Eric Moon – R.I.P
Tribute to Eric Moon
Eric was such a friendly, positive and light-hearted person that he was liked by all who met him. He nearly always had a twinkle in his eye. He loved to laugh and indeed, he often would chuckle so much when telling a story that he could not finish the tale for laughing and wiping the laughter tears from his eyes.
Just like his siblings, he was a sentimental person; if he was listening to music or reading a special letter or card, he would often end up getting his hanky out to wipe tears from the corner of his eyes.
He was born in Fleetwood, Lancashire, the youngest of 6 siblings, and was brought up and educated a Catholic. Both his mother and father were good singers in the church choir. Eric was also a good singer and sang at home with his sister Mamie while she played the piano. Eric’s mother died when he was only 17.
He first learnt to play rugby when he attended St. Joseph’s Catholic College in Blackpool and that was the start of his love and interest in sport which lasted right through his life. He followed his 2 older brothers, Harold and Len, into the Royal Navy for his national service, but left after the War ended. His first job was with Avery Scales as a sales representative, based in Oldham. Next he worked for Kayser Bondor (selling ladies underwear) and his last sales rep job, was with a confectionery company selling sweets and chocolate which were much enjoyed!
His brother Harold was killed in action during the 2nd World War and after that Eric sometimes fulfilled to role of “replacement dad” for Harold and his wife’s 2 daughters, such as giving them away at the altar when they were married.
Being a good sales rep meant he could find free time to pursue his 2 great loves – rugby and golf. He played rugby for Fleetwood and Oldham. Eric stayed his first night in Oldham at the Park Hotel, intending to move on the following day, but the owners Margaret and Henry were so taken with Henry, they offered him an evening job in the bar for free board. When he finally gave up rugby, Henry introduced Eric to golf, which then became Eric’s main love and hobby. It was through golf that he met Joan Williams who was a star Welsh golfer living in Deganwy. They married in Deganwy in 1967 with Keith Bacon as a groomsman. The local paper covered their marriage under the headline, “Golfers team up for Good!”.
After that Eric worked in branches of National Provincial (later Nat West) Bank in the area, but spent all his free time playing golf. He and Joan played so well that their home ended up full of many top golf prizes. His Golf club has had their flag at half mast in his honour since they heard of his death.
Eric loved life and found things to be joyful about every day even when things got very difficult for him towards the end… He would still crack a joke.
Let us give thanks for this man who brought smiles and laughter into the lives of many people.