John Edwin Moss, 64, of Fredericksburg, passed away on Saturday at his home.
John was born in Roanoke, VA to Dot and Archie Moss on August 14, 1952. He grew up in Blacksburg and received both an Undergraduate Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Virginia Tech. He was an avid Hokie all his life and when his son Brian went to UVA, he proudly told everyone he lived in a house divided.
After obtaining his CPA, the family moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked for Alexander Grant & Co., and subsequently held positions at Reznick Fedder & Silverman, Horning Brothers, RMA, and Ken Thompson & Associates. After several years in Fredericksburg, he joined the staff at the Culpeper Farmers’ Cooperative and was serving Chief Financial Officer for the Culpeper Farmers’ Cooperative.
John loved being outdoors. He was happiest when hiking on trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway, playing golf with family and friends, boating on the Rappahannock River and Smith Mountain Lake, and kayaking in the peaceful morning hours on the lake. In recent years, John became passionate about Virginia wines and often ended his hiking days at a nearby tasting room. He never met a red wine he didn’t like.
John was President of the Gangplank Pointe HOA in Moneta, VA and past President of the River Bluffs HOA in Fredericksburg. He was recently inducted into the Jamestowne Society through the Thomas Rolfe family line. John was a frequent blood donor at the American Red Cross and loved a good Willie Nelson album.
Of all his passions in life, his first love was his family. John looked forward to every family occasion with unbridled joy. His two young granddaughters were the apples of his eye. He savored each role he played: husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, advice-giver, joke-teller, and fixer of everything. John was well-read and quiet by nature but often enjoyed a healthy debate. His family will miss most his generous spirit, his big heart, sense of humor, and on those special occasions, his invitation to come taste the punch – an old Moss family tradition.
Survivors include his wife, Janet M. Moss of Fredericksburg; son John Brian Moss (Jenna) of Carlsbad, CA; daughter Jennifer Moss of Washington, DC; grandchildren Hayden Moss and Scarlett Moss; sisters Dr. Jane Warner of Charleston, SC and Dr. Louise Moss of Tallahassee, FL; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive family and friends at 10 a.m. on Friday at McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive SW, Blacksburg, VA 24060. A graveside service and burial will follow at 11:15 a.m. at Westview Cemetery in Blacksburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to the Shenandoah National Park Trust, 404 Eight Street NE, Suite D, Charlottesville, VA 22902, (434) 293-2728, http://snptrust.org/donate/, or to the American Red Cross (Other – Blood Services), 1-800-HELP-NOW, http://www.redcross.org/donations/ways-to-donate, or a charity of your choice.