In Memoriam : Conner Moore

Conner Moore Conner M. Moore - age: 82
(June 24, 1938 to December 26, 2020 )
Resident of Saco, Maine

Visitation Information:
A private service will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2021 and a public service will be held when it is safe to do so.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to either the Saco Food Pantry, 67 Ocean Park Road - P. O. Box 246, Saco, Maine 04072 or Sweetser Children’s Services, 50 Moody Street, Saco, Maine 04072.

Obituary:
Saco - Conner Moore passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, December 26, 2020, in the company of his loved ones.

He was born on June 24, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan, to Jane and Robert Moore. The family moved to Larchmont, New York after World War II, and he graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1956, Dartmouth College in 1960, and Cornell Medical School in 1963. He went on to an internship at Boston City Hospital, at which time he met a nurse from Canada, Wendy Budge, who would become his wife of fifty-six years.

Conner then served in the United States Air Force at Andrews AFB from 1964-1966. It was there, at the request of the military who were minting new specialists out of necessity, that he became a pediatrician. He did his final training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Weary of urban life, he moved his family to Saco, Maine, where would live the rest of his life. He joined a small group practice in 1968 and went solo in 1978, converting a snowmobile repair shop in Biddeford into a doctor's office with his own hands.

Over the course of his forty-year pediatric career he witnessed the eradication of many diseases and a substantial decrease in harmful outcomes. He was fascinated by these changes, by the demographic and cultural changes around him, by medicine in general, and especially by the peculiarities of rural living. He wrote it all of it down in his 2010 autobiography From Black Bag to Blackberry, with stories ranging from the horrors of leukemia to the comedy of urine samples gone wrong. Indeed, one of his favorite parts of medicine was not knowing who or what would walk through his door on any given day.

Conner was also a physician for Sweetser’s Saco campus and Thornton Academy, where he relished his position as the football team’s doctor. He helped open a clinic in Terrier Rouge, Haiti, and served as the Medical Staff President at Southern Maine Medical Center. Among the numerous awards bestowed upon him, he was proudest of his 1984 Caregiver of the Year from SMMC, as he was not employed by the hospital at the time.

Long after these accolades and titles are forgotten, Conner will be remembered for his tireless desire to help people in any way he could: comforting terminally ill children, pursuing and diagnosing obscure conditions, saving lives in the emergency room, and administering hundreds of thousands of check-ups. And long after those details are forgotten, he will be remembered for having treated his patients and their parents in a gentle, compassionate, wise, and humble fashion.

Although Conner spent most of his days caring for sick children and serving the community, he did leave time for hiking, fishing, reading, gardening, or simply watching a Red Sox game. He is survived by his wife Wendy, his sons Christopher, Michael, and David, and his beloved grandchildren Alice, Henry and Annabel.








Eileen Pastorelli - December 29, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
Dr. Moore was amazing! I found him fascinating how he worked through processing a challenging diagnosis. Quiet and mumbly, but always spot on! Such a gift to the pediatric world. Fond memories. I felt blessed to have met Dr. Moore. My condolences to all of you. Eileen Pastorelli



Charlene Rossignol - December 29, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
My deepest sympathy for your loss! I will always remember Dr Moore as a kind and gentle man who loved children. My prayers are with you, Wendy, and the family.



Chris Koutalidis - December 30, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
Whenever I think of a person that helped so many in a humble and caring way, I think of Dr. Moore. Truly a role model for us all. Prayers of peace for his family.



Chris Koutalidis - December 30, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
Whenever I think of a person that helped so many in a humble and caring way, I think of Dr. Moore. Truly a role model for us all. Prayers of peace for his family.



Sally Simpson - December 30, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
Dr. Moore was so kind and caring and I was so fortunate to have worked with him for many years at SMMC . My condolences to you Wendy and the family.



Rene Menard - December 30, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
All of us at Thornton Academy mourn the passing of Dr. Conner Moore. For 40 years, he was our school physician and the doctor on the sidelines of every TA football game. We are grateful for his many years of service and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.



Rene Menard - December 30, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
All of us at Thornton Academy mourn the passing of Dr. Conner Moore. For 40 years, he was our school physician and the doctor on the sidelines of every TA football game. We are grateful for his many years of service and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.



Jessica Stanley - December 30, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
To say that Dr. Moore was one of a kind is an understatement! He treated me from birth until I was too old, and he treated my son while we lived in Maine. As a child, the second you heard his voice, you felt better. There was a remarkable level of reassurance carried in his quiet mumbles, and he was always correct in his diagnosis and care. He would briefly go off topic, telling you about his own child or grandchild, throw in a chuckle and then back to business. How many kids can say they love going to the doctors.. I can only say that I have never found anyone that compares to him. To this day, a mother of 4, nearly 40 years old now, I still love and admire him very much. You led a full, admirable life, Godspeed to you Dr. Moore. Sending love and prayers to all who loved and adored you.



Edward McGeachey - December 30, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
Dear Wendy and Conner's family and friends. I first met Conner at Sweetser Children's Services in the early 1970s on a day that he was performing medical evaluations for some of the children. I was a young social worker who was immediately impressed with Dr. Moore's care, thoroughness and kindness. As I got to know Conner, he expressed concern that the patients in his practice, and those of his partners, Drs. Maury Ross and Lyman Page, did not have better access to clinical social work services. He and his partners invited me to privately provide those services periodically at their office and in the homes of patients. I greatly enjoyed these interactions with the patients and clinical team of the practice. In 1976 I moved on to the role of Director of Social Services at Webber Hospital. In that role, I participated in the care of Conner's patients in the hospital setting. Within a year, or so, it was my privilege to move into the role of Assistant Administrator of the hospital. In that role, and again 11 years later as President and CEO of Southern Maine Medical Center, it was my honor to work closely with Conner as an influential Medical Staff leader, including President of the Medical Staff, Chief of Pediatrics and the chair of numerous medical staff committees, including the Executive Committee. I also benefited greatly from Conner's sage advice, support and friendship. Conner was among the handful of most respected and well-liked physicians on the Medical Staff and in the community. I remember well the event at which Conner's practice was honored by MaineHealth for his role in the Raising Readers program. Conner's advocacy for the resources necessary to provide the very best care for newborns and children of all ages was legendary. Conner received the Southern Maine Health Care Caregiver of the Year Award on the strength of nominations from employees throughout the hospital. When he retired, employees spontaneously organized, and donated to, a bench to recognize his service to the hospital and community. Shirley's and my three children received the very best of care from Conner throughout their childhoods. He was our "rock" when our younger daughter was born with a cleft palate, steering us to expert physicians in Portland and Boston for two extensive surgeries. Conner lives on in the hearts of all those patients for whom he cared, particularly those whose lives he saved, and their parents. And, he lives on the hearts of all of us who had the privilege of knowing Conner and benefited from his caring friendship and support. His was a life well lived and the world is a better place because of him. With great respect, Ed McGeachey



Jeannie Grant - December 30, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
Dr. Moore was pediatrician to my two children in the 70's and 80's. He was one of a kind - the best doctor you could ever hope to find for your children. He was exceptional and calm and reassuring and knew his business in every way. Loved him and he will be sorely missed.



Marc Lamontagne - December 30, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
Deepest sympathies for our loss. May our memories of his life comfort all who knew him. Rest peacefully Dr Moore



Tom Nelson - December 30, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
Chris and family my sincere condolences And prayers for peace as you celebrate your Dads life Coach



Maureen Redmond - December 30, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
Dr. Moore was one of the very few physicians I trusted without question.....We were truly blessed to have him care for our children. I can clearly picture his kind, compassionate eyes....He will never be forgotten....an icon in this area for his profession......Thoughts and prayers to the whole family.



Karen Gervasoni - December 30, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
Dr. Conner Moore saved my son's life in 1999. My 7 month old infant had been seen in the emergency room at Maine Medical Center on a Friday afternoon, was treated and sent home. Saturday morning he still was not himself, so I took him to Dr. Moore who was the pediatrician on call, not even my son's regular pediatrician. Dr. Moore immediately noticed indications of bacterial meningitis, picked my son up and carried him to the SMMC ER where he struggled to insert an IV to provide lifesaving antibiotics. We were transferred to MMC where Cole was treated for two weeks before coming home. Without Dr. Moore's immediate diagnosis and treatment that Saturday morning, my son would not be the happy outgoing 22-year-old he is today. We visited Dr. Moore every holiday season while he was still practicing, to remind him how much he meant to our family. Thank you, Dr. Moore, and rest in peace; we will never forget you.



Mia Richerson - December 30, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
Dr Moore will always carry a special place in my heart....... he was my pediatrician and helped me through to adulthood. He assisted me when I had my first child who was collicky. She was a tough baby- he helped me a lot with her until we got it figured out and she settled down. He called frequently to check in on her- as a new parent this was invaluable. He will forever be remembered so fondly. Godspeed Dr Moore - thank you so much for your kindness, caring and compassion over the years!! My thoughts and prayers are with his family.



Dorothy Bois - December 31, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
So sorry to hear about your dad, Dave. He touched so many of our lives.



James and Evangeline Marines - December 31, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
We are saddened to learn of Dr. Moore's passing. We will remember him as a kind, gentle, and patient pediatrician with our sons, Jonathan and Charles. With our deepest sympathy to Wendy and sons. May his memory be eternal.



Sue Wall - December 31, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
Dr. Moore rode more than once with Portland Wheelers at the September NEPR events in Old Orchard Beach. He was so appreciative of the experience. I have several photos of him aboard the trikes and would be happy to share with anyone from the family. Contact me if you're interested - treasurer@portlandwheelers.org.



Martin Weiss - December 31, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
Wendy, Debby and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and the family on you loss. It is a loss felt by all of us privileged to know Conner; he was a shining light in our lives. You may know that Conner's nickname at Dartmouth Medical School wa s "Chief" reflecting the leadership that he provided for all of us. I was privileged to share time with him at Dartmouth and Cornell; he was a beacon of light for colleagues, friends and patients at every turn. Few people leave such a legacy; he will be missed by all.



Bob Gowen - December 31, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
Dear Wendy,Chris,Michael and David, Conner lived a life that proves heroes live among us.The comments on this page give witness. The support of his family was always a most important part of that heroism.He carried your love with him every day. Blessings and love, bobby



Celine Champagne - January 1, 2021Contact this person Contact this person
My condolences to the Moore family. As Mr. McGeachey put it, "His was a life well lived and the world is a better place because of him." You can't ask for a better legacy than that. I can't wait to read his book.



Beth Ahmida - January 8, 2021Contact this person Contact this person
Good evening, I am deeply saddened to read in the Courier about the passing of Dr. Moore who was the most amazing gentleman and pediatrician to our two kids, Haneen and Zachary Ahmida. Haneen, now 22 years old, and Zach, now 20 years old, were so lucky to have such a kind and knowledgable pediatrician to care for them from birth until adolescence (or at least until Dr. Moore retired). I still remember cold-calling his office to arrange an “interview” with Dr. Moore to be our family’s pediatrician. When we met, I was as huge as a whale, and nine months pregnant with Haneen. Although a vice president of TD Bank (formally Peoples Heritage Bank) at the time, I was tongue-tied and completely out of my element. Dr. Moore graciously spoke the whole time telling me what I needed to know, and I walked away without a doubt in my mind that this was the doc for our new baby girl. When Haneen was not even a week old, I had to call Dr. Moore in the middle of the night, scared that she wasn’t eating. He ushered me into his office first thing in the morning and took care of my immediate concerns, something I will never forget, and will always be grateful for. When Zach came came along and was diagnosed with roto-virus at two and a half years old, Dr. Moore had Zach spend the night at SMMC, in a crib with an intravenous tube hanging out of his leg to keep him hydrated. My husband, Ali, was out of the country for six weeks, in Libya with his mom who was about to die from cancer. I couldn’t tell Ali that Zach was in the hospital because I didn’t want him to worry. Dr. Moore was extremely kind to me after I spent the night in the hospital with Zach. Again, something I shall never forget. Ali and I have no family in New England. All of Ali’s family lives in Libya, and all of mine live in Oregon and Washington state. For years Dr. Moore quietly focused on Haneen and Zach during their doctor appointments, helping them through all of their childhood aches and pains. They were never life-threatening ailments, but Dr. Moore was always fully engaged in their care. I believe it was after retiring from his office with exam rooms wonderfully painted with animals to delight the children, Dr. Moore and his lovely wife Wendy accepted an invitation to join us for a BBQ dinner on our back deck. We have fond memories of enjoying the evening together. It was the last time we saw both of them but it was a lovely end to a wonderful working relationship and friendship. Ali, Haneen, Zach, and I will never forget Dr. Moore. Please let us know when a public service will be held in the future. Sincerely, Beth Ahmida (207) 590-5961 P.S. I am a regular volunteer at the Saco Food Pantry. Thank you for suggesting a donation.



    
 





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