Sunday, 18 May 2008

John Wentworth Moody, 1923 - 2008

British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa founding member and first Director of Education and Queries, John (Jack) Moody passed away on the evening of Friday 16 May. He was a Society life member and member of the Hall of Fame.

John Wentworth (Jack) Moody was born and educated in Hamilton, Ontario, and graduated from The University of Toronto with a BSc in Metallurgical Engineering in 1950. He furthered his studies at the Royal Military College of Science, in Shrivenham, England studying electronics and weapons. His military service was as follows: Royal Canadian Sea Cadets 1936-39; RC Signals, NPAM, CA(A), CA(R) 1939-49; RCEME, CA(R) 1949-60. Jack served in Canada, England and NW Europe, taking part in the advance from late 1944 into Germany. He retired to the Supplementary Reserve as a Captain in 1960. His subsequent employment was primarily with Canada Post Corporation, retiring as Director of Engineering in 1978.

Jack Moody was a life-time member of several genealogy and historical societies and Past-President of the Historical Society of Ottawa. He served as Provincial Inquiries Director for the Ontario Genealogical Society, and was both the Inquiries Coordinator and Chairman of the Ottawa Branch. In addition to being a founding member of BIFHSGO, Jack was also a member of the Irish Heritage Association, the Suffolk Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Society of Nova Scotia and the Herb Society of America. Jack's own family research included DOANES, MOTHERSHILL, NELLIS, BARTON, HARDING. BRAINE, BUDD, and MOODY.

(Based on material from Anglo-Celtic Roots)

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