Moore William Peregrine, 93, died peacefully at home on Sept. 5, 2020 at the age of 93. Born in Oak Park on Sept. 18, 1926, the son of Moore McConnell Peregrine and Ruth Ann Peregrine (nee McGinley), he volunteered for duty with the U.S. Air Force and served in Europe 1945 to ’46. His service inspired a lifelong love of aircraft and flying.
He became a partner in his father’s law firm in 1955 and worked as an estate and trust attorney in Chicago and River Forest until his retirement. He moved to Frankfort, Michigan in 1997 and spent many of his retirement years working as a National Park Service volunteer at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. One lasting contribution was his restoration of a classic wooden Whitehall rowboat named the “Mary E.”, now on exhibit at the National Lakeshore’s maritime museum.
Moore married Marilyn Miller in 1948 and they had a son, Jay William, and a daughter, Debra Lynn Callahan. Marilyn died in 1958 and he married Josephine Neal in 1959 and her son, Michael William (Suzanne) became his own. With Josephine he had two more sons, the late Christopher Randall (JoAnne) and Peter Neal (Anne). Josephine died in 2004.
He is survived by his four remaining children and eight grandchildren. He was a lifelong member of the Congregational church, a tireless volunteer and fundraiser for myriad civic organizations, and a passionate outdoorsman. He was joyful and full of humor to the very end.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Moore may be sent to the Grand Traverse Land Conservancy.