Chris was the only child of Tom and Val Moore and grew up in Punchbowl, Sydney. He went to Narwee Public School and Narwee Boys High School as a boy and made many life-long friends there. He met his closest friends in Kindergarten and he continued to see them regularly throughout his life. His schoolmates called him “Hordy” as evidently he was quite a hoarder, collecting football cards, drink coasters and other items as a hobby. He later threw all these things out, but the nick-name stuck.
After leaving school and attaining his HSC, Chris joined Sydney Water and spent his entire working life there, a total of 38 years. He made many more wonderful friends there, as his sense of humour, compassion, sense of justice and fair play put him in high regard not just as a peer, but also as a Team Leader and Supervisor. Everybody loved him.
Chris was an intelligent, thoughtful person and attained a Bachelor of Business whilst working full-time for Sydney Water. He enjoyed travelling, both overseas and in Australia and had many wonderful holidays with his family.
Chris enjoyed playing tennis and was a valued member of the local tennis team. He loved playing competition tennis on a Wednesday night but would always hope it would rain during State of Origin rugby league matches! He didn’t like to miss those games.
Chris was a one-eyed Canterbury Bulldogs supporter and had a room full of the blue and white memorabilia. He enjoyed wearing one of his many Bulldogs jerseys and was proud to wear it anywhere. If the Doggies were playing, everything else stopped so that the game could be watched uninterrupted.
In spare time Chris enjoyed pottering in the garden. He was also an enthusiastic reader and always had a good novel or biography on hand. He found the Kindle useful when he got sicker as it was light to hold.
In May 2013, after months of vague symptoms, Chris was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. He battled the disease for nine months with heavy doses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Unfortunately, the disease was too advanced and aggressive and Chris lost his brave battle on 8 February 2014. He was 55 years young.
His greatest passion in life, other than his beloved Bulldogs and close friends, was undoubtedly his family. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife and three children. He was immensely proud of his children and their achievements. He deeply regrets that he won’t be around to see the two eldest children married as both got recently engaged.
Chris will be remembered as a devoted father and husband. His work colleagues will miss his sense of humour and fairness and his ability to maintain a harmonious work environment. As his wife, I miss his hugs, his company and the quiet companionship that we shared. He will never be forgotten.