Oct. 1, 1924 – Dec. 30, 2012
Austin L. Moore, a retired American Airlines pilot, died Sunday in Greenfield Health Care Center, Lancaster. He was 88.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1942 graduate of Depew High School. At age 18, Mr. Moore began piloting airplanes as a member of the Buffalo Bombers. He flew out of the former Gardenville Air Park, now Buffalo Airfield, located on the north side of Clinton Street between Union and Transit roads.
He enlisted in the Navy during World War II and was recalled to duty during the Korean War, during which he flew weather reconnaissance flights.
He was hired to fly commercial planes for American Airlines in 1942. He retired in 1984 after more than 42 years of service with the airline.
Mr. Moore was a member of several pilots’ organizations, including Grey Eagles, American Airlines Vanguards; Tonawanda Creek Model Engineers; Finger Lakes Live Stream; and Aero Club of Buffalo. He also belonged to the East Aurora Driving Society and the New York State Morgan Horse Society.
He was an accomplished sailor and breeder of champion Morgan horses. He also was an engineer of model and live steam engines.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Jean M. McLeod; two sons, Thomas and Timothy; two daughters, Barbara Teplesky and Beverly Ryan; and a sister, Audrey.
Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday in Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., East Aurora.