William Craig Moore, Jr., a Toledo police officer of nearly 33 years known for his calm and gentle personality, died on August 27 at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. He was 55.
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and multiple myeloma in November, said his wife, Andrea Moore.
Mr. Moore, who had his middle name, was born on September 10, 1965 in Toledo to William, Sr. and Irene Moore. He grew up in central Toledo, the same area he patrolled for many years after joining the Toledo Police Department in September 1988.
“He knew people very well,” said Mrs. Moore. “It was something he liked and they respected him. He talked to them like they were his friends, his neighbors.”
Pastor Perry Waddell, his best friend and former fellow officer, said Mr. Moore was always steadfast, slow to anger, and ready to give advice and advice to those in need.
“I named him ‘Big Baby’ because he was a big man, but he was a gentle giant,” said the pastor. “He was such a humble, meek man … He knew when to turn on, when to be physical, when to slack off, and he would be who he was in an instant.”
Mr. Moore’s infinite patience was his gift, said Pastor Waddell. His behavior influenced others around him.
“I got a little excited, a little excited, and he put his big hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Hey man, are you good? I got you,'” the pastor said. Younger officers “absolutely looked up to him. Craig would set up what the job was about. He would advise them not only through conversation but also through his behavior.”
He originally enrolled at the University of Toledo to study engineering and worked as a manager at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. There he met Pastor Waddell, who worked there as an off-duty security officer. When the men met, Mr. Moore decided to apply to the police.
“He had an interest in young people,” said Mrs. Moore. “He loved working with young people and they saw him in the community, which made an impact.”
Mr. Moore and Pastor Waddell bonded most closely when they served as school resources officers, then both became detectives. The pastor said that Mr. Moore’s reputation in the church over the years has resulted in many people expressly asking to just speak to him, even to be arrested by him.
“He did what he had to do, but even then he treated her with respect,” said Pastor Waddell. “Even criminals respected him, even after he arrested them.”
He always looked beyond a person’s actions and immediate circumstances, looked for the reasons someone was in trouble, and tried to remedy those reasons.
“When we see action, we need to overlook the action and see that there is a problem,” said Pastor Waddell of Mr. Moore’s approach to the assignment. “This person needs help that goes beyond what we see. If we can get to the root of the problem, we can change that person’s action or character.”
Ms. Moore, who was an emergency number for 19 years, said their relationship was built on her beliefs that kept her grounded during troubled times.
“He was a complete human being who loved God and was always anxious to share the word of God with people,” she said. “And he was a comedian. He just had a way of making you smile no matter what, especially when you were on the floor.”
Not least because of this, he was nicknamed “Chumly” at St. Francis De Sales High School, which he graduated in 1983.
“He was everyone’s buddy, everyone’s buddy,” she said. “He never met strangers.”
Pastor Waddell said Mr. Moore’s character had never changed. He was the same person everywhere, no matter who he met or what he did.
“It wasn’t a show, it wasn’t an act,” said the pastor. “The uniform didn’t change the man. The uniform just gave him more opportunities to do what he focused on, helping people.”
Mr. Moore was a deacon, superintendent of Sunday School, and a choir member in Inspirational Baptist Church, then a deacon, trustee, Sunday School teacher, and finance committee liaison at Mount Zion Church of Christ Holiness, where Pastor Waddell preaches.
Travels, often with friends, across the United States served the Moores as regular refuge. Mr. Moore was also fond of golf and often found a place to visit when traveling.
He leaves behind his wife, whom he married on April 16, 1988; Sons Trevor and Joshua Moore and mother Irene Moore.
The family welcomes guests to Newcomer Southwest Chapel, 4752 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. The funeral begins at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home, led by Pastor Waddell.
A live stream of the service will be available online at view.oneroomstreaming.com.
This is a message from Alexandra Mester. She can be reached at [email protected].
Published by The Blade on September 4, 2021.