Roger Moore, Fredonia Athletic Director, Dies

Roger K. Moore, director of athletics and physical education at Fredonia Central High School, died Wednesday (December 1, 1977) in Roswell Park Institute, Buffalo, after a lengthy illness. He was 48.

Mr. Moore was born in Wilson, August 12, 1929, the son of the late Kenneth and Irene Welker Moore. He had been a resident of Fredonia for 22 years, living at 55 Summer St., and was a member of St. Joseph's Church. He also belonged to the Northern Education Association, the Dunkirk Club, and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

Coach Moore served as Fredonia High School basketball coach for 20 seasons and 388 games, winning 251 and losing 137.

Fredonia teams qualified in 16 of his 20 years for western New York post-season basketball playoffs, and won Section VI basketball championships in each of the six years his teams made it to the finals: 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1972, and 1977. The Hillbillies emerged as league champions in 1960-61, 1970-71 and 1971-72, and were co-champions in 1962-63 and 1975-76.

The Fredonia High School Holiday Basketball Tournament was organized by Coach Moore, and FHS teams won the event four times and finished second on five other occasions in the past 10 years.

A baseball coach at FHS from1956-1972, Coach Moore directed the Hillbillies to a 117-107 record in 16 seasons and captured the Section VI Class a title in his final year (1972), as well as in 1961 and 1967.

His teams were crowned league champions in 1961 and 1972, and in recent years, Coach Moore also directed the Fredonia-Pomfret Adult Men's and Women's Basketball Leagues throughout the winter.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marguerite Breen; three sons, Daniel P. Moore of Raleigh, NC, Michael and Dennis, both at home; and two brothers, John of Clarence center and Keith of Ransomville.

The additional financial assistance of the community is critical to the success of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.
We gratefully acknowledge these individuals and organizations for their generous support.