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HALIFAX MEMORIALIZES LATE MAYOR ‘DICK’ MOORE

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A plaque and memorial in honor of late Halifax Mayor Dick Moore, placed at the base of the Community Clock Plaza.
SoVaNow.com / May 23, 2016
An overflow crowd gathered at Halifax Town Hall Saturday to remember former Halifax Mayor Dick Moore, who died in July 2015.

Mayor Kristy Johnson presented family members with a resolution of appreciation for Moore’s efforts on behalf of the Town.

Following the service at the Town Hall, guests were invited to the dedication of a plaque that was placed at the base of the Community Clock Plaza, in front of the Halifax Farmers Market to memorialize Moore’s life and public service.

Moore first served on the town’s planning commission in 2003 and moved onto become its vice chairman and then chairman. He was elected to council in 2006, then became mayor May 2010. He was re-elected to a second term in 2014.

In his remarks at the event, former mayor Leon Plaster recalled that he sought to recruit good council members when he asked Moore, his good friend, to run for council.

“He [heard] my request that he run and accepted it. The Town of Halifax has benefited from that ‘yes.’ He was a hands-on guy, always working on projects for the town,” Plaster said.

Johnson also remembers that Moore was an early arrival at the Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning. “I don’t know what he bought, but he was always there, talking with all our vendors and customers. Everyone knew and admired him.”

Johnson, the current mayor, said Moore was a great mentor to her while she was vice mayor of the town. “He made being mayor seem easy, although it was not,” said Johnson as she handed Moore’s gavel, which he had used to call Town Council meetings to order, to his widow Becky.

Veteran council member Bill Confroy said, “People loved him and he loved this town and his family. He was always meticulously dressed and always looked like he had just stepped right out of a band box, but it was his family and this town that he loved to talk about.”

Town Manager Carl Espy said how much Moore enjoyed having people come into the facility to socialize and talk about the business of the town, adding that he was so grateful that Moore lived to see the Village Association’s Community Clock project finished and the King’s Bridge Launch completed prior to his death.

“He worked so hard on both of those projects,” Espy recalled.

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