Richard Darryl Moore was born on January 31, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Charles and Marian Moore. Rich, as he was affectionately called, had 3 older sisters: Dorothy (now deceased), Carole, and Connie. Rich graduated from Overbrook High School after which he trained as a motorcycle mechanic in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Rich landed his first mechanic job in Burlington, NJ at Mills Harley Davidson. He was diligent and exacting in his profession. Rich was a victim of a drunk-driver accident while test-driving a bike repair on March 3, 1983. This severed his left arm. Rich remained undaunted and continued to ride once healed. He then became a Road Captain for the Thunderguard Motorcycle Club, Norristown chapter.
Beginning in 2008, Rich earned his 1st black belt in karate, studying under Grandmaster Jeff and Sue Everetts at the International Hosinsul Federation School of Self Defense.in Olean, NY.
God is the only one who can define our purpose on this earth. Humans try through tangible accomplishments typically. We build things, then notify as many as possible. We achieve economic success, then buy the things that communicate it. Sometimes we give. But oftentimes when we do things for others; it is not for that person's benefit but for our own egos and mental resumes.
Anyone who knew Rich, knew that his presence would provide them with gifts of peace, love, encouragement, laughs, smiles cool new ideas, thoughts and aspirations. But the crazy part is, he never knew. If you could ask him one last question and say – do you know how much people adored being around you? He would probably be more bewildered than speechless.
As God is our ultimate judge, we must look at ourselves in our physical presence and decide if we are aiding in his purpose for us, or if we are failing. Richard Moore succeeded. How do we know? The scorecard tells us. Anyone he met in passing, through brotherhoods or friendships, or members of his family were better for having him in their lives. And we are all God’s children. God needed him to do more of that in a greater capacity with Him.
Rich spoke regularly about the pain he could feel in his arm even though it was severed in that motorcycle accident. He said it was like he could feel the pain in the space where the limb was. And it was excruciating. Similarly, that gave him the ability to feel your pain. You will never meet someone who understood your struggle more than Rich – without even saying a thing to him. He just knew. And he cared, maybe more than you did about your own situation. The next time any of us will get close to that understanding of us again is when we get greeted into heaven by the Almighty.
“Cool man” or “cool sister”. You knew his ending phrase. It summed up your talk with him. Always leaving it on a positive note. Your coolest phone call of the day. After you heard “cool”, you knew the rest of the day was going to be okay.
So, you know the example you must meet as you walk the rest of your path before you meet God. As long as we all do what’s really in God’s interest...after you hear Richard Moore say “cool man” or “cool sister” this one last time. We must aim to be more like him, so our true reply to his famous ending phrase can be – cool Rich. See you later.
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