Raymond J. Moore Sr., USCG Veteran

by Maureen Gillum

Raymond J. Moore, Senior (1928 - 2007)

A ‘Ray of light sadly has been extinguished.  Following a massive heart attack, Raymond J. Moore Sr., 79, died on October 17 at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.  Since Moore had nearly fully recovered from a serious stroke in mid-2005, his death was sudden and unexpected. However, his life of service touched many and will be cherished by family and friends.

Moore was a proud American who lived by an exceptional sense of honor and duty to faith, family, community, and nation.  His wife of 55 years, Beverly (Rourke), described him in early 2007 as, “always dedicated to his family and loyal to his country.”

Following in his grandfather (Navy) and father’s (Navy and Coast Guard) military paths, Moore, joined the Coast Guard in 1964.  “I was stationed eight years in Alaska,” he recalled in early 2007, “but my primary home port was Boston, where I served in the USCG’s International Ice Patrol.” 

Since a military transfer in 1966, The Moores called Louise Drive in Litchfield home.  Their children – Ray Jr., Paul, Brian, and Carole — attended Litchfield Elementary School “before it was Griffin Memorial” and graduated from Alvirne High School when the Broncos reigned as New England Soccer Champions.  For years, Ray was a Webelos Scout leader and active in the First Baptist Church and St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.

After 21 years of active USCG service, Ray retired as Chief Petty Officer in 1985.  He went into the insurance business and as chaplain and member of the firing squad for American Legion Post 48 in Hudson.  He also was a member of Hudson Post 5791, V.F.W.;  life member of Nashua Lodge 720, Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, and part of the Bering Sea Patrol.

Like his wife, Morre was an active volunteer at MooreMart.  As the Hudson~Litchfield News reported, the Nashua-based non-profit began as Nashua lawyer Paul S. Moore, and sister, Carole Moore Biggio, sent packages to support their brother, Brian, a former Nashua Christian Academy teacher and Litchfield policeman, and New Hampshire National Guard staff sergeant stationed in Iraq in 2003.

The Moores and the rest of the family jumped in, followed by enormous community support.  To date, MooreMart has sent almost 8,500 personal care packages to U. S. troops in the Middle East and now is gearing up for its major 2007 holiday stocking drive.

“MooreMart is heartening to all and means everything to the soldiers in the field,” Ray Moore said several months ago, “It lets them know people at home support and think of them.”  He also emphasized that it “transcends all politics” and supports “our volunteer troops as everyone should.”  To make a donation contact www.mooremart.org or phone 888-9030.

Clearly, Moore’s service influenced many.  Ray Moore Jr. also served in the Coast Guard while Paul and Brian, served the Army and Reserves.  At 46, Brian was activated with the 237th Military Police Company of the New Hampshire National Guard for his third tour of duty last June,

“Quite remarkably, Brian was able to make it home from Baghdad, Iraq within 20 hours on bereavement leave, just in time for our father’s funeral,” Paul said. 

Moore was born July 19, 1928, in Boston, Massachusetts, son of the late Raymond Seth and Josephine C. (Duffy) Moore.  A graduate of East Boston High School, he also attended New Hampshire College.  He was an avid gardener, reader, and history buff and enjoyed hunting.  In addition to his wife and children, Moore is survived by13 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a sister, in-laws and several nephews and nieces. 

“He was good people — hard-working, selfless and very generous,” daughter Carole said.

“For nearly 30 years, dad marched in every Memorial and Veterans Day parades in Litchfield, Hudson and Nashua,” son Paul said.

One close VFW and Legion friend who marched side-by-side with Ray for most every local parade for almost a quarter century, was Grand Marshall Terry Martin.  “Ray was a non-stop all-American military man with a heart as big as Texas. He’ll be sorely missed in our foxhole.”

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Friend Remembered in Quilt Project

Seated from left with quilt are; Alice Tate, Nancy Burton, Jackie Cantara, Barbara Harmon. Standing from left are; Carolyn von Recklinghausen, Leona Dolloff, Sandy Morency, Sandi Meyerhoefer, and Roberta Prokop. Friends missing from photo are Maryanee Gendron, Shirley O’Meara, and Gerri Paradise.

A group of friends pictured above decided to make a quilt to raffle off with all proceeds going to the Nottingham West Elementary Playground Fund in memory of Joan Lang.

Joan Lang taught for many years at Dr. H. O. Smith and Nottingham West Elementary Schools and retired in 1998.  She passed away in April, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Joan opened her home to friends called the U D'CIDES who met weekly to quilt and chat.  The quilters are all also members of the Hannah Dustin Quilt Guild which meets in town once a month.  The U D'CIDES now meets weekly at Susan’s European Café, and they greatly miss Joan but have many fond memories.  They hope that Hudson children will enjoy, for many years, whatever additions to the playground this fundraiser will make.  Joan was not only a wonderful teacher but a wonderful friend.  Her quilting talent and friendship inspired all of us and she is sadly missed.

The quilt will be on display November 15 and 20 at the schools’ Parent Teacher Conferences.  Any questions regarding this fundraiser can be made to Sandi Meyerhoefer at 883-6286.

Seated from left with quilt are Alice Tate, Nancy Burton, Jackie Cantara, Barbara Harmon.

Standing from left are Carolyn von Recklinghausen, Leona Dolloff, Sandy Morency, Sandi Meyerhoefer, and Roberta Prokop.  Friends missing from photo are Maryanee Gendron, Shirley O’Meara, and Gerri Paradise.

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Campbell Boys Soccer Make Class M Playoffs

by Tom Roye

Senior Jay Vance, and family.

The Campbell boys’ soccer team’s roller–coaster season came to an end on Monday as the Cougars were defeated in the first round of the state tournament.  The 11th seeded Winnisquam Bears defeated 6th seeded Campbell by a score of 5 – 2 in a game played in Litchfield.  With the loss, the Cougars end their season with a record of 11 – 5 – 1.

Campbell came out aggressively with a goal by junior captain Nick Schibly giving the home team the early 1 – 0 advantage.  It didn’t take long for the visitors to counter when a Campbell penalty inside the box led to a penalty kick which Winnisquam senior Danny Rose drove home to knot the game up at 1 – 1.  Campbell keeper Corey Gannon appeared to guess correctly on the PK and just missed saving the shot.  “I dove to my left,” the junior goalie said, “but he just snuck the ball under me.”

Jay Vance, skies for a header.

The two teams battled evenly throughout the rest of the first half until Winnisquam converted a corner kick right before the break.  Junior Justin Soto knifed through the Campbell defense and drove home a header as the Bears grabbed momentum going into the half.

The start of the second half proved disastrous for Campbell as Winnisquam scored only seconds in to grab a 3 – 1 lead.  The Cougars had mishandled a back pass off of the kickoff leading to Winnisquam’s goal.  The visitors continued the press to their advantage, controlling play throughout the early part of the second half.  Their persistence paid off as once again Soto converted a header on a corner kick for a commanding 4 – 1 lead.  Campbell fought hard and closed the deficit to 4 – 2 on a goal by Evan Ordway but Winnisquam responded quickly as Soto completed his hat trick for a final tally of 5 – 2.

As the game progressed, the two squads appeared to be polar opposites in both personnel and style of play.  While Winnisquam fielded a squad featuring eight seniors, Campbell countered with their lone senior, Captain Jay Vance.  On this unseasonably warm day, Winnisquam substituted freely throughout the match while the Cougars, playing without injured mid-fielders Andrew Schibly and Greg Sherwin, were more limited in their options.  The visiting Bears’ offensive style can best be described as “bang and chase.”  The Winnisquam defenders boomed long balls up the field for their speedy strikers, Soto and Rico Santamaria.  Campbell, on the other hand, prefers a more free-flowing attack featuring ball movement and quick touches.

Despite the disappointing ending, the future appears bright for the Cougars.  Campbell will return the keeper, Gannon, leading scorers Schibly, Ordway, and Andrew Cialek, and a host of promising young players who received significant playing time this season.  Senior sweeper Jay Vance will be missed by Coach Emma Okonkwo.  “Jay and I entered the soccer program in the same year,” he said, adding “I feel bad that his career ended this way, after four good seasons.”

Corey Gannon makes a save.

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Dilworth Chosen to Replace Durocher

by Lynne Ober

The transition at Litchfield’s Town Hall is underway.  Cecile Durocher gave her retirement notice and it was reluctantly accepted by selectmen.  After a bit of negotiation, and perhaps a wee bit of gentle arm twisting, Durocher agreed to stay longer than she originally intended.  Chairman Raymond Peeples had reported that he was sitting in her office with a puppy face after she announced her retirement.

Since that time, selectmen have advertised for a replacement and been busy interviewing.  “We had around 50 applicants,” said Peeples.  Selectmen worked together to review transcripts, determine which applicants would move into the interview process, and then completed f inal interviews.

“The Board of Selectmen really pulled together on this process,” said Peeples.  “We have offered the position to Howard Dilworth and he has accepted.”

“Cecile has provided an amazing service to the town,” said Selectman Al Raccio.  “We decided that our goal was not to replace her, but to look for the best candidate with a depth of municipal knowledge and go from there.”

Peeples concurred and said, “Our goal was to find a strong candidate that had a clear understanding of how a town our size runs and Howard certainly fits that.  His knowledge of municipal law, budgetary law and process, and the workings of a town is excellent.  He’s been a selectman in Hudson, so he understands our role and what we need to do to accomplish town goals.”

“I can say nothing but good things about Howard,” said Raccio.  “He’s hard working.  We all recognized that he would be a dedicated contributor.  All of us know that we are losing an employee who has provided 43 years of high quality service.  This will be a change for everyone.  Howard has the skills to make the change with us.” 

“Cecile did a great job,” said Peeples.  “I have no plans to inject any changes at this time.  I am sure that Howard will want to keep the process at a steady state till he is comfortable with them.  Cecile has been the go-to person for a very long time and I am sure that it will take a while to accomplish the knowledge transfer, but at least Howard understands the budgetary process, the balloting process, and is very detail oriented.”

Dilworth has been the Chairman of Hudson’s Budget Committee for a number of years.  He frequently gives seminars in other towns on how to work within the confines of the municipal budget laws and how to work with budget committees.  He has shown great knowledge of the budgeting process.  Dilworth has testified as an expert witness before a number of legislative committees. 

Litchfield is just installing the equipment that will provide e-mail to staff.  A number of technological initiatives are underway.  Peeples said that Dilworth’s background in using technology would be a help.  “One of our goals was for the person who took this position to move forward on our technology front and try to provide more information to the public without adding burden to the staff,” said Peeples.  “We believe that Howard will be able to effectively accomplish that goal.”

Dilworth will have approximately a four-week overlap in the office with Durocher.  “We wanted to ensure that he had an opportunity to work with her and the staff and to learn some of the pieces that will be specific to Litchfield,” said Peeples.

“It was a difficult job to tackle as a board and I would like to thank the whole board for banding together to get the job done,” concluded Peeples.

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