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Robert C. Moore

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Veteran newsman Robert Coffeen Moore passed away Wednesday, March 13, at Kindredcare Nursing Home in Marlborough, after a brief illness. He was 92 years old. Born on Sept. 22, 1920 in Troy, N.Y., Moore was the only child of Ella Mae [Coffeen] Moore and Henry Moore. After suffering a botched operation as a young boy, Moore was paralyzed for more than a year but regained his mobility at the Pittsfield, Mass., Home for Crippled Children, where he spent most of his adolescence. The prolonged illness left him with a noticeably compromised gait which he had for the rest of his life. He rarely, if ever, mentioned it. In spite of his tenuous health and meager circumstances, Moore developed ambitious plans. In 1936, when a high school teacher offered him an apprenticeship with a local electrician, Moore balked, saying he wanted to go to college. This raised some eyebrows, but that didn't faze him. Moore began his college career in 1938 at Syracuse University; he finished up in 1953 at Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in government. In between those two stints, Moore took up a career that would become his lifelong passion: political journalism. Though he would serve for a time as a press secretary to Massachusetts Gov. Foster Furcalo, it was as a reporter and editor where Moore found his niche, working with virtually every major paper in Massachusetts: the Berkshire Eagle, the Quincy Patriot Ledger, the Worcester Telegram, the Lowell Sun, Community Newspaper Company, the Boston Globe (for 17 years) and the Framingham News, then Middlesex News, for 12 years. He also worked for a time at the Providence Journal-Bulletin and the Troy Times Record in New York. As the editor of the Middlesex News, Moore was proud to oversee the creation of a competitive Sunday edition, and to help boost the daily circulation from 21,000 to more than 51,000. Though he was no longer reporting, he kept his finger on the pulse of the 28 towns served by the News, using editorials as a bully pulpit when public officials did not respect the Open Meeting Law. He pressed his reporters to pursue angles that would make the news of the day accessible to people who claimed to be "too busy to care." Moore was an enthusiastic supporter of his profession, writing editorials for online forums long into his retirement. Earlier in his career, he was a frequent contributor to the local news program "Meet the Editors," a member of the National Managing Editors Association and a member of the New England Associated Press News Executives Association. He was also a past-president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Moore was pre-deceased in 1981 by his wife of 30-plus years, Rosaleen Celia Connolly, a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is survived by six children and seven grandchildren: Alice Moore and her sons Alex and William, of Condor, N.Y.; Declan Moore and his wife Vasuki of Hopkinton, Mass.; Robin (Moore) Lovell, her husband Richard and their son Joseph, of Wells, Maine; Rosaleen Moore and her children Raphael, Gabriel and Gisela, of York, Maine; Kathleen Moore and her husband Richard Hunt of Duluth, Ga., and Tamsin Moore and her daughter Marlo Ann, of Cape Coral, Fla. A wake will be held at the Eugene J. McCarthy & Sons Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St., Framingham, on Sunday, March 17, from 2 - 6 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Cushing Memorial Chapel, 60 Dudley Road at Tercentennial Park, Framingham, on Monday, March 18, at 10 a.m., with interment to follow at the Wadsworth Cemetery, on Concord Road, Sudbury.

Published in MetroWest Daily News from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2013
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