Montreal Canadiens legend Dickie Moore left this world on Dec. 19, 2015 at 2:12 pm departing with the same quiet grace with which he lived his full, remarkable life. He was 84.
Dickie was a product of Montreal’s blue-collar Park Extension district, one of 10 children, who shrugged off serious injuries as a youth to become a tremendous hockey player. He won Memorial Cup junior championships with the Montreal Royals in 1949 and the Montreal Junior Canadiens in 1950, then graduated to the NHL Canadiens in 1951.
Dickie would win six Stanley Cups during a 12-season Habs career through 1963, a ferocious checker with a nose for the net. Twice he won the NHL’s Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top point-scorer, in 1957-58 and 1958-59, playing the final three months of ’57-58 with a cast on his broken left wrist.
Dickie retired for a year following the 1962-63 season to focus on Location Dickie Moore Rentals, the construction-equipment company that grew from modest beginnings, founded in 1961. But he would return to play 38 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1964-65 and another 27 with the expansion St. Louis Blues in 1967-68 before retiring for good.
Dickie earned 608 career NHL points (261 goals and 347 assists) in 719 regular-season games, joined by 46 goals and 64 assists in 135 playoff games. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974. In 2005, his famous No. 12 jersey was retired by the Canadiens, along with that of former captain Yvan Cournoyer.
Dickie’s involvement in business, Location Dickie Moore & MooreJCB, his personal and charitable appearances over many decades and his ownership of the Arundel Golf Club north of Montreal made him a well-loved, humble figure in the community. He will be profoundly missed by his family, the hockey world and countless friends, business associates and fans.
Dickie is survived by his wife, Joan; his daughter, Lianne, and his son, John, wife Josée and their children Jonathan, Winston and Katherine. He was predeceased by his son, Richard K. Moore, brothers, Charlie, Bert, Eddie, Bill, Danny, Reggie, Tommy, Jimmy, and sister Dolly.
Public visitation for the late Dickie Moore will be held on Sunday, December 27, from 2-9 pm at Urgel Bourgie Funeral Home, 1255 avenue Beaumont, in Montreal.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 28, at noon (12 p.m.) at Mountainside United Church, 687 Roslyn Avenue, Westmount, at the corner of Roslyn and The Boulevard. It will be officiated by The Reverend Doug Norris, personal friend of the Moore family, from Toronto’s Rosedale United Church.
In lieu of flowers donations to The Montreal General Hospital Foundation the Dr. David Mulder Campaign in honor of Dickie Moore would be greatly appreciated. To donate, visit www.mghfoundation.com, 514-934-8230.