WEIRTON - Area residents and public figures are remembering former city Councilman John C. Moore who died on Sunday.
With 20 years of service, Moore retired from Weirton Steel where he worked as a clerk in the blooming mill. He was a member of American Legion Post 10, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Last Man's Club, Fraternal Order of the Moose and past president of the Parent Teacher Association at Cove School.
Moore was a public servant not only to the country as a veteran of World War II serving in the Army as a medic, but also as a councilman for the city of Weirton for 34 years representing Ward 3.
Milton Fabianich, Moore's friend and brother in arms, was involved in the Last Man's Club with him and now is the only remaining member of the group. He said he holds no joy in being the final man, something he did not expect because of serious health problems.
Fabianich said Moore was a brother to him and the two men knew each other for more than 60 years. He said he is at a loss for words.
"I can't believe he's gone," said Fabianich. "I am surely going to miss him."
Another close friend and veteran Ward 4 Councilman George Ash said that he too will miss Moore. He said he knew Moore most of his life and spoke with him just a few weeks ago and he was in high spirits.
"He was a mentor, a patriot and a hero," said Ash. "I am sad to see only one man left in the Last Man's Club. John will definitely be missed by me and my family and my prayers are with him and his family."
Former Mayor Dean Harris also shared some sentiments about Moore.
He said Moore, who served as a councilman under his administration, served the Army admirably. In addition, he said Moore deserves credit for his service to the city and the residents of Ward 3.
"He was a respectful individual, and I hope that one day he will be considered for the Weirton Hall of Fame," said Harris. "He wore Weirton on his sleeve and I believe he is very deserving of being honored for his service."
Mayor George Kondik also served with Moore on City Council for a number of years. He said Moore was a very hands-on councilperson who was always for Weirton and had the best interests of his constituents at heart.
Kondik said Moore was a dedicated public servant and even as soon as six months ago he had concerns about Weirton and opinions about what could and should be done for the betterment of the community.
"His knowledge and involvement with the city is invaluable and he will be missed," he said.
Moore's funeral service will take place at noon today at Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home with the Rev. Marlin Hawley officiating. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, where military services will be provided by the American Legion Firing Squad.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the Hancock County Animal Shelter.