Arthur N. “Art” Moore
October 11, 1947 ‒ June 26, 2010
MANSFIELD ~ Art Moore lived by the words of John W. Gardner: “Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach.” Be it his sporting career, his profession, or his family relationships ~ Art made the choice to excel.
The man who poured so much of himself into others and into his work passed away Saturday, June 26, 2010 in The Ohio State University Hospitals, Columbus. He was 62.
Born Arthur Nash Moore on October 11, 1947 in Mansfield to James H. and Rosetta D. (Nash) Moore, Art was graduated from Lexington High School in 1965.
When Art was not at his father’s side, tinkering on his Dad’s antique cars, he was playing sports at Lexington High School. Art was the quarterback the first year Lexington brought football back in the 60s, but his main sport was baseball. An athletic first baseman, Art tried out for the New York Mets, but the Mets’ plan for him to start on a farm team was not compatible with Art’s idea of excellence.
Art remembered the skills he learned from his father, and from his first job at Suburbanite Motors, and pursued a different direction. He headed to Chicago and earned a degree in auto tech from Allied Institute of Technology. He returned to Mansfield and had worked as an auto technician his whole life. 17 of those years he worked with J.J.’s Auto World, which became Bill Harris Chevrolet in Ashland, before he and his wife opened Moore’s Downtown Automotive Repair.
He had earned the status of Master Technician with the Automotive Service Excellence Institute and for 17 years was awarded Gold-Level standing as a Master Technician with Cadillac.
When his family was young, Art coached Little League baseball, then later traveling ball, and remained a lifelong Cleveland Indians fan ~ even during the lean years, Art “loved to hate the Indians”.
Art merged his profession with his hobby of drag racing. He was a member of the National and American Hot Rod Associations and for years, every weekend, took the family to Dragway 42, National Trails, Norwalk Raceway, or some other track so he could race his stock cars, funny cars, dragsters or his wheel stander “The Legendary Chuck Wagon”.
Everybody wanted their mechanical question answered by Art. And Art took the time for them, too. He was hardworking and helpful, perceptive and strong-willed. His friendliness and likeability always prevailed…the fruit of his good attitude.
Art was a member of First Christian Church.
He is survived by his wife Mary (Pickens) Moore; sons Christopher Scott Leedy of Madison, WI and Michael James Moore of Sullivan; his daughter Macy Ann Romero of Bokeelia, FL; grandchildren Samuel Alonzo and Sage Romero; a sister Deborah Jolly of Ft. Myers, FL; his mother-in-law Irene Pickens of Mansfield; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Linda & Robert Miller of Sanford, FL, Ed & Deb Pickens of Mansfield, Dennis & Barbara Pickens of Green Valley, AZ and Bob & Adriana Pickens of Aurora, IL; and nieces and nephews.
His parents preceded him in death.
The Moore family will receive friends Thursday, July 1, 2010 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will immediately follow at 7 p.m. His nephews, Pastors Shawn Bruce and Jon Pickens will officiate. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery.
In Art’s memory, contributions are encouraged to the American Diabetes Association or to LifeLine of Ohio and may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Moore family and private condolences to them may be made online at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com