Crash horror

LEONGATHA is mourning the death of popular couple Alan and Elsje Moore, who were killed tragically in a car accident on the Bass Highway on Thursday.

Alan, 79 and Elsje, 75, were the parents of well known cricket identities Shane and Brett as well as youngest child Linda.

A truck collided with the couple’s car around 9.50am, 10km south of Leongatha.

It has been a time of rollercoaster emotions for the Moores as they deal with their grief, but also watched as family members competed in football and netball finals over the weekend.

Many of the family travelled to Tarwin on Saturday to watch as Brett’s son Nick helped the MDU Thirds win its way to the grand final. Shane’s wife Michelle also helped her Stony Creek C Grade netball team have a win that will see them with a premiership chance.

Shane told The Star that going to watch family members at the football was one way to take their minds off what had been a horrible week.

Alan and Elsje Moore have been community minded all their lives and fitted quickly into Leongatha after arriving from Wangaratta in 1970.

Alan worked for the State Rivers before taking a retirement package when the Jeffrey Street offices of the department were relocated to Maffra.

The Moores liked the 4 Jeffrey Street location of the State Rivers so much they bought the dwelling and outbuilding that served as the office and had lived there ever since.

They were active in the Leongatha community with involvement in many areas and at the same time following and supporting their children in their chosen interests.

Shane told The Star his parents developed a junior football competition in Leongatha in the early 1970s.

“Mum and Dad developed the ‘midgets’ football competition for the 12 years and under children. Matches were played on the lower recreation reserve every Saturday morning which had a distinctive slope across the ground,” Shane said.

“Players would wear the jumpers of some of the VFL teams like Collingwood, Richmond and Carlton.”

In the 1980s, attention was turned to cricket with the boys playing for RSL.

Alan served as president of the RSL cricket club for the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons before having a second stint there for three years from 1988-1991. He won the best club person award in 1991.

His involvement in cricket took on new responsibilities when he became president of the Leongatha and District Cricket Association (LDCA) for two years, in 1990-91 and in 1991-92. He was president when a match involving the West Indies was played on the Leongatha turf oval.

LDCA cricket life member Kevin “Coog” Smith remembers when Alan stepped up when the association had trouble finding a president.

“He did a lot for the West Indies game here. I remember him spending days on end cleaning the grandstand so it was immaculate for the cricket match,” Coog remembered.

Alan was also involved in the Army Reserve as a staff sergeant in the combat engineers division, a role he was involved in during his working life and afterwards. Alan also served a term as president of the Rotary Club of Leongatha.

In more recent years both Alan and Elsje were involved in the Leongatha Probus Club; at one stage Alan was president and Elsje secretary. Alan organised outings and events for a number of years. The couple had only just recently retired from the club.

Elsje enjoyed the company of other women and every Monday for more than 30 years she met at the home of Elaine Olle for a cup of tea, a game of cards or a general chat. Regulars included Zel Fawcett and Maie Riseley.

Elsje also knitted scarves for the penguins for the Nature Reserve at Phillip Island and has a letter of thanks for her work.

“Else has been a great friend of mine for 42 years and I’ll miss her dearly,” Elaine said.

Above all Alan and Elsje, both Collingwood supporters, enjoyed each other’s company and had regular overseas and Australian holidays and outings with the Probus Club.

Alan and Elsje were married for 54 years and leave three children and eight grandchildren.

Funeral details will be advised in a later edition of the Herald Sun.

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