Dr Andrew “AJ” Moore, 1942–2023

Dr Andrew “AJ” Moore

On 14 June 2023, Dr Andrew J. Moore, in his 81st year, passed away peacefully at Hilltop House hospice in Squamish, BC, surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was affectionately known as “Andrew” to his beloved wife, Pru, and as “Andy,” “Doc,” or “AJ” to family, colleagues, and friends, near and far.

AJ was born in Fife, Scotland, and immigrated to Canada in August 1952 at age 10, settling in London, Ontario. AJ’s academic prowess started early; he earned accolades at every school he attended. While he planned on a career as a fighter pilot, AJ changed direction and graduated from the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Medicine, class of ’66. AJ did his internship in Winnipeg before caring for patients across northern Canada as a medical officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. He concluded his military service at the National Defence Medical Centre in Ottawa and then moved his family to Vancouver, where he completed his residency in urology at Vancouver General Hospital.

AJ established a large and flourishing practice at St. Paul’s and Mount Saint Joseph Hospitals and enjoyed teaching interns and residents as an associate clinical professor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. I was personally privileged to have Andy as my mentor, partner, and friend. Together with the late Dr Zelick (Zeke) Perler, Andy welcomed me into his practice as a young faculty member, and we spent 10 years together managing many interesting, challenging, and satisfying surgical cases. He was a master surgeon and was loved and respected by his patients and all the OR and ward staff members. I don’t know of anyone who ever disliked the man!

Outside of medicine, AJ participated in a wide range of activities, athletic and otherwise. He loved football, golf, and hockey, the latter as a long-time member of the “old-timers” Vancouver Flames Hockey Club, playing in tournaments across Europe and North America. He was a highly accomplished alpine skier, one of the “originals” at Whistler Mountain in the early 1970s, when he would coax his Seville to conquer the winding road from Vancouver, listening to a wide variety of tunes. AJ created deep friendships and fond memories hosting large, wild gatherings at his home, filled with warmth and generosity, and became a well-known member of the West Vancouver and Whistler communities. His home and its backyard oasis became the cherished gathering place for anyone who wanted one, including annual parties for all the urology residents and students, many of whom were newcomers to the West Coast.

AJ is predeceased by his parents, George and Margaret. He is survived by his wife, Prudence; sons, Scott and David, and their mother, Barb; son, Christopher (Daviana); grandchildren, Riley, Maddison, Theodore, and Harper; beloved brother, Jim (Joan); sister-in-law, Jan; nephew and niece, Brad (Carrie) and Andrea (Dean); and their families.

AJ’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Hilltop House hospice for their compassionate and competent care and for making his last days as comfortable and peaceful as possible for him and his family. A celebration of AJ’s life was held at Gleneagles Golf Course & Clubhouse on 20 August 2023.

Dr Andrew Jenkins Moore was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandpa, uncle, loyal friend, teacher, and colleague. His was a life well lived.
—Larry Goldenberg, MD


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S. Larry Goldenberg, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS. Dr Andrew “AJ” Moore, 1942–2023. BCMJ, Vol. 65, No. 7, September, 2023, Page(s) 267 - Obituaries.

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