The Hon. Frank Moores
Cadet Commanding Officer 1950 & 1951
Newfoundland and Labrador’s second Premier passed away on July 10, 2005, in Perth, Ontario, at the age of 72, after a battle with cancer that never conquered his spirit or zest for life. Premier from 1972 to 1979, Frank was devoted to the province and its people.
Born in Carbonear, Newfoundland, Frank graduated from St. Andrew’s College in 1951. He was one of only four students to be Cadet Commanding Officer twice in the 106 year history of the school. He always held the Cadet Corps close to his heart, and was the Reviewing Officer at the Inspection in our Centennial year. He was Head Prefect in 1951, and had a legion of alumni friends of all ages.
Active in the family fish business and community affairs in Harbour Grace during the 1960’s, Frank helped found the Cee-Bees hockey team, for which he was recently inducted into the Newfoundland Hockey Hall of Fame.
In 1968, Frank was elected M.P. for Bonavista-Trinity-Conception, and in 1969, President of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. In 1972, he was elected Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, where he worked tirelessly to develop the economy of the province, democratize its politics, and preserve its culture of fierce pride and compassion, which he embodied in his own personality.
In the 1980’s, Frank was active on the federal political scene, founding a government relations firm in Ottawa and then, in the early 1990’s, began spending more and more of his time with his family at his cherished home in Chaffey’s Lock, Ontario.
An avid fisherman, crack shot, and lover of the outdoors, he was never happier than when he was on a river, in the woods, or on the barrens. A wonderful raconteur with an endless trove of stories, acute observations, and lore of Newfoundland and Labrador, Frank lived, as one of his friends once said, “at a time which was probably the best he could have chosen for himself.” To everyone who knew him, on either side of the political aisle and whatever their walk in life, he was a gentleman who will always be remembered for his vibrant warmth, wit and humanity.
He was the loving and beloved husband of Beth, brother of Megan Nutbeem, father of Susan, Deborah, Michele, Jill, Nicole, Stuart, Andrea, Stefan and their families. St. Andrew’s is honoured that the Moores family has establishedThe Frank Moores Scholarship Fund with the S.A.C. Foundation in his memory.