Homer resident Robert (Bob) Moss died Sept. 17, 2013. He was 91.
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A Celebration of Life for Bob and Carol will be held on Sunday at the Bidarka Inn from 4 to 6 p.m. The family invites all to come have a bite and share a memory.
He was one of four children born to Albert and Alma Moss in Windham County, Conn. He graduated from Windham High School and went on to earn a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Connecticut. In 1943 Bob joined the Coast Guard and was stationed in the South Pacific.
In 1947, Bob joined his brother, Joel, in Alaska. That year they helped build the Sterling Highway from Kasilof to Ninilchik. They travelled farther down the peninsula to homestead in Peterson Bay.
Throughout the war Bob courted the love of his life, Carol Mary Vath of West Haven, Conn. After his first year in Alaska, Bob returned to Connecticut to make Carol a part of his dream. They were married in Storrs on April 3, 1948.
Bob and Joel fished salmon, halibut, crab and shrimp throughout Cook Inlet and Kodiak waters. They built boats and started Moss Brothers Seafoods. Their wives, Carol and Flora, were also integral parts of their fishing operations.
Bob believed that it was important to protect his industry and involved himself in all levels of fishery legislation. He served on the Board of Fish and Game was a member of the Advisory Panel for the International Pacific Fisheries Management Commission and was an advocate for conservative stock management to ensure sustainable fisheries. He was a member of the Alaska Judicial Counsel and the Board of Directors for the National Bank of Alaska.
"Carol and Bob shared an enduring love. They were best friends for life and role models for marriage. In their later years it was rare to see one without the other. Carol passed away in their 62nd year of marriage. In her memory Bob continued to refer to her as "The Boss" – flowers got planted and things got done, because that's what The Boss wanted," the family said.
Bob worked hard and he played hard. He tied flies his whole life, searching for the perfect pattern and shared them with everyone he knew. He helped build the local ski area and start the Kachemak Ski Club, alpine skiing well into his 70's.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Alma; his brothers and their wives, Joel (Flora) of Homer and Phil (Shirley) of Austin, TX. He is survived by his sister, Ester Proctor of Manchester by the Sea, MA; sons, Robert (Charlotte) and Christopher (Pat) all of Homer; Grandchildren, Edward (Christina) of Henderson, NV; Robert (Jennifer) Moss of Kenai; Casey Moss of Homer; and 7 Great Grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's honor can be directed to the Kachemak Ski Club, Box 3705, Homer, AK 99603 or to Hospice of Homer, Box 4174, Homer, AK 99603.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory
35910 Jawle Street
Soldotna, AK 99669
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Sept. 24, 2013