Back to Belmore President Luke Brailey paid tribute to Bulldogs matriarch Marie Moore, the widow of Peter "Bullfrog" Moore, who died last week. Holding back tears at last night's monthly committee meeting, Mr Brailey expressed his profound sorrow and extended his sympathy to Mrs Moore's family.
"Tonight we meet in sadness at the passing of a dear friend. The enduring contribution of Marie Philomena Moore to the Back to Belmore cause is incalculable and I place on record the organisation's appreciation of her long service to the Bulldogs and the Canterbury-Bankstown community at large," he said.
"I have had the good fortune of knowing the Moore family for 18 years. I even shared the same birthday as Mrs Moore - November 24. The matriarch of the Moore family was one of the first signatories on our petition. Her signature adorned the very first page. Despite the odds, Mrs Moore never wavered in her support of the Back to Belmore movement. Through her deeds, we all directly or indirectly gained a greater insight into what humanity and humility are all about. Mrs Moore's life was substantial and her place in the affection of our organisation is assured. On behalf of the Back to Belmore executive committee, I offer my condolences to her nine children, numerous grandchildren and their respective families at this time of bereavement."
The executive committee held a minute's silence at the beginning of the meeting to pay their respects to Marie Moore. The funeral service will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Caringbah tomorrow morning.