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Moser remembered by Washington County Planning Commission members for his kindness, knowledge

April 08, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

Bernard L. "Bernie" Moser was remembered by his colleagues on the Washington County Planning Commission during their meeting Tuesday for his knowledge, kindness and dedication.

Moser, 67, died Saturday after a two-month battle with lung cancer, according to his obituary.

"He was a mentor to everybody here," Planning Commission Chairman George Anikis said.

Planning Commissioner Clint Wiley said it was Moser who made him feel comfortable when he began his term on the commission.

"I think he was the first person to just talk to me," Wiley said.

Moser served several terms on the planning commission and is a past chairman of the body.

Several planning commissioners said Moser's knowledge both of county history and planning procedures made him a priceless member of the group.

"I always joked and called him the walking dictionary," Commission Vice Chairman Terry Reiber said.

"I think he knew the history of every property in Washington County," Commissioner Linda Parrish said.

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Moser had been absent from the last several planning commission meetings as his health deteriorated, Washington County Planning Director Michael C. Thompson said.

Thompson said his friendship with Moser goes back at least 20 years, when Moser worked for Allegheny Power and Thompson worked in Frederick County.

Thompson said he most respected Moser's dedication to the responsibilities of the planning commission, even if the two didn't agree on all the issues.

"I don't care what their thoughts are as long as they take the job seriously. And he did," Thompson said.

Moser's replacement will be appointed by the Washington County Commissioners.

Planning Commissioners serve five-year terms.

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