James F. Moorhead

James F. Moorhead, age 76, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital, with his wife and daughter by his side.

Born in Berwick, PA, Jim was the son of the late Fred H. and Elinor (Keck) Moorhead. He served his country proudly in US Air Force. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Delaware and worked as a business analyst for the DuPont Company and All States Design.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Thomas L. Moorhead.

Jim was born with the gift of a phenomenal sense of humor.  He was perceptive and sharp witted, and always up for a joke.  His ability to “act nonchalant” was unparalleled. Those of us closest to him all have stories to support that. 

He was a kind, gentle, loving man, and fiercely devoted to his wife and family.  Jim always “did the right thing”, even if it meant questioning or breaking a rule.  He never let anyone down, and was the most dependable and thoughtful man we’ve ever known. His life was lived giving to others.

If you couldn’t locate Jim, he was most likely outside.  He could be found strolling through the neighborhood, trimming a tree, sitting on his bench or chair by the garage, or sitting in the grass pulling weeds.  He liked to entertain himself by tugging on “Creeping Charlie” to see if he could get a strand longer than the last.  Being outdoors was always his “thing”.  In the past, he used to go golfing with his dad and brother (Lizey), metal detecting with his neighbor “Big John”, and fly fishing with his neighbor and good friend, Ken.  After they passed, he retired from those activities.  When his daughter was growing up, Jim would wake her up early on the weekends to go walking, or take a ride to some unknown destination.  Oftentimes, other family members were recruited to join in on the excursions.  Many memorable and life shaping adventures were had. 

Jim and Joan loved spending vacations in Ocean City, MD, enjoying walks along the seashore, taking short trips to Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge, and watching the fishing boats go out and come back in with their catches.

Jim was exceedingly proud of his grandsons. They are fortunate to be blessed with his sense of humor and good looks, as he would say.  He loved them limitlessly, and they will always carry that with them.  They all loved spending time with him, and if they couldn’t be with him in person, someone always had Poppop on Facetime.  He taught them many things, but the greatest lesson was his unconditional love.

Unfortunately, Jim’s past few months were spent suffering.  His last gift to us was his open heart surgery.  We all wanted him to stay, but that wasn’t in the cards.  We would like to thank all of his caregivers who were so dedicated and treated him with compassion.  Jim is now at peace and hurts no more, and for that we are grateful.  His spirit and memories will live on through all of us.  If you wish to honor him, laugh, be kind to one another, and take care of animals and nature.  If you wish to find him, simply go outside. 

Jim will be dearly missed by his wife of 16 years, Joan (Swierzbinski) Moorhead; his daughter, Adrienne (Moorhead) Horsey of Wilmington; his grandsons, Jacob, Logan and Zachary Horsey; his sister, Mary Ann Lilley (Bob); his sister-in-law, Sharon Moorhead; nieces, Stacie Zdrojewski (Tony), Tanya Godsey (Scott), and Cherie Moorhead; nephew, Don Moorhead (Megan); great nieces, Alison, Ella, and Molly; great nephews, Anthony, Jake, Tyler, and Austin; and his favorite granddog, Bruce. 

Funeral services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN  38105.

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Submitted by Cindy Johnson on
My heart goes out to Joan, Adrienne and Jim’s family. Jim was one of the kindest and funniest men l have ever known. He made the world a better place and I will never forget him.

Submitted by Pat Barbarita on
My husband Bob loved seeing Jim on the street of the neighborhood, starting a conversation, and moving to sit down in Jim's front yard. The two of them solved many of the world's problems. He was a friendly face walking often in the neighborhood. We both loved his sense of humor and will greatly miss him.