Prue man saved by LifeVest in 2011 dies at 64
BY TIM STANLEY World Staff Writer
Saturday, May 12, 2012
5/12/12 at 5:15 AM
PRUE - Fishing, old Western movies and the annual family reunion baseball game - he always played first base - were among the things Bobbie Moore loved best in life.
Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Thanks to advances in medicine, he was able to experience a little more of all of those things.
In January 2011, the Tulsa World wrote about Moore after he became the first person in the area to be saved by wearing a defibrillator-equipped vest.
Moore went into cardiac arrest during a trip to the grocery store. He was technically dead for several seconds - although he never knew it - before the doctor-prescribed LifeVest shocked him back to life.
Moore, 64, died at his home Monday of a heart attack.
Although he didn't get as many more years as he would've liked, "we got to do some things we otherwise wouldn't have," said his wife of 44 years, Nellie Moore. "We knew he probably didn't have a long time and tried to make the most of it."
A celebration of life for Bobbie Joe Moore Sr. is set for 1 p.m. May 19 at Prue Lake. Mobley-Dodson Funeral Home of Sand Springs handled his cremation.
"Bobbie didn't want anybody crying over him. He said he'd had a good life," his wife said, adding that the celebration will include fishing, swimming and other simple pleasures he loved.
Moore got a lot of attention last year after his remarkable experience with the vest, which contains a defibrillator and detects abnormal heart rhythms. He even drove himself home from the store, only learning later that he'd had a heart attack.
"We know of four other people who were encouraged to get these vests because of Bobbie. He thought that was great," his wife said.
Afterward, Moore was fitted with a permanent device in his chest, combining a pacemaker and a defibrillator. He promptly got busy.
A hardworking shop hand for National Oilwell Varco in Tulsa, where his primary job was steel blasting, Moore was able to go back to work.
More time with family, though, was the most important thing gained. Living with the Moores in their two-bedroom trailer were their grandchildren - five of them, ages 5 to 18.
In addition to conventional fishing, the family enjoyed deep-water noodling. Bobbie usually stayed in the boat, helping haul in the catfish, Nellie Moore said.
His survivors also include a daughter, Cindy Borin; a son, Bobbie Joe Moore Jr.; and three sisters, Emma Moore, Linda Moore and Irma Moore.
Original Print Headline: Heart patient saved by technology used his extra time well
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Bobbie Moore made local headlines in 2011 when the defibrillator-equipped LifeVest he was wearing saved his life at a store. Family members say Moore, who died Monday at 64, made the most of the extra time he was given. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World file