A man of great achieve­ment

Re­mem­ber­ing Alec Dou­glas Moores


The wind was bit­ter cold and the frozen pel­lets of snow were fall­ing on April 19 for the first time in weeks.

Lo­cal busi­ness ty­coon, Alec Dou­glas Moores, 94, passed away three days ear­lier at his home.

Many at­ten­dees for the fu­neral had to walk long dis­tances to the steps of Cough­lan United Church due to their ve­hi­cles flood­ing the street.

There wasn’t an empty seat in the church. More than 200 people sat shoul­der to shoul­der for one fi­nal farewell to the prom­i­nent busi­ness­man, who was born in Black­head, Con­cep­tion Bay, in 1919.

Dozens of colourful flower bou­quets lined the al­tar of the church, with the largest at the foot of the cas­ket. Many more were given to St. Paul’s and St. Peter’s parishes, as well.

“He was very well liked,” a for­mer col­league sit­ting near the back of the church could be heard whis­per­ing, adding there were more than a hun­dred flower ar­range­ments at the fu­neral home.

The ser­vice paid trib­ute to Moores, who was a for­mer mayor of Har­bour Grace, mem­ber of the House of As­sem­bly and prom­i­nent fig­ure in the fish­ing in­dus­try.

But most im­por­tantly, he was praised for the love he had for his wife Maysie (Babb) Moores, who was buried less than 48 hours be­fore her hus­band’s death.

“(He had a) lov­ing wife, who he adored so much. He fol­lowed her to the pearly gates,” grand­son Gre­gory Moores said about his grand­fa­ther.

A smile could be seen on the faces of some of the fam­ily, re­call­ing the love the two, who were mar­ried for 68 years, had for each other.

Grand­son rem­i­nis­cent

Stand­ing in front of friends and fam­ily, grand­son Gre­gory ex­plained some things about his grand­fa­ther that he will re­mem­ber.

He de­scribed how Moores used to tell tales of be­ing in the out­doors, hunt­ing par­tridge and fish­ing sal­mon.

Gre­gory talked of how busi­ness was an im­por­tant part of his grand­fa­ther’s life, so much so he never re­tired.

Moores passed that love for busi­ness on to his three sons, Doug, David and Dar­roch, who have been very suc­cess­ful in their own pro­fes­sions, Gre­gory said.

And most im­por­tantly, his grand­son said be­ing busy was some­thing Moores loved to do, and do­ing so al­lowed him to be so­cial.

“He was al­ways warm and en­gag­ing,” Gre­gory ex­plained. “Al­ways re­spect­ful, de­cent, hon­ourable and car­ing. “Alec loved life. He loved his life.” The rest of the fam­ily didn’t speak at the ser­vice, but each one shared a look of love for the fam­ily pa­tri­arch.

Moores was a mem­ber of the Freema­sons. His broth­ers from the lo­cal chap­ter at­tended the fu­neral, and sat in the front pews to show their re­spect.

A large pro­ces­sion of ve­hi­cles be­gan at the church im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the ser­vice, leading to the ceme­tery on Mil­i­tary Road.

Af­ter the ceme­tery ser­vice was com­plete, son Doug pat­ted the top of the cas­ket, as if he was pat­ting his fa­ther on the back one last time.

Big name in fish­ery

Moores be­gan his 77 years of steady em­ploy­ment in Fogo at the Bank of Nova Sco­tia, but moved to Mon­treal in 1944 to work for Steers Ltd., an im­port­ing/ex­port­ing com­pany.

In 1947, he be­gan his 67-year span in the ma­rine and fish­ing in­dus­tries, tak­ing on the role of gen­eral man­ager and vice-pres­i­dent of North­east­ern Fish In­dus­tries Ltd. (NEFI).

Those who have knowl­edge of the in­dus­try likely know Moores’ name. He was seen as a post-Con­fed­er­a­tion “vi­sion­ary” for be­ing in­stru­men­tal in mar­ket­ing other types of fish be­sides cod, in­clud­ing squid, mack­erel, caplin and her­ring.

When NEFI ceased op­er­a­tions in 1968, Moores be­gan his own en­ter­prises: Ocean Har­vesters Ltd., Moore­fish, Har­bour In­ter­na­tional and Alec. D. Moores Ltd.

He was also re­spon­si­ble for the open­ing of the prov­ince’s largest cold stor­age fa­cil­ity in Bay Roberts, Moor­frost, in 1997.

Some of the at­ten­dees at the fu­neral said they were pre­vi­ously em­ployed at businesses owned by Moores. Some had said he was a friendly man and oth­ers said he never acted like a boss, but rather, an equal.

Moores worked right up un­til the day he died.


Moores was given recog­ni­tion for his many ac­com­plish­ments. The first be­ing the 1967 Cana­dian Cen­ten­nial Medal, a medal given to Cana­di­ans to com­mem­o­rate the 100th an­niver­sary of Canada’s Con­fed­er­a­tion.

To re­ceive a medal, a per­son had to be rec­om­mended by gov­ern­ments, pro­fes­sional, ed­u­ca­tion and cul­tural as­so­ci­a­tions, mil­i­tary and pro­tec­tive ser­vices, vet­eran groups, sports as­so­ci­a­tions or char­i­ta­ble bod­ies for pro­vid­ing a valu­able ser­vice to one’s coun­try.

In 2012, Moores was in­ducted into the At­lantic Canada Ma­rine In­dus­tries Hall of Fame for his long-term in­volve­ment in the ma­rine sec­tor.

Other awards and recog­ni­tions he re­ceived over his life­time in­cluded the Queen’s Ju­bilee medal in 2013, in­ducted into the New­found­land and Labrador Busi­ness Hall of Fame in 2002, was a two-time pres­i­dent of the Fish­eries As­so­ci­a­tion of New­found­land and Labrador, a di­rec­tor of the Fish­eries Coun­cil of Canada and has had a street named af­ter him in his home­town.

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The late Alec Moores was a prom­i­nent busi­ness man in Con­cep­tion Bay North whose ca­reer spanned 77 years.

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