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RICH THOMASELLI COMMENTARY: GOODBYE TO A COLLEAGUE AND AN INSPIRATION

Brian Moore’s Love Of All Things Northern Dutchess Was Unsurpassed

In 2010 when I started Hudson Valley Sports Report, version 1.0, the first phone call I received was from Brian Moore.

“Hey man, congrats!” he said. “I think this is going to be great!”

“Well, I was hoping you would say that,” I replied.

“Why’s that?” he asked.

“Because you were my inspiration for doing this,” I said.

There was silence on the other end for a few moments, until he asked if I was joking.

I wasn’t. I had seen Brian’s site at the time, northerndutchesssports.com, and thought it was fabulous. The amount of energy and passion he put into covering sports in the northern part of the county, particularly Red Hook, inspired me to create HVSR.

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After a few self-deprecating remarks by both of us, I said to him, “So … any advice?”

He turned serious and gave me a piece of advice that I not only remember to this day but use as a sort of mantra for HVSR.

“Nothing has changed since yesterday, or the day before, the month before, the year before, the decade before or the generation before. Maybe even generations beyond that,” he said. “When it comes to high school sports, you have the kids and you have their family. And at the end of the day, no matter what era it is, kids and their parents and their friends and their classmates still like to see their names in the paper or online. It’s important.”

We lost Brian Moore on Monday night. He had been sick for several years, in and out of the hospital. But, true to his nature and his love of sports, he slugged his way through adversity until he just couldn’t slug anymore.

To this day, whenever I spot someone with a camera around their neck, I continue to gaze upward to see if it’s Brian’s face behind it.

He loved all sports, but baseball, well … baseball. Brian was a Mets fan who dreamed of becoming a player. And if he couldn’t do that, he wanted to be a sports announcer and wanted to be as close to sports as possible. He accomplished that by writing for two newspapers and working as a radio disc jockey.

Except, you know, funny thing happened along the way. He was so entrenched in sports and such a fixture in Northern Dutchess County, he didn’t want to just sit on the sidelines. So he helped start adult leagues in the area, he coached, he nurtured youth sports, and he became a de facto caretaker of history when it came to Red Hook sports.

He was witty and had a wicked sense of humor. And let’s just #)!^!@%#* leave that where it is 🙂

He wrote with a sense of purpose and took pictures that captured the moment. As a journalist, you could ask no more.

And, of course, he was a family man like no other. These last few years, he had his own world. He loved his mother ‘Suggy’, his daughter Emma, son-in-law Aaron Brooks – who pitched in the Seattle Mariners farm system – and his granddaughter Eva something fierce.

He will be missed.

Oh, will he be missed. Rarely, if ever, does one person personify an entire community. Brian does.

And always will.

 

Photos courtesy Emma Brooks

One Comment

  1. Ed V mcmanus

    January 16, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Excellent and well said

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