Commissioner Inky Moore 1925-2000

Commissioner Enoch S. "Inky" Moore Jr. died at his home in Newville, Cumberland County, on October 15, 2000. He was 75 years old.

Born on July 16, 1925, in Farmingdale, New York, Commissioner Moore was the eldest son in a family of five boys and one girl. He moved to Cumberland County, Pennsylvania in 1947 and married Mary Wiser in May 1949. Inky and Mary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May 1999. He and Mary have four sons and nine grandchildren.

Governor Tom Ridge appointed Inky Moore as the Commissioner from the Sixth District in May 1995. He was reappointed in February 1998. A conservationist and fly fisher of state and national renown, Commissioner Moore's service as a member of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission was marked by his unparalleled integrity and expertise. He served as Commission president in 1998 and 1999.

Inky's career was marked by an extraordinary commitment to conservation and the protection, conservation and enhancement of Pennsylvania's fishery resources. He recognized that education of youth was the key to the future of conservation, and he was the founder or cofounder of conservation schools, including the Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp and Cumberland County Junior Conservation School. Inky served as a leader of conservation and sportsmen's organizations, including Trout Unlimited, the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, the Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation, the Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock, Pennsylvania Trout, the Carlisle Fish and Game Association, the Ralph W. Abele Conservation Scholarship Fund, the Scott Eckert Memorial Conservation Scholarship Fund, the Citizens for Letort Environmental Action and Restoration, the Big Spring Fish and Game Association and many others.

At the time of his death, Inky was just as active as ever, taking a lead role on the steering committee organizing a new watershed association for the Conodoguinet Creek Watershed. Inky Moore will be remembered as a true conservation hero. He instilled a love for the outdoors, a passion for fly fishing, and a commitment to conservation in the hundreds, young and old alike, who he taught over the years. He joined with conservation leaders, like Ralph Abele, Maurice Goddard, Len Green, Ken Sink and others, to develop a conservation philosophy and pursue conservation goals. Their generation of conservation giants contributed immeasurably to Pennsylvania's lands, waters, fish and wildlife. He will be sorely missed by all who worked with him over a lifetime of achievement.

On September 23, 2000, conservation organizations and agencies honored Enoch S. "Inky" Moore at ceremonies held at Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs. Moore was lauded for his lifetime work and dedicated service to the cause of conservation.

Inky Moore, Pete Colangelo, Tom Ridge

Peter A. Colangelo
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission

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November/December 2000 Angler & Boater

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