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Mr. John  Isaac  " Papo" Moore

Obituary for Mr. John Isaac " Papo" Moore

May 13, 2021
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


John Isaac Moore, known by many as 'Papo' passed away at age 76 with his family by his side on May 13, 2021 at his home in the Olney section of the city. He was born in Manhattan, New York City, son of Gertrude Nieves-Moore and younger brother to sister Trudy. John grew-up and spent his younger years in New York and upon meeting the love of his life, Diana, the girl from Philadelphia, relocated to Philadelphia at the age of 20 to marry her. John pursued a career in the automotive industry and worked till his retirement from Goodyear as a master automotive technician.
There are many words to describe John - loyal husband, good friend, classic jokester - but all will agree, none is more fitting than devoted family man. His family was the core of his existence and he took great pride in leading his clan. He began his fatherhood journey in 1966 at 21 years old and continued to grow his family, adding an addition almost yearly until 1985. Because of his large family he spent much of his time working, but during his off time, whether at the beach, an amusement park or having a simple backyard barbeque, nothing brought him more pleasure than spending quality time with his family.
John not only cared for his family, but was also a loyal and dependable friend. He was a man's man whom many looked to for advice and direction. With an open heart, hand and ear, he provided honest, practical support to those who sought his guidance. A respected member of his community who exemplified decency and integrity, he was a neighborhood father figure to many of the young. However, prior to being known as the go-to neighborhood dad, John was respectfully known by many of his peers as Brother Isaac, a title that represented a principled man of great character who could be counted on to rise to the occasion as the need arose.
Passionate about music, John was also a lively and entertaining conga drummer. No matter how long or stressful his days were, John always found peace and solace in playing his congas. If ever looking for John you could find him in his dining room listening to his records playing his beloved drums. The sound of his music filled his home with a cool, calm of Latin vibes that inspired imagination and creativity. He had an appreciation and enthusiasm for music that was contagious, sharing this love with all who entered his home.
A decent man with a raw honesty, and a keen understanding of life, John was never shy about his personal struggles and encouraged others to deal head on with their problems no matter the circumstances. A man of great substance and love, John will be missed by many.
Married for 55 years, he is survived by his loving wife Diana. He was the dedicated and proud father of David Moore, Lisa Ruiz, Gina Moore, Caya Moore, Isaac Washington, Chano Moore, Sana Moore( husband Keven Fountain), Nina Bradley (husband Methuselah Bradley, V), the late Juan Moore and Yolanda Moore. John was the loving grandfather to 21 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his devoted and loving sister Gertrude Rodriguez, late brother-in-law Louis Rodriguez (aka Uncle Louis), nephew Anthony Rodriguez and nieces Allison, Sharon and Christina Rodriguez, great nephew Edwin Lorenzo and great nieces Gabriella, Shayla and Kyla Alomar. And host of other relatives and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to John's Life Celebration on Friday; May 21, 2021 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm followed by his Memorial Service at 1:30 pm at the Geitner Givnish of Olney 6230 N. 5th St. Philadelphia, PA 19120. His interment will be private.
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