Dennis Moore, Sellersville Fire Dept. stalwart

Dennis I. Moore loved fire department.
Dennis I. Moore loved fire department.
Posted: February 27, 2014

Dennis I. Moore, 67, a 50-year member of the Sellersville Fire Department who could be counted on to drive Santa Claus around in a fire truck on Christmas Eve or to flip burgers at a fund-raiser, died Sunday, Feb. 23, of lung cancer at Grand View Hospital, West Rockhill Township.

Mr. Moore, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, was a machinist and mechanic for several Bucks County-area companies.

For the last 15 years, he had worked for Lansdale Amusement of Hatfield as a serviceman. The firm stocks and repairs coin-operated video games, vending machines and jukeboxes in Berks, Bucks, and Montgomery Counties.

But his passion was the Sellersville Fire Department, for which he served as an engineer and driver. In 1993, he was recognized as Firefighter of the Year. He recently received his 50-year badge and was honored with the 2014 Malvin Blackwell Award for distinguished service to the department.

At the annual fire department carnival, he always made hamburgers and french fries. He also participated in the Fire Prevention program, showing children what firefighters do.

With his wife, the former Polly Class, beside him, Mr. Moore made an annual tradition of driving a fire truck, escorting Santa Claus around Sellersville on Christmas Eve.

"We gave out candy canes to the children and biscuits to the dogs," said his wife. "We decorated the truck and everybody waited for us. It was fun."

On its Facebook page, the Sellersville department noted Mr. Moore's death by posting a message and a photo of him standing against a fire truck, smiling.

"It is with a heavy heart that the men and women of the Sellersville Fire Department announce the passing of life member Dennis Moore," the posting read.

An excellent woodworker, Mr. Moore also knew how to work a metal lathe. He built and fixed household items, along with crafting special fire-truck parts, the ones not readily available anymore.

"There wasn't anything he couldn't fix. If he couldn't fix it, it wasn't worth keeping," his wife said.

Mr. Moore enjoyed working in his yard and loved to cook out and grill. He was passionate about any Ford vehicle.

"A no-nonsense 'man's man,' Denny possessed a warm smile, an engaging sense of humor, and a quiet strength," said his wife. He was devoted to his family.

Born in Sellersville, he was a 1965 graduate of Pennridge High School.

Mr. Moore was a longtime member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Sellersville. He also was a member of the American Legion Nase-Kraft Post 255 of Sellersville.

With his wife, he had volunteered at the Lutheran Community at Telford, doing activities designed to engage the elderly residents.

In addition to his wife of 42 years, he is survived by a daughter, Christine James; two grandchildren: two great-grandchildren; a sister; and many nieces and nephews. A granddaughter died earlier.

A funeral service will be held at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Sellersville Fire Department, 2 N. Main St., Sellersville. A visitation starts at 6 p.m. Interment is private.

Contributions may be made to the Sellersville Fire Department, Box 315, Sellersville, Pa. 18960.


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