The Tattle of Hastings: Don Moores of Kamloops Blazers remembered during celebration of life

Among the takeaways: Moores was a hockey man, a loyal listener and advisor, kind, genuine, hard-working and an astute businessman who loved Kamloops and its Blazers.

Marty Hastings
KTW reporter Marty Hastings.

Don Moores wielded a camera, shifting focus and saying hello to each of the laughing, smiling members of his clan in the room, which was steeped in warmth.

He was introducing his unborn great granddaughter to her family.

Moores panned to Kieanna, his pregnant granddaughter who was having a contraction when he zoomed in on the bundle of incoming joy.

Infectious does not begin to describe the tone in his voice — resounding, contagious contentment.

This was a man raring to greet golden years with a bear hug.

The invaluable footage was captured on June 11. Rosalee was born on June 12. Moores, 65, collapsed and died on June 30 while golfing in Kamloops.

A crowd of about 1,000 gathered on Tuesday at Sandman Centre for Moores’ celebration of life, a service that concluded with Moores’ camera work, the introductions Rosalee will some day cherish.

Had the Zamboni been operational, those in attendance may have skated home on a sheet of frozen tears.

Country music star Gord Bamford, a friend to Moores, sung about mortality.

The woman in front of me wept.

Ken Hitchcock
Ken Hitchcock shared fond memories of Don Moores on Tuesday at Sandman Centre. - Dave Eagles/KTW

Ken Hitchcock handled master-of-ceremonies duties.

Friends Ronnie Patterson, Al Glendenning, Billy Pulford, Willy Pulford, Jim Jesson and Tom Gaglardi spoke to Moores’ character.

Moores often ended conversations with a seemingly simple phrase, one many men struggle to utter: “I love you, buddy.”

On Tuesday, a few of his pals reciprocated, one final time, through frogs in throats.

Eyes welled when granddaughter Talitha, who suffers from pulmonary hypertension, said goodbye to her champion.

“We all love you so much,” Talitha said. “You are the best grandpa in the whole entire world.”

Teenage grandson Kane stood stoically among the lineup of family on stage. He tried to fend off emotion, a losing effort.

One of his elder sisters turned her head long enough to notice him crying, the look on her face suggesting it was a sight not often seen.

Grandpa is gone.

Among the takeaways: Moores was a hockey man, a loyal listener and advisor, kind, genuine, hard-working and an astute businessman who loved Kamloops and its Blazers.

But, above all, said wife Sandy — he was a family man.

“They really were the most important thing in his life,” Sandy said. “He loved every one of them and they all loved him back.”

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