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Many in Clear Spring share losses

January 03, 2002

Many in Clear Spring share losses



By DAN KULIN
dank@herald-mail.com


Robert Allen Moore was headed home after visiting a friend in the hospital, and Patricia Louise Boyd was on her way to a friend's retirement party when their vehicles collided Friday in a head-on collision near Clear Spring that killed them both.

"It's very numbing," said Charles Mackley, pastor at St. John's United Church of Christ in Clear Spring, which both Moore and Boyd attended. "It's a grief that's shared by many people."

On Saturday, friends and family remembered Moore, 16, and Boyd, 62, as friendly and active members of the tight-knit Clear Spring community.

Moore, known as Bobby to friends and family, was a junior at Clear Spring High School, where he played soccer and tennis and belonged to the ski and history clubs.

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Boyd, who was called Patty by those who knew her, retired about five years ago from the Washington County Health Department, where she was a public health nurse. She lived in a two-story brick house on Cumberland Street next to one of the two traffic lights in Clear Spring, and she was active in her church and the Clear Spring Garden Club.

Police don't know why Moore's truck crossed the center line on U.S. 40 just east of Clear Spring, where it collided with Boyd's car at about 5 p.m. Friday. Boyd died at the scene of the accident. Moore died later Friday at Washington County Hospital.

"It was just an accident. I guess we'll never know what happened," said Moore's mother, Cindy Moore.

In addition to his school activities, Robert was an avid skier and worked part-time in the retail shop at Whitetail Mountain Resort near Mercersburg, Pa.

He was getting ready to start his Eagle Scout project. In October, Moore's team took second place in a Future Farmers of America contest in Louisville, Ky. Moore didn't live on a farm so he handled the business end of the project, his mother said.

"He was such a busy boy," Cindy Moore said. "He was everybody's best friend. He was a good kid and never gave us any trouble."

On Saturday, a steady stream of friends and family stopped by the house on Big Pool Road, where Robert Moore had lived with his 11-year-old sister and parents.

"He was a real good kid," said Cindy Downs, whose son knew Robert through the Boy Scouts.

Downs also knew Boyd through the Clear Spring Garden Club, of which Downs is president. Boyd belonged to the group since it was formed about five years ago.

"She's going to be dearly missed," Downs said.

"Patty was a wonderful supporter of Clear Spring and her church. She was always doing something," Phyllis Boyd said of her aunt.

Patricia Boyd is survived by a brother, sister and three nieces.

A memorial service for Boyd is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's United Church of Christ in Clear Spring.

Cindy Moore said there are tentative plans to hold Robert's viewing Tuesday and funeral Wednesday.

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