Al died peacefully on October 22, 2020 at the age of 70 after a two-year battle with cancer.
Al was born to Betty and Ernie Moore in Burbank, California, and attended grade school, high school and community college in the area. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam War and honorably served his country. After the war, Al returned to civilian life and his adventuresome spirit took him around the world as a river rafter, where he gained many lifelong friends. Continuing his need to serve, he joined the Burbank Fire Department and met his firefighting family. He loved his work and helping the community.
While a firefighter, Al married Anne Pugel, and his life was changed forever! Anne brought with her many siblings and Al grew to know and appreciate the chaos of large family gatherings. Anne and Al shared a love of travel and visited many continents in their 31-year marriage.
While Al spent most of his life in Southern California, he and Anne chose to retire in the Pacific Northwest on beautiful Camano Island. His last 14 years were spent traveling the world or hosting family and friends at their home. Whether it was for a casual dinner or a relaxing weekend, there was always room at “The Lodge.”
Al was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Anne, his siblings, Alice Moore Robinson and Art Moore, and a large extended family. He will be remembered as a devoted and beloved husband, son, brother, brother-in- law, uncle, cousin, and friend.
Al may be remembered by donating to Guide Dogs for the Blind at Guidedogs.com or to the Wounded Warriors Project at woundedwarriorsproject.org
Here are some of the comments our classmates have written on Facebook:
Michael Katzman Hung out with him on the elementary school playground.
Karen Walther Berg Such a sweet guy. He will be missed. Condolences to his family.
John Ferguson When I was 7, my family moved from Stockton to Burbank. One of the first people I met while at Emerson Elementary was Al. From then on, he and I were pretty much inseparable. He was my best friend growing up. These last two years have been very difficult for him after his cancer diagnosis. Through it all, his lovely wife Ann was by his side which is no surprise. She is a real gem. I talked to her after Al passed and she said that he went easily. She was supported by her sisters who have been watching over her during this time.I will miss my friend and my deepest sympathies go to Ann, Alice, and the rest of the family.
Deborah Richman I’m so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts are with his family.
Roxanne Lewis We will miss you.
Sorry for the news. Rest peacefully.
Al and I used to fly a boomerang that he had and spent quite a bit of time on the athletic field of John Muir doing so. We enjoyed our time spent together. I never imagined that I would see the day when I read Al’s passing. I knew that he had served with the Marines. I was with the 101s Airborne in Vietnam, as well. RIP brother.
I spent quite a bit of time with Al, staying at the family cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains and at the family beach home as well. Al was an honest to goodness nice guy, even in our youth. I consider his passing a great loss not only personally, but for the over all well-being of society.