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Heath S. Moseley, 41, husband of Melissa E. (Greeke) Moseley, of Rockport, MA, passed away at his home on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Heath was born in Landstuhl, Germany, on Dec. 21, 1975. He grew up in the South and graduated from Cumberland County High School in Crossville with the goal of becoming a police officer. In 1994, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served honorably for six years as a military police officer and artilleryman, stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC, and Twentynine Palms, CA. When his parents, Patricia and Jackson Pope, moved to Cape Ann, Heath joined them. He soon met Melissa, who was waitressing at the Blackburn Tavern, where Heath became a bouncer. Heath also worked at Gorton's as a security guard before graduating from the MBTA Transit Police Academy and joining the Gloucester Police Department.
Heath was well known for his kindness to all he encountered and his willingness to help others in need. Having grown up partly in foster care and under the loving care of extended family, Heath always wanted to make others feel loved and secure. Said his brother Eric Moseley, "His heart was so big he could take everyone's problems in and help them."
He brought empathy, compassion, and sensitivity to his police work and, Melissa said, "He would throw caution and protocol to the wind in order to save anyone." He jumped into the water at St. Peter's Town Landing in winter to rescue a fisherman who was suffering from hypothermia and while off-duty he revived an unconscious man.
Heath was also known for his hugs and his ability to make any person, man or woman, feel beautiful, special and important. He taught his mother-in-law how to hug and saying "I love you" to his male buddies came naturally to him.
Heath's greatest joy was raising his four children. He loved to snuggle, laugh and run around with them. He coached his son's flag football team; his daughter's softball team, the Rockport Bandits; and his wife's Dog Bar softball team. He became an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan and enjoyed fishing trips in Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina with his cousin Bryan and his buddies. Nicknamed "Big Country" by the police department for his southern roots, he enjoyed the music of Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Sam Hunt. His karaoke rendition of Sir Mix-a-lot's "Baby Got Back" got the whole room singing and dancing along. He loved movies in all genres, but especially Marvel superhero films such as Captain America, Ironman and The Hulk.
In addition to his wife, Melissa, he is survived by his children, Hayden Moseley of Mansfield, TX, and Madison, Travis and Ryan Moseley of Rockport; his parents, Patricia and Jackson Pope of Colorado; siblings Eric Moseley and wife Valerie of Rockport, David Pope and his wife of Colorado, Jennifer Pope of Florida and Marcus Moseley and his wife Lori of Tennessee; father- and mother-in-law, Peter and Billie Anne Greeke of Gloucester; best friend, Tim Sullivan of Medford; 14 nieces and nephews; many cousins; and countless friends he considered to be family.
Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, MA, will be held on Tuesday, May 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. A graveside service will be held in Beech Grove Cemetery, Rockport, on Thursday, May 4, at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Please omit flowers. Contributions may be made to W.E.L.L. (Wellness Education for Lifelong Learning) at RPS, c/o Rockport Elementary School, 34 Jerden's Lane, Rockport, MA 01966.
Published on May 1, 2017
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