The Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) desired to pay their respects to the family of former Calvert County Commissioner, Michael J. Moore (known by most as Mike).
Michael J. Moore was born February 4, 1948, in Prince Frederick, Maryland. At the age of 12, Mike and his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he graduated from Baltimore City College High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at 19, where he served in the Vietnam War and was awarded the U.S. military decoration, the Purple Heart.
After serving in the Army, Mike began a 45-year career with the CSX Railroad, but Mike would not stop there. With his entrepreneurial spirit, Mike decided to attend barbering school and began working part-time in the industry. Along life’s journey, Mike married Sheila Council and has two daughters, Nicole and Michele. In 1977, Mike opened his barbershop, Mike’s House of Style in Prince Frederick, Maryland.
In 1979, the family moved from Baltimore, Maryland to Prince Frederick, Maryland, To expand his knowledge, he furthered his education by attending the Community College of Baltimore to major in Business Administration. He expanded his barbershop to include a hair salon which led to opening a beauty supply store called NicShel’s as a namesake to his two daughters. Mike was a business risk-taker and decided to open a seafood carryout and a Cingular Wireless store. Mike’s passion to encourage and help others to be their best and his love of business did not stop with him and his family. Over the years he mentored and inspired others in their pursuit of self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship.
In addition to business, Mike had a heart for the people within the community of Calvert County. He was the first African American elected official in Calvert County where he served from 1990-1994. After his work as Commissioner, he continued to serve the community on the board of local nonprofit organizations and as a veteran member of the American Legion Gray Ray Post 220. As a longtime member of the Concerned Black Men of Calvert County board of directors, he was particularly passionate about mentoring and empowering black youth on a pathway to success.
Mike was a founding member of the Calvert County Minority Business Alliance. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce. Recently, Mike served on the Calvert County Housing Task Force. He held positions as the Vice President of the NAACP. He was an active member of Brooks United Methodist Church where he served as a Deacon and sang in the Men’s Choir. Most recently, he also served at Calvert County Baptist Church.
He loved fishing and cooking crabs. As a lover of music, he loved to sing and dance. He would sing along especially to Gospel, R&D and Jazz. He always initiated family time and would never miss the opportunity to join the kids in some fun family line dancing. He showed up effortlessly to support his daughters and grandchildren at every opportunity available.
Michael J. Moore completed his earthly journey on December 16, 2020. He leaves a legacy of love, faith, hard work ethic, entrepreneurship and genuine care for the people of Calvert County.
It was proclaimed on January 5, 2021 by the Calvert Board of County Commissioners that the memory of Michael J. Moore, be honored by the citizens of Calvert County for the contributions and commitment he made to Calvert County. The BOCC further proclaimed that all citizens join with Michael’s family and friends in recognizing his years of tireless and honorable leadership, professionalism, friendship and compassion.