Robert Moore Jr. told fellow mourners that, as a kid, he liked to sit next to his father in the car, figuring it was the safest place. His father remained true to that image, Robert Moore Jr. said, when before he died, he defended Nancy Moore against his killer until his grandson, Jamie, appeared on the scene.

St. Bartholomew’s Church was filled with mourners on the morning of Nov. 7, as the family of Robert Moore Sr. and many in the Needham community paid their respects to a man described as a protective father.

Moore was found dead in the basement of his Elmwood Road home on Nov. 2. His daughter-in-law, Nancy Moore, 46, was badly beaten. A contractor working at the house was charged with his murder and his daughter-in-law’s assault.

Robert Moore Jr. told fellow mourners that, as a kid, he liked to sit next to his father in the car, figuring it was the safest place. His father remained true to that image, Robert Moore Jr. said, when before he died, he defended Nancy Moore against his killer until his grandson, Jamie, appeared on the scene.

Chris Moore told those gathered in the church that when his family turned on the car on their way to the church, the song playing on the tape deck was, “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

He read a poem his father wrote almost 30 years ago and gave to people when they needed consoling. The poem spoke of different paths in life and, at the end, referred to the path of eternal life.

In the offering of prayers, the pastor of St. Bartholomew’s Parish, the Rev. Philip E. McGaugh, noted the Moore family wants people to pray, “that Jesus’ presence be with the Dunn family.”

William Dunn, 41, stands accused of the murder and beating.

Mary Moore delivered her father’s eulogy.

“It was a blessing to live in a household with such a loving father,” she said.

Mary Moore described growing up in the Moore house, in which her father, who was usually the first one up, gently woke family members with a cup of coffee in hand, a weather report and often, a gentle kiss on the cheek.

“I love you dad and I’ll see you soon,” Robert Moore Jr. said as he finished his remembrance.

Steven Ryan can be reached at sryan@cnc.com.