Bud Moore was a musician and a landscaper. While still in high school in Winston-Salem, N.C., Bud played in many adult bands -- too young to drink in the bars but already an accomplished bass and guitar player with a mellifluous voice. He joined world-famous musician Bo Diddley's band and toured Europe with him in the 1970s. His music took him from North Carolina to New Mexico and California before returning to his Winston-Salem home. From there, he set out for Belize, intending to make his home there, fulfilling his passion for Mesoamerica and Mayan history. When he returned to the U.S., Bud chose to live in Key West.
He played bass with the Carl Peachey Band at Captain Tony's for the last eight years as well as created some very beautiful gardens around town, including at the Angelina Guest House. Besides music and horticulture, Bud was passionate about car racing, history, geography, biology and archaeology. He was a master raconteur and always had a great story or a joke to tell. He was also a songwriter and a fine artist. Bud made friends of everyone he met and his special friends, who knew him well, mourn his loss in February 2010.