Danny Moore keeps spirits up at the City of Coral Springs Vaccination Site at Coral Square Mall.

By Sharon Aron Baron

Danny Moore was by his mother’s side during her final days battling cancer when he passed away suddenly.

He was only 43 years old.

Employed for 13 years with the City of Coral Springs, Moore worked as the turf coordinator for the Department of Parks and Recreation.

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A longtime resident of Margate, Danny and his wife Patti met as teenagers while attending Coconut Creek High School. Married in 2001, they lived at the Carolina Club, where Patti worked as a teacher at Margate Elementary – a school she and Danny attended as children.

For 20 years they raised Emily, now a middle schooler at Coral Springs Charter School, and Erin, a senior at Coral Springs High School.

At 30, he began working for the City of Tamarac for five years; however, he returned to Coral Springs until his death on April 28, 2021.

According to Patti, throughout his career, Danny has worked in different city departments and has especially enjoyed working and participating in many city events, including the COVID vaccination site at Coral Square Mall.

He was staying with his parents in Margate the night he died. His mother had pancreatic cancer and Danny wanted to be by her side during her final days.

On April 27, 2021, the hospice nurse told Danny and his father to rest. She would stay by her mother’s side and wake them up if necessary.

In the middle of the night, the nurse woke Danny’s father up because she could tell his mother was near death. however, when his father went to wake Danny up, he couldn’t, calling the nurse and then the fire department for help.

Less than an hour later, her mother died.

According to Patti, Danny died in his sleep after suffering from hypertensive arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, with sleep apnea being a contributing cause.

The last family photo of Danny, Erin, Emily and Patti Moore was taken on Sunday, April 25 at Erin’s 16th birthday party at Top Golf. {courtesy family}

The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that 38,000 people in the United States die each year from heart disease, with sleep apnea being a complicating factor.

“That day my daughters lost their father and grandmother,” Patti said.

Charlie Gumula, Parks and Recreation Administrator for the City of Coral Springs, said Danny was a “great guy with a great sense of humor.” describing him as a hard worker with a good work ethic who wasn’t afraid to step up and take on a task.

“He was part of our turf team responsible for maintaining our sports fields. [He] was proud to make it the best grounds possible.

Friends, Colleagues, Host Danny Moore's 2nd Annual Golf Outing for a Late City Employee

Danny Moore with the City of Coral Springs.

Gumula said Danny was a family man who loved spending time with Patti and the kids and was close to his mother. A few times when the city painted the lacrosse field at Coral Springs High School, he painted his eldest daughter’s jersey number on the field where she was going to play.

“She said it was to embarrass him, but he did it to let her know he was thinking of her and how proud he was to have her playing there.”

Knowing that he loved to golf, Danny’s friends and colleagues wanted a way to honor him and organized the Danny Moore Golf Outing on Saturday September 24, at the Coral Springs Country Club.

Last year saw the first memorial golf outing in her name, with proceeds going to a college fund for their two daughters.

“I’m beyond lucky that the city wants to continue this event until Emily graduates high school in 2027,” Patti said, adding, “I know the team of friends and city colleagues are working to make this year’s event a success, but are still looking for city businesses to be tee sponsors and there are still several places available for golfers.

To become a tee sponsor or play golf on the day of the Danny Moore Golf Outing, contact Sean Lancaster of the Parks and Recreation Department at [email protected] or 954-605-7054.

Danny Moore’s second annual golf outing kicks off at 1:00 p.m. at 10800 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs. The cost of a four person jam is $100 per golfer and includes golf, food, water and prizes.

The Coral Springs Fire Charitable Fund accepts donations on behalf of the Moore Family University Fund. Send checks to the Coral Springs Professional Fire Fighters Association Memo: Danny Moore Golf at 2501 Coral Springs Drive Coral Springs, FL 33065. Attention: Rob Hunter.

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Sharon Aron Baron
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