PLEASANTVILLE — Officers remembered the late Chief Paul Wellington Moore Sr. as a man who was well liked, had a great sense of humor and a good way with people.
Moore died unexpectedly Aug. 26 at age 74.
He was police chief in the late '90s.
“Well, I remember I came on the Police Department in the mid-70s, and I worked with Paul on the street,” said former Chief A.J. Hill, 79. “Paul followed me through the ranks.”
Hill said Moore was a big guy, 6 foot 3 inches tall, and plus sized. He had “good street smarts and a good way with people.”
Moore followed Hill up the ladder, becoming a detective, lieutenant and captain before becoming chief.
At Hill’s retirement dinner, he had permission to make a special announcement.
“In fact, I did what I could to make sure he got promoted,” Hill remembered. “At my retirement dinner, I had permission to announce he would succeed me.”
Hill said Moore was a great golfer.
“He could have gotten a pro card,” Hill said. “He started out as a caddy. He stayed with golf. He was obsessed with it. He would live, breathe and eat golf.”
Police Capt. Frank X. Balles, the former Atlantic County sheriff, joined the Pleasantville force in 1986 and remembered working with Moore.
“He was a sergeant back then,” Balles said. “He was always a gentleman to everybody, both the public and the Police Department. I really liked dealing with him.”
Balles said Moore followed the directive of Chief Ralph Peterson, who emphasized working with the public.
“He did a ton of youth stuff,” Balles said. “He was a big PAL proponent.”
Chef Sean Riggin agreed.
“He was just ahead of the curb with that stuff,” Riggin said. “Intuitively, we know you can’t disconnect the police from the community.”
Riggin said Peterson had made it a requirement that police officers engage the community.
“Moore knew intuitively that was the right way to do things,” Riggin said.
Moore represented the old Pleasantville when everybody came from big families, Riggin said.
“You were able to speak to a couple of people who spoke to everybody else,” he said. “He was one of those guys. Everybody knew who he was. He got called chief until the day he died.”
Balles said he had his own special memory of Moore.
“I close my eyes and remember his laughter and the innocent smile,” Balles said. “His smile was unbelievable.”
Moore was born Aug. 13, 1942, and was the youngest of the six children of Pastor Elias and Evangelist Louise Moore. He lived in Pleasantville and Atlantic City.
He attended Atlantic City schools and Atlantic Community College.
Moore also worked for the Atlantic City Expressway, Seaview Marriott and FAA Tech Center.
He married Floretta Aikens on Nov. 22, 1969, and they had five children together.
Moore was predeceased by his wife, Floretta; parents, Elias and Louise Moore; son Delmar Moore Sr.; siblings Augustine, James, Ernestine, Geraldine and Valerie.
He is survived by his children Paul Jr. and Richard, of Pleasantville, Devin (Deserae) and Andrea, of Egg Harbor Township, and Darielle of Brigantine; sisters-in-law Loretta, Jojuan, LouAnn and Essie Aikens; paternal nephew, Jamil Ali; and brothers-in-law, Clarence, Barnett and Troy Aikens.
In addition, Moore is survived by 17 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and a host of cousins and friends.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Shiloh Temple Apostolic Cathedral, 505 Madison Ave., Atlantic City, where friends may call from 9 a.m.
There will be no final viewing.
Burial will be in Atlantic City Cemetery, Pleasantville. Arrangements are entrusted to the Greenidge Funeral Homes Inc., Atlantic City, where condolences may be left at greenidgefuneralhomes.com.