Joseph E. Moore Jr. of Hockessin

Joseph E. Moore Jr., 87, of Hockessin, died Saturday, Jan. 2, at his home. He was the loving husband of D.Yvonne (Christy) Moore, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage.

Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Blanche (Nickel) Moore and Joseph E. Moore Sr.

Mr. Moore served our country in the Army during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1956 as an specialist first class in the 10th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division.

He attended St. Agnes in West Chester and Malvern Prep, Villanova and the University of Delaware to further his education.

He was a technician for the DuPont Company working at Newport, Chestnut Run and the majority of his career at the experimental station, retiring in 1988. His interest in horse racing was evident in his depth of knowledge about the horses, jockeys and trainers, which lead him to work part time at Delaware Park and Brandywine Race Track.

His love of sports was evident in his creation and long-term coaching of the Babe Ruth Little League in Delaware for many years. He also enjoyed golfing and was a member of a few golf leagues. He was very talented at stained glass design and woodworking and shared his love of these hobbies by generously gifting his creations to family, friends and casual acquaintances. Joe also enjoyed playing bridge with his DelPark Manor friends and completing the daily crossword and cryptogram puzzles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four devoted daughters, Pamela Gambacorta, Christy Almeida (Joe), Debra Papillo (Mark) all of Hockessin, Kimberly Mezick (Rob) of Wilmington; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Erin, Lauren, Devon, Caitlin, Francesca, Joseph, and Madison and five great-grandchildren, Brady, Hunter, Evelyn, Sloane, and Jude.

A private graveside service will be held at Longwood Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in his memory may be made to Heartland Hospice of Delaware, 256 Chapman Road, Suite 102, Newark DE 19702. Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

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