Bill Moses

Obituary of Bill Moses

Our beloved William Victor Moses, (Bill to all who knew him) went to be with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 5, 2022, after a long period of health issues associated with a stroke. He was 73. Bill was born on April 20, 1948, in Binghamton, NY. Bill is survived by his daughter Kelly from his first marriage, wife Kathleen (Kate), son Joseph (Joe) and his wife Kerry, brother Ronald, sister Sherryn, three granddaughters and many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family. After serving in the army and returning to NY, Bill had a great opportunity to attend Heavy Equipment School learning to operate machinery and all types of trucks. His entire life from early on was focused on mechanical skills associated with just about any type of engine. Bill was able to repair gas powered lawn mowers as a kid and there was hardly a vehicle, he could not fix himself. His passion and pursuit of work in this field took him south to Florida where his paternal grandparents lived in Clearwater. He moved further south and even to Key West briefly where his grandmother’s roots trace back to 1895. Florida and the sea were in his DNA, as he never lived anywhere else after making Florida his home. An opportunity came along for an over-the-road heavy duty trucking position, a job that brought him back to the Clearwater area. Truck driving is what he loved. Bill met his wife Kate there and was living his dream with the thrill of his truck driving occupation and the pure pleasure of enjoying the sugar white sands of Clearwater Beach. Practically every day off Bill spent fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and couldn’t imagine a better place to enjoy his free time. Bill married Kate and had his son Joe who he devoted much of his time to share with him his love of nature, love of animals, and the joy of a pet dog or two, even a cat at times. Bill loved every creature, big or small. He had tremendous respect for all of God’s creatures. As one of 4 kids, Bill was always trying to bring home a critter, even sneaking it them into the house and trying to hide them. Imagine his mother Rose opening a dresser drawer and a cat or kitten he had stashed there to hide sprung out at her making her shriek louder than the animal! Bill was never without a four-legged furry friend as part of his family. Bill’s road experience took him on long cross-country hauls. It was his desire to operate an 18-wheeler and he was well-loved by so many of his fellow truckers. They all had their own code names (handles). Bill’s handle was TEN SPEED, and he told many stories to his family about his adventures. He was a man with extreme dignity and respect for his fellow truckers, and he would help a stranded driver without hesitation to change a tire, offer a ride, contact road service, even before cell phones were available. Bill always met his next adventure with great enthusiasm knowing he would see new places while fulfilling his assignments. Once he hauled a giant yacht from Florida to a destination that took him across the Brooklyn Bridge in NY, a mistake in the routing by the dispatcher. It was like an episode out of Romancing the Stone when actor Michael Douglas was in Manhattan and this truck hauling a yacht pulls up in front of a building like the scene where he fulfilled a promised to the character played by actress Kathleen Turner that “he would be back for her.” It was not a situation quite as smooth as that because cab drivers and drivers were honking their horns at him. A police officer had to pull up to check it out. Bill showed his delivery instructions and the officer waved him off and all was well again – he didn’t get a ticket! He loved telling that story. His love of fellow and lady truck drivers alike was that unique association and respect that goes with the job, and then, when finished, Bill loved spending what little precious time he had off with family. Bill often took jobs that would keep him closer to home, but the lure of the open road and better pay kept him going back for longer hauls. He landed another great gig where he drove a rig that served as a mobile surgical station to various hospital locations – multiple trips that required him to wear scrubs to take the equipment on and off the truck to the facilities where he delivered. He loved that experience knowing that the surgical equipment he delivered was critical to helping care for people. In between assignments, while at home, Bill suffered a stroke that impaired him from ever driving a truck again. He had to re-learn speech, had trouble swallowing and had mobility issues. He worked hard to regain his speech and to talk coherently, but his mobility did not improve enough to work again, and he had to adjust to a new chapter living as independently as possible. Bill found the perfect location in a senior mobile park where he enjoyed his small garden and welcomed the birds, squirrels, and rabbits. He made each day as special as he could with his favorite music (mostly jazz) and Sci Fi movies. He had several friends among the residents. In recent years, Bill suffered a fall and required surgery followed by a slow recovery. With rehabilitation he challenged himself to walk again and heal enough to get back to his own home and continued to walk as often as he could in his familiar surroundings. Son Joe and his wife Kerry brought Bill another granddaughter into the world, named Savyna. She provided great joy to Bill when they all visited and brought him to their home to see her, he was quite the animated playmate grandfather. While he didn’t have the opportunity to see his older granddaughters grow up, he left several notes expressing his love for his daughter Kelly and her girls Treasure and Victoria. Bill is also survived by his brother, Ron Moses, and his sister, Sherryn Carulli, and family. Bill left notes everywhere to remind him of things and capture his thoughts. One note Bill wrote with bold marker writing was thanking Jesus for giving him time to be with his family and praising Our Lord for all immediate and extended family and the many friends and acquaintances that touched his life. Bill was a proud man who worked hard, reflected on life and was ready for the highway to heaven. .
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