[nfbmi-talk] Sad News of Passing

Terry D. Eagle terrydeagle at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 21 14:47:41 UTC 2014


It is with sadness that I report that Jim Moore, a retired staff member of
the Michigan Commission for the Blind, and in retirement served as a member
of the Commission for the Blind Consumer Involvement Council, passed away on
Tuesday after a long illness.  


During my years as a licensed Business Enterprise Program cafeteria
operator, and an employer of numerous blind persons who were vocational
rehabilitation clients of the Michigan Commission for the Blind, I had the
honor and privilege of a working partnership with Jim to put blind persons
into employment training and meaningful work, and as was the case in those
days, put a paycheck in the hip pocket of a blind person.  While that was a
motto coined by the late Bill Simon, a MCB supervisor, Jim Moore was truly
dedicated to achieving that outcome for clients of the vocational
rehabilitation program, in his position as an employment placement
specialist.  As sadly as the passing of Jim Moore, I have serious
reservations as to whether blind consumers of vocational rehabilitation
services in Michigan will ever encounter the attitude and experience that
persons like Jim Moore brought to and lived out that commitment to real
employment and independence of Michigan blind citizens of that truly starkly
different era in services to blind persons.   


My thoughts and prayers are with Arlene and the family.


The text of his obituary is below. 


James L. "Jim" Moore, Age 78, of Lansing, MI, passed away March 18, 2014. He
was born April 27, 1935, in Detroit, MI, son of Lee and Doris Moore.


 Jim was a 1955 graduate of the Michigan School for the Blind. He wrestled
for his school team and was very proud of playing the clarinet. While at
school he met Arlene, his wife of 34 years. He later became a placement man
for Michigan Commission for the Blind.


 Along with his wife Arlene, Jim is survived by his children, Cindy Martin,
Cheryl (Douglas) Glaser, James (Jan) Degeneffe and Michael (Kendra)
Degeneffe; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Geraldine
(Donald) Hochstetler; and brothers, Richard Moore and Larry (Patty) Moore.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Sherman Lewis and Robert
Moore, and sister Pat Robertson.


The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014, at
the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Interment will take place in
Lakeview Cemetery in Harbor Springs, MI. The family will receive friends
from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday and 1 hour prior to the service time on Monday at
the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, American Heart Association or the
American Lung Association.


Estes-Leadley Funeral Home, 325 W Washtenaw St., Lansing, MI 


 If you would like to send cards to his wife, Arlene, they should be sent

Arlene Moore

3215 W. Mt. Hope AVE, Unit C

Lansing MI 48911


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