elementary, S.J. Willis for junior highschool, and Vic High, where he met the love of his life, Margaret Horne. He asked her to the homecoming dance the year after he graduated and they dated while he continued his education at UBC and UVIC. They married in 1961.
Joe started teaching at Marigold Elementary right after obtaining his teacher’s certificate. He also taught at Gordon Head, Blanchard, Macaulay, and Quadra Elementary schools, retiring in 1994 after 35 years as a beloved teacher and vice principal.
Fun fact: Blanchard Elementary was built on the same spot where his childhood home had been and if he stood in a specific second floor classroom, he had the same view as from his childhood bedroom.
Joe loved teaching English, History and Math, but will be best remembered for teaching music and directing the epic school musicals. His personal favourite was “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, which he directed many times. He even chaperoned a group of 80 children on a trip to Vancouver to watch the stage production at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Music was always a big part of Joe’s life. He learned to play piano at a young age and enjoyed accompanying his Dad, who played the fiddle. Joe discontinued formal lessons when his piano teacher, Mrs. Roberts, announced, “I don’t think Beethoven was meant to be played with that boogie-woogie rhythm.”
Joe played his first New Year’s “gig” on James Island at age 15. In the following years, he headed up a very popular quartet that lit up the bandstand at some of Victoria’s finest dance halls, including McMorran’s, the Crystal Gardens, and the Air Force Wing.
As kids, we fondly remember helping Dad pack up the Wurlitzer electric piano into the family station wagon for his dance jobs on Friday or Saturday nights. During his retirement, he delighted many an audience at various retirement homes in the Greater Victoria area.
Dad loved his family above all else and treasured summers together at Cordova Bay. He enjoyed reminiscing about trips to Disneyland, Seattle, San Francisco, and down the Oregon coast.
Retiring early enabled Dad to take multiple cruises with Mom before her untimely death from brain cancer in 2008. He loved Mom dearly and missed her daily. He was so proud of his family and somehow managed to gather his children and grandchildren together for a memorable cruise to Alaska in 2011.
Mom often lamented that she didn’t get to dance enough because Dad was always the entertainer. We can imagine them finally getting to dance again.
There will be no formal service at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Joe was predeceased by his sister, Lorraine, and his wife, Margie. He is survived by Kevin and Joanna Moore (Laura, Maggie, Christopher, Peter, Abigail, Isabel, Jack and Matthew), Marilyn and Rob Oswald (Keegan, Jane and Finn), and Denise Webster and Noah Violini.