William Howard Moore

RENSSELAERVILLE — William Howard Moore lived most of his life in Medusa. His son, Dennison, called him “a man of the community.”

He created a museum to preserve Medusa’s history, wrote a column about the hamlet’s happenings, played the organ in its church, and served in its volunteer fire company.

He died on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. He was 74.

Known as Bill, he was born on Oct. 7, 1944, in Catskill, the son of the late Marjorie (née Britton) and Leslie Moore.

He worked as an engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation and as a school bus driver for the Greenville central schools and was a carpenter and painter.

Moreover, he operated the Sugar Bush Shop in Medusa, and played the organ at the United Church of Christ in Medusa since 1978.

He served the community by writing the “Medusa Happenings” column for the Greenville Local, Press, and Pioneer newspapers; being a member and trustee of the Rensselaerville Historical Society; and being the driving force for the History of Medusa Museum located in the Medusa United Church of Christ.

He was a member and past president of the Rensselaerville Seniors Club, member of the Medusa Volunteer Fire Company, serving as secretary and bingo chairman, and an assessor for the Town of Rensselaerville.


William Howard Moore is survived by his son, Dennison; his brother, Robert; and by several nieces and nephews and many cousins.

His parents, Marjorie (née Britton) and Leslie Moore, died before him, as did his sister, Beverly, and his brother, Larry.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at the Medusa United Church of Christ on Route 351. After the service, the family will go to the Medusa Cemetery for a short burial service and then return to the house for food and refreshments.

“If you would like to provide a dish to share with others, that would be up to you,” said his son, Dennison Moore. “I hope to see as many friends attend as possible because I know he was a man of the community.”

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Christ, Rural Route 1, Box 247, Medusa, NY 12120.


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