Moar, Vincent A.

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                                                          VINCENT A. MOAR 
                                                  Retires in April as Postmaster


Vincent A. Moar, Chatham’s popular and efficient postmaster for the past twenty-one years, retires next month after 47 years service with the Canadian Post Office Department. He is a native of Chatham and entered the postal department in 1925 on completion of the High School course at St. Thomas College. He has been postmaster since 1951, a position which he filled in an obliging and capable manner and with dedication to the service of the public. Following his retirement he will be associated with J. Robert Martin of Allied Realty, Ltd., Chatham.

When Mr. Moar began his duties 47 years ago, the postmaster was the late James Stothart and the post office was the building on Water Street which now houses provincial government offices. Also on the staff at that time were Joseph Connors and Harry L. Burbridge. On the death of Mr. Stothart in 1938, W. Chubb MacLoon was appointed to the position which he held for thirteen years. He died suddenly in 1951 and Mr. Moar was named postmaster. Staff members at the time were Mr. Burbridge, Harold M. Harriman, W.J. Moran, N.E. Savage, F.J. Buckley and D.J. Martin, all of whom are still on staff.

Mr. Moar has always taken and active interest in town affairs, especially sports. He was instrumental in organizing softball in Chatham and was a noted pitcher and president of the league for five years. He was a member of the Chatham Senior Baseball League for ten years, secretary of the first Kinsmen Club in Chatham and one of the organizers of the Chatham Credit Union and Credit Unions throughout the Miramichi area.

Along with “Dode” Dealy, Vince organized boxing in Chatham and staged boxing matches in all parts of northern New Brunswick. From this venture he saw Mike (Clyne) Cassidy become N.B. light heavyweight champion and Yvonne Durelle win the Canadian middleweight crown. Mr. Moar was master of ceremonies for all these matches.

Along with a number of interest citizens, Mr. Moar formed the famed Miramichi Sanatoria Entertainment Club of which he was the MC and president for twenty years. The club visited sanatoria throughout the province, put on shows and presented gifts to the patients. The club also did other charitable work and raised monies by presenting shows in Chatham, Newcastle and other Miramichi communities. Approximately $65,000 was raised during their career. Mr. Moar has also taken part in local entertainments and has been MC for numerous events on the Miramichi and other parts of the province.

During World War II, Vince was the leading salesman in the Victory Loan drives in Northumberland County. During his lengthy career in public service he has always found time to meet the public and was quick to offer his help in any emergency. He was considered top public relations man for the post office by the N.B. - P.E.I. Postal District. In 1951 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace for and in the county of Northumberland and still is empowered as a commissioner of oaths.

Mr. Moar and his wife (the former Laura Marr) reside at 210 Wellington Street, Chatham. They have two sons both of whom are interested in sports, and a daughter who resides at the U.S.A. Defence Base, Minot, North Dakota. His mother, Mrs. Mary Moar, and sister, Kathleen resides in Chatham.

In his leisure hours, Vince will spend some time at his favourite sport, golf. He is a member of the Miramichi Golf and Country Club and also of The Maritime Senior Men’s Golf Association.

The townspeople of Chatham will be sorry to see him leave the public service, but will join with his legion of friends throughout the province in wishing him many happy years of retirement.

Source: North Shore Leader March 23, 1972

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PART II

                                                             VINCE A. MOAR
                                                   Freeman of Town of Chatham 1979


V. A. (Vince) Moar joined a select group on Monday evening when he was made a Freeman of the Town of Chatham. Vince was honoured in a special ceremony before the regular June meeting of the Town Council.

Accompanied by his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and a large gathering of friends, Vince accepted a framed certificate from Mayor Edward Maher who was representing the Council and the citizens of Chatham. The only past recipients of this honour, with the exception of former mayors, are Dick Stewart (1971) and the late Leigh Loggie (1973).

Mayor Maher reviewed for the assembled gathering some of the accomplishments of Vince’s life in community service, most notably the formation and organization of the Sanitoria Club. The club included a number of well-known local acts with Vince as M.C. and it paid many visits to sanitoria around the province entertaining the long-term patients. After the sanitoria closed, the club continued to make appearances, including two visits to Dorchester Penitentiary and one to the Trappist Monastery in Rogersville. The club was the only mixed group to entertain in these institutions. Shows were also held in aid of the United Church building fund, the Miramichi Shrine Club and for individual charitable cases.

Professionally, Vince had a long career in the Post Office, serving as Chatham Postmaster for 25 years.

Since last November, Vince has suffered an affliction which has caused him to lose his well-known voice. Following the presentation of the certificate, Vince’s younger son, expressed appreciation on his father’s behalf.

                                                          Tributes Paid

Warm tributes were paid to Vince by the clergymen of several of the town’s churches. Father B.M. Broderick, representing St. Michael’s, expressed appreciation to Vince for long years of community service. “My only regret tonight,” Father Broderick said, “is that Vince is unable to continue bringing comfort and solace to so many people around the countryside as he did for so many years.”

Rev. John Posno, minister at Calvin Presbyterian Church, paid a similar tribute to Vince, and also offered congratulations to the town for bestowing this well-deserved honour. “The town brings honour to itself by this recognition of one of its most well-known citizens,” said Rev. Posno.

St. Andrew’s United Church minister, Rev. R.J. Miller, acknowledging the generous contributions made by Vince and the Sanitoria Club following the devastating fire which destroyed the old church, said that as individuals and as a congregation, church members considered Vince a friend. “We wish him every blessing in the years that lie before him,” Rev. Miller concluded.

Walter Brown, speaking on behalf of Rev. John Moorhead of St. Mary’s Anglican Church, said that he could not really speak for anyone else. But I’ve had a long association with Vince personally and I can speak for myself. He has been a good friend to me, as he has been to so many others.”


Source: Miramichi Leader – June 13, 1979

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PART III

                                                            VINCE MOAR
                                                     A Man for All Seasons
                                            A Personal Reminiscence by David Butler


I kid you not, when I tell you , and let’s be serious for once, that my prime motive for getting into my some-time journalistic career, was my realization that there was a number of people in this area who were not getting the public recognition that they deserved. Admittedly, I was initially concerned about our sportsmen (the first feature story I ever did was on baseball Ironman, Art Leggatt), but I wasn’t too long in the game before I realized that there were other people in other fields who deserved public recognition. And so I went on to do features on poets, painters, politicians, pugilists, and just plain folks, people who by their very existence, brightened up the days of our lives. And, while nosing around for news or just hanging out, I have met scores of remarkable people, all of whom have made my life a richer one. But perhaps the most extraordinary person I’ve met was V.A. (Vince) Moar, who Monday night was made a Freeman of the Town of Chatham.

I can think of other worthy recipients of this honour, but I can think of no one worthier than Vince. The time and energy Vince has put into community service in the past 50 (yes, 50) years or so, has been simply fantastic.

A couple of paragraphs ago, I said that Vince “was the most extraordinary person I’ve met”, with the possible suggestion being that I never knew him until I got into newspapering. This is not true, at least, not entirely true.

I spent the first 10 years of my life living on Chatham’s Queen Street, where Vince lived and still does. And I used to hang out with Vince’s second son. So I have known Vince for quite a while, and from the very beginning I liked him, but it was not until I got into newspapering and got a look behind the scenes, as it were, that I really appreciated the tremendous amount of work that Vince put into his community activities.

Vince was such a natural on stage, that many people might have been led to believe, “No sweat, Vince does all that with the greatest of ease.” Well, maybe the actual on-stage stuff was a breeze, but few people have any idea of the laborious preparations that went into making the final product the smooth, professional one it invariably turned out to be. Oh, sure, Vince enjoyed the work, but that didn’t make it any easier.

I mention above that Vince was a natural on stage. That’s one thing that impressed me; another thing was his sure command of what he was doing; another thing was his tremendous vigour and great style, and another thing was his superb rapport with his audience. In sum, it would be difficult to find a better description of the ideal master-of-ceremonies.

But, to roll back the clock a while, let me touch upon a few reminiscences of Vince. My first memory of Vince goes back to the days when his son and I and a few pals of ours, used to enjoy treats courtesy of Vince. What used to happen was, the son would take us to a neighbourhood store and buy a bunch of ice cream, saying, “Dad’ll pay for these when he drops in.” Vince used to drop into this little store every day on his way home from work, and sure enough, he’d pick up the tab. I never did find out exactly how he felt about this, but he never put the kibosh on it.

I remember Vince emceeing the Santa Claus parties they used to have just before Christmas every year in the old Opera House. Santa was always late in arriving (it’s hard to drink rum quickly through that bushy beard), and Santa needed all the fortification he could get. Santa, I say was always late, thus Vince had to entertain several hundred squirming, screaming, scurvy little brats, but entertain us Vince did.

I remember Vince emceeing boxing matches in that same Opera House, and later in the old College Rink, and later still in the Lord Beaverbrook. You couldn’t get a more unruly, impatient ‘audience’ than a fight mob, yet Vince handled it with great vigour, becoming himself as much a part of the night’s excitement as the fights were. “....and in this corner, from Chatham, the Maritime Light-heavy Weight champion, Clyne CASSIDY! ....and in this corner, from Baie Ste. Anne, the light-heavy weight champion of Canada, Yvon DURELLE!” Ah, those indeed were the days, the days when Chatham was one of the hottest boxing spots in Canada, and Vince, along with Dode Dealy, Gerry Duplessie, Clyne and Yvon, were in the thick of some of the Miramichi’s finest s sporting moments.

I was just a wee lad then, but my Dad, God love him, was usually successful in persuading Mom to let me accompany him to the fights that he loved so much. And I’ll never forget those smoky arenas, Demarara in the air, violence in the winds, and roars rocking the rafters, “C’mon Yvon, C’mon Durelle, C’mon Yvon, C’mon Durelle!” And in the midst of this continuous uproar, one dapper, cool, smiling gentleman, who appeared to be the only voice of sanity in the house, telling us all where it was at.

I remember Vince, who always nattily attired, emceeing the Sanitoria Club shows that he loved so well, giving rousting introductions to such acts as the comedy of Charlie Whitty and Willie Farrah, the dancing of Joe Moar and Gerry Duplessie, the singing of Bobby Currie and Danny Murphy and the 101 other polished performances that the San Club did so well. The San Club was a great gang in its heyday, and it’s a pity we didn’t have videotape back then. But anyone who saw and heard the Club in full, entertaining flight, will never forget it.

I remember Vince sporting around the Miramichi in his gleaming yellow Dodge convertible, and you couldn’t find a more appropriate vehicle for him. With its top down Vince could hail and ‘howarya!’ everyone, and, man, he knew everyone. And the sparkling yellow was a perfect symbol for Vince’s personality, yellow being the symbol of sunshine, and sunshine being the product of Vince’s favourite project, the San Club.

And I remember Vince last fall, one golden October evening, as he and I strolled over the Miramichi golf course, playing a leisurely round and enjoying the scenery and the walk and the conversation more than the actual golf. You know, golf is the sort of game that tends to make its players very hyper, but Vince is the coolest golfer I’ve ever met. Actually, and this is typical of Vince, I think he enjoys the companionship of the game more than the game itself - Vince has always been a great people-person. Anyway, it seemed that we were the only ones on the course, so we had a very leisurely ramble, chattering about all sorts of things and hitting the occasional ball. Meanwhile, I was having difficulty with my game, and Vince was watching my strokes carefully, trying to diagnose my problem. By and by, he hit on it – I was holding the club too stiffly, and I was trying to murder the ball. Vince gave me his analysis and suggested how I might correct it, and by George, it worked. “Take it easy, Dave, just take it easy,” Vince said, “and let the club do the work.” And easy I took it, and easy we rambled round the course in what was the most enjoyable game of golf I ever had. But this is not unusual-I was playing with one of the most enjoyable people I’ve ever met.


Source: Miramichi Leader - June 13, 1979

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PART IV

                                                             VINCE MOAR
                                                      Freeman of Chatham Dies


Vince Moar was laid to rest Thursday morning in Chatham after a funeral service at a packed St. Michael’s Church.

Mr. Moar, the president and co-founder of the Miramichi Sanitoria Club and one of Chatham’s best-known and liked residents, died late Tuesday morning at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Chatham. He was 73 years old. In failing health for the past year, Mr. Moar is remembered as a vigorous and cheerful master of ceremonies for innumerable Sanitoria Club performances. The group of Miramichiers, formed 30 years ago, entrained patients in hospitals throughout New Brunswick and was always available for benefit shows to help Miramichi groups.

His son said Thursday that many messages of condolence had been received. The body rested at Mr. Moar’s home on Wellington Street, where the family received many visitors, he went on.

                                                      Postmaster 25 Years

Mr. Moar was Chatham’s postmaster for 25 years, spending 47 years in all with the post office. He worked there after graduation from Chatham schools and St. Thomas College. The son of the late John E. and Mary (Daley) Moar, Vincent A. Moar was active in St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church and in local sports. He once began an athletic association in the town, serving as its first president. The association was active in sponsoring softball and boxing. Mr. Moar was himself a member of the Miramichi Golf and Country Club and was once a baseball player with the Chatham Seniors.

As the master of ceremonies of Sanitoria Club concerts, he helped in the promotion and success of many charitable ventures in this area. The Club has been recognized by former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and by New Brunswick Premier Richard Hatfield for its many contributions to community life.

                                                     Freeman of Town

The Town of Chatham honoured Mr. Moar June 11 by making him a Freeman of the Town, a rarely-bestowed status. At that time many of the town’s civic and religious leaders paid tribute to the man known throughout the area for his smile and voice.

Mr. Moar is survived by his wife, a daughter, two sons, both of Chatham; 11 grandchildren and one nephew.

The body rested at the residence on Wellington Street before the services Thursday morning at 10 a.m. Mass was said by Rev. B.M. Broderick, who was assisted in the service by Msgr. R.M. Hickey, Rev. Connell, Rev. John Grattan, Rev. Bob Grattan, Rev. McKendy, Rev. Elhatton, Rev. McGrath, Rev. Smith and Rev. Dunn.

Active pallbearers were: Romeo Comeau, Joe MacDonald, Art Morris, Frank Daley, Tom Traer and Michael Bowes.

There were also 21 honorary pallbearers. They were: William J. Kerr, Blair Gordon, Bruce Ross, Doug Campbell, Robert Martin, Harry Burbridge, Percy McGrath, J. Ben O’Reilly. Gerry Duplessie, Adelard Hachey, Pat Duffy, John Richard, Ernie Taylor, Charles Whitty, Art Plante, Bill Savoy, Tom McLean, Clyne Cassidy, Dodd Daley, John Coughlan and Carl Hilchey.

Interment was in St. Michael’s Church Cemetery.


Source: Miramichi Weekend – September 22, 1979

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