Adam Philip Moore Sr., a longtime Bethlehem Steel Corp. foreman who oversaw the coke ovens there and then, as an environmental consultant, helped dismantle them once the Sparrows Point plant was sold, died of heart failure Aug. 21 in Jarrettsville in his car on the way to play golf. The Jarrettsville and former Parkville resident was 72.
Two years after retirement, Mr. Moore returned to the Sparrows Point plant in 1996 to ensure that hazardous wastes were properly disposed of as the coke ovens were demolished. He worked on the project until his death.
"He's not replaceable," said Andy Youngbar, who now manages the demolition project after working on the coke ovens for 20 years under Mr. Moore. "You just can't replace those 50-some years of knowledge and experience. He was a dedicated and honest employee that gave 100 percent every day."
Mr. Moore was born and raised in Baltimore. His childhood centered on football games and swimming at the local recreation centers in Clifton Park.
He dropped out of school at age 14 to help support his mother. He later earned his high school equivalency degree at City College. Though he never attended college, he later taught a tools and measurements course at Dundalk Community College, which is now a campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.
At age 17, he joined the Navy, training as a machinist in San Diego. He was honorably discharged three years later. He met Paula Vondersmith in Baltimore in 1959, and the pair married a year later.
The game of golf - which he first played in his late 20s - remained Mr. Moore's great passion and a vehicle for his charitable impulses. He started crafting his own golf clubs in the 1980s, donating them to fundraisers and building first sets for his friends' children.
A funeral Mass was offered Saturday at the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
In addition to his wife, survivors include five sons, Adam Moore Jr. and Shane Moore, both of Jarrettsville, David Moore of Cockeysville, Bradley Moore of Parkville and Ryan Moore of Forest Hill; and 12 grandchildren.