Dr. Robert J. ‘Bobby’ Moore, Guyana’s former high commissioner to Canada and recipient of the University of the West Indies Charity Gala Vice-Chancellor Award, died on Nov. 3 in Ottawa.
Moore died peacefully at home surrounded by his wife, family and friends.
As per his wishes, he was cremated. A Celebration of Life is slated for Saturday, Nov. 21, at 11a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 439 Queen St., Ottawa, with visitation with family 9:30-10:30 a.m. Donations may be made in his memory to Ottawa Heart Institute, Christ Church Cathedral and the SPCA.
Born in 1931 and raised in Guyana, Moore was the Dean of the Commonwealth Group of Diplomats as he served with various organizations for the alleviation of poverty in the Global South and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as a senior policy advisor in public engagement.
He co-founded the Caribbean Contact where Guyana-born Editor Dr. Rickey Singh was the thorn in Guyana’s Forbes Burnham’s side. Singh reported on rigged elections and dictatorship in Guyana. The Caribbean Contact also broke the story that Gregory Smith was linked to world-renowned historian Dr. Walter Rodney’s assassination. Rodney sat at Moore’s feet at Queen’s College.
Moore’s vision of the Caribbean Contact was an extension of his religious faith. Originally set to study at Codrington College for the priesthood, Moore was led into education but still extended a hand to the poor and oppressed.
An alumnus of UWI, he earned a PhD at Sussex University and made an indelible contribution as dean of history at the University of Guyana. An inspiring teacher, he was also a beloved storyteller and mentor.