Malcolm M. Moffat

July 17, 1928 ‒ September 24, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Malcolm Moffat was the type of guy who chose to rotate among the three shifts at Timken Roller Bearing Co. so he could catch his kids’ games and school events. A quiet, practical man, he found life’s truest reward in providing for his family.

Malcolm passed away on September 24, 2019 after years of declining health, at peace knowing he had given everything he had to his family, faith, hard work, the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Indians. He was 91.

Malcolm was born on July 17, 1928, in Amsterdam, Ohio, the son of Chris Cyner and Cecelia Anthus Moffat. Raised on a farm, he was the sixth of eight siblings, all of whom remained close. He served in the U.S. Army in Indiana and Germany from 1950-52, then came home to live with his sisters after his parents had both died at a young age. He went to work in the chemical lab for Timken, giving them everything he had for 37½ years. Best thing that ever happened to him? Meeting Ruth Shafer, the love of his life, at the Hikers Club meeting at the Canton YMCA in 1953. Married 64 happy years, they raised two children and were blessed with eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. His beloved wife survives.

Talk about a tough guy, Malcolm had quadruple bypass surgery 31 years ago. Doctors said he should hope for 15 good years. He showed them. A stroke two years ago took its toll, though he still got up and shaved every morning. It was important to him to always look his best.

Malcolm is survived by his wife, Ruth; two children – Kim Walsh and her husband, John, of Fredericktown, Ohio, and Chris Moffat and his wife, Anne, of Charlotte, N.C.; eight grandchildren – Katie Hamilton and her husband, Nathon Balka, of Fredericktown, Joe Walsh and his wife, Niki, of Fredericktown, Patrick Walsh of Fredericktown, Cecelia McGregor and her husband, Joe, of Fredericktown, Virginia Wallace and her husband, John, of Fayetteville, N.C., Sarah Moffat of Charlotte, N.C., William Edwards and his wife, Amanda, of Mobile, Ala., and Haydon Moffat of Charlotte, N.C.; and 13 great-grandchildren – Andrew Walsh, Cole Hamilton, Nicky Hamilton, Alex Balka, Alanna Walsh, Fiona Walsh, Ruth Walsh, Bailey McGregor, Joey McGregor, Malcolm McGregor and Teddy McGregor, all of Fredericktown, Tyler Balka of Houston, Texas, and John Wallace of Fayetteville, N.C. Of his seven siblings, only one survives, sister Ruth Bomestar of Canton. He is also survived by Ruth’s brother, Richard Shafer of Canton, Ohio, and many nieces and nephews, all of whom he adored.

He was preceded in death by siblings Leroy Moffat and his wife, Bertha, R.J. Moffat and his wife, Virginia, Jean Moffat Woodside and her husband, Bill, Gladys Moffat Harper and her husband, Russ, Anna Lee Moffat, and Jim Moffat and his wife, Foo (Margaret). He was also preceded in death by Ruth’s brother, Robert Shafer, and his wife, Janet, and Richard’s wife, Christine.

Calling hours are from 11am to 1 pm on Sunday, September 29 with a service to celebrate his life at 1:00 pm at Snyder Funeral Home, 33 E. College Street, Fredericktown Ohio. Immediately following the service, burial will be at Forest Cemetery. The family invites you to gather for a meal at a Taste of Country at 128 High Street in Fredericktown following the burial.

How much joy did he derive from bonding with his family to cheer on the Indians? Malcolm will be buried in a Cleveland Indians jersey.

A gift in Malcolm’s memory can be made to Knox County Humane Society, 400 Columbus Road, Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050.

Malcolm’s daughter, Kim, and her husband, John, provided patient, loving care after Malcolm and Ruth relocated to Mt. Vernon from North Canton to be closer to family. The family expresses deep gratitude to the staff at the Country Club Retirement Campus for the kind, loving care they provided Malcolm, often bringing a smile to his face. Deepest thanks, too, to the Capital City Hospice caregivers and the staff at the Living Center in Mt. Vernon. Special appreciation and thanks to Randi, Brittany, Veronica and Jeni for their loving care in Malcolm’s final moments.

Life’s truest rewards…..Back in the day, Malcolm was a longtime member of Greentown United Methodist Church and then Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton. He grew a huge garden that helped feed his family and friends through untold hours spent planting, weeding, harvesting, canning and preserving its bounty. His schedule allowed him to do most of the cooking, which Ruth (and the kids) gladly welcomed. He taught his family the value of hard word by example, not words. He had a kind heart and a great sense of humor. He was always quick to tease with his dry wit. He always made us smile. He was a great man. He was dearly loved and will be missed.

Snyder Funeral Homes in Fredericktown is honored to serve the family. Online condolences can be shared at

  • I am so sorry for your loss…. He was such a great man and always so welcoming to me even though I was just neighbor girl. You all are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

    Laura Grace

  • Sending love and condolences. We knew and loved Mal in his later years living in our quiet neighborhood of North Canton. Our greatest memories will always be of sitting out on summer evenings, talking and laughing with Mal and Ruth. We always knew that it was time to go home for Mal when the Indians were about to begin. May God bless Mal and your family.
    Much love,
    Dean, Traci, Benjamin, and Caroline Langfitt

  • To Kim, John and your family, We are sorry for your loss and you are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Speed Malcolm!

    Beth & Tom Phillips

  • It was a great pleasure to get to know and care for Malcolm and my dearest sympathies to Ruth and all the family.

  • To Kim and your family, So Sorry for your loss, great memories and a legacy of a family left behind to carry on. Rest in peace the pain is gone. God Bless you all. Ron and Tammy Orsborn

  • I will miss this man so much. I only knew him for a short time, but I am forever grateful for the time I did have with him. My deepest sympathies to his loved ones. Thank you for sharing him with us!

  • Our deepest condolences from all of us in the Falduti family who knew & spent many happy moments with Malcolm during his visits to Charlotte. We pray that the strong family bond which is Malcolm’s legacy will give you comfort.

  • Ruth, I sat behind you in church and always enjoyed seeing you and Malcolm there. So sorry for your loss. He was quite a family man and loving husband and father.

  • Kim and family,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sounds like he was a wonderful, hard working man. May you have pleasant memories of him.

  • Malcolm’s faith informed a positive outlook to adversity and uncertainty which carried us all along with him. He loved life and family and has graduated to eternal life

  • Ruth,
    I am so sorry to hear of Malcolm’s passing. May you be wrapped in love by those around you and may the joy in reminiscing over the memories of your time together carry you forward.
    Love and peace, Candy Engle (Helen’s daughter, Mary’s niece)

  • To Kim, John and Family –
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. It sounds like you have many happy memories that you can reflect on to help as you adjust to the loss. – Bill & Jan Mast