John Benson Moore Jr., 82, spent many happy years exploring the Chesapeake Bay

John Benson Moore Jr.

John Benson Moore Jr., 82, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. John was born Nov. 30, 1937, in Florence, South Carolina, to the late John Benson Moore Sr. and Melrose Rustin Moore and spent most of his life in the Hampton Roads region.

John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Susan Bland Moore of Virginia Beach; brother, William G. Moore of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; son, John Benson Moore III, and his wife, Katherine Callahan, of Suffolk; daughter, Elizabeth Reeb, and her husband, Michael, of Bristow; nephews, David Gosey, and his wife, Lizabeth, of Suffolk and Ryan Moore of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; grandchildren, Stephanie Bryan, Joseph Cochran, Robert Cochran, Rachel Reeb and Emily Reeb; and four great-grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his sister, Janet Morrison.

John graduated from Norview High School in 1956 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginal Tech and a Masters of Engineering from Old Dominion University. He spent 30 years of his career in civil service working for the Naval Sea Systems Command, Norfolk. In addition to his career, John’s life was enriched by opportunities to serve his community. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of Hampton Roads for over 30 years and served as president. He also served on the Larkspur Civic League Board, presided as president of the United Methodist Men at Community United Methodist Church and was a member of the General Advisory Council for Technical and Career Education for the Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

After retiring in 1995, John was awarded the time to further pursue his love of sailing and woodworking. John and Susan enjoyed many happy years exploring the Chesapeake Bay and beyond on their 36 ft. sloop, L’Amour. The memories created and friendships made on the sea will always be one of the great joys of their life.

John was an avid wood worker for years and was a charter member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He spent many hours in his workshop mastering the fine art of furniture building and he was excited to spend one summer in the town of Ashburton in England studying and perfecting his work. John kept his hands busy and lovingly created many custom furniture pieces over the years. His family will treasure his work for generations to come.

John was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather; he will be greatly missed by those who love him. We are comforted by the fact he is now at peace and hope he is now on a starboard tack with fair winds and following seas. We will miss you wonderful D-Daddy.

A celebration of life John’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, at Community United Methodist Church, 1072 Old Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach. A reception will follow services. Private interment will be held in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Community United Methodist Church of Virginia Beach and Boy Scouts of America.

Share online condolences with the family at Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville.

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