Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Good Sport on and off the Field; John Francis Moy 1930-2012

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Good Sport on and off the Field; John Francis Moy 1930-2012

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JOHN Francis Moy was a multi-talented sportsman, a man of unfailing humour and goodwill, who applied the highest sporting ideals of honesty, integrity and fair play to every aspect of his life, on and off the field.

As a young man he represented his district in four different sports, cricket, tennis, rugby league and basketball, going on to live out his years in a way that earned him lifelong friendship and admiration from team-mates, opponents and the community in general.

John was born in Newcastle on September 19, 1930, son of Frank and Janet Moy.

He was four years old when the family, with brothers Fred and Mick and sisters Margaret and Pattie (all now deceased) moved to Grafton where Frank was to work as a meat inspector.

John was educated at St Mary's in Grafton and on leaving school worked as a salesman with the prominent Grafton firm, Schaeffers Hardware.

He was a persuasive salesman and self-taught skills as a window dresser and ticketwriter were testament to his artistic abilities.

These came to the fore also in his input into organising staff entertainments where a comic turn of poetic phrase and love of contemporary music helped create enjoyable presentations.

Esteemed by workmates and valued by his employers, John was happily welcomed back to the Schaeffers fold after several forays into other areas.

At one time he spent six years in a partnership running a service station in South Grafton, later joining the auctioneering company Moy and Darby, formed by his brother, Mick. He would remain with Moy and Darby for 23 years, until his retirement.

It was while both were working at Schaeffers that John met his future wife, Joy Wiseman, from South Grafton.

They were married in St Patrick's Church, South Grafton in February, 1960, and built the home in Grafton where they lived for nearly 50 years. …

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