Longtime rec coordinator honored as grand marshal

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Mar 13, 2019 - 01:51 PM

Photo: Gloucester resident Billy Moore will be the grand marshal of this year’s Daffodil Festival Parade. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Gloucester resident Billy Moore will be the grand marshal of this year’s Daffodil Festival Parade. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Gloucester resident Billy Moore, longtime recreation coordinator for the county’s parks and recreation department, has been selected to serve as grand marshal of the Gloucester Daffodil Festival Parade.

The annual kickoff event to the Daffodil Festival will step off from Main Street Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6.

Moore spent nearly four decades mentoring and coaching youth and adults through the department and volunteering in countless other capacities. Moore said one of his greatest enjoyments has been seeing the build-up of sportsmanship among players, coaches and parents.

When he was approached about being grand marshal, Moore said he was “stunned” and added, “I’m not often speechless, but I was then.”

Moore doesn’t take all the credit though. He said his nomination to become grand marshal encompasses not only his own efforts, but also the many efforts of his fellow staff members at Gloucester Parks and Recreation, all of the volunteers that he worked with and the kids he coached and mentored. “It was a team effort,” Moore said.

He humbly recalled being the one who had to prepare all the sports fields in the county for play. He later had staff members to help him with that work. Before he retired, he still got up at 5:30 a.m. some Saturdays to see if the fields were too wet to play on.

Following his official retirement, Moore has remained busy and involved with sports and mentoring. He still coaches regularly for Parks and Recreation teams and works as a mentor at a local elementary school. He also takes part in before-school sports at Petsworth Elementary School.

“I still referee a lot and participate in 55 and older softball in Williamsburg,” Moore added. 

“Billy was chosen to be grand marshal for many reasons,” said Mary Boerner, who chairs the Daffodil Festival along with Ann Andrews. “He has devoted so much of his life to the young people of Gloucester in teaching them to be team players. He taught children the fundamentals of all sports. He gave encouragement to each child throughout our community. He has given unselfishly of his time and is so passionate about volunteering and helping make our community better for all.”