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Gerald Braheen Moses

Gerald Braheen Moses, “Moe”, 71, of Rowley, died peacefully surrounded by his family at High Pointe Hospice House on March 26, 2018 in Haverhill after a long battle with dementia.

Jerry was born on August 9, 1946 in Yazoo City, MS to the late Samuel S. Moses and Mary Frances Moses.  He graduated from Yazoo City High School and signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox in 1964 where he was immediately placed on the forty man roster.  In 1970 Jerry received the BoSox Club’s Man of the Year Award, a prestigious honor presented annually to a Red Sox player who distinguishes himself both on and off the field.  He holds the record as the youngest Red Sox player to ever hit a home run out of Fenway Park (still regarded as one of the furthest ever).  His Major League career spanned nine seasons.  In 1970 he was voted an MLB All-Star for the Boston Red Sox. 

Jerry’s athleticism was not confined to baseball. In 1964 while he was contemplating signing a major league contract he was offered a scholarship by Paul “Bear” Bryant at The University of Alabama as a quarterback and turned down several college scholarships to sign with the Red Sox. Upon his retirement from Major League Baseball, Jerry began a second career in the food service industry with Ogden Food Service Corporation.  He became a successful business man, which led him to start his own food service and concession company, Fanfare, Inc.  After several years of expanding his company, he sold to Fine Host Corp to spend more time with his family.  Jerry was very involved in several charities.  He was awarded the prestigious “Jimmy Award” and was also the Chairman of The Genesis Fund, where he held numerous events to support and raise money for children with birth defects.  His love of baseball and children compelled him to start one of the most well-known baseball camps with his longtime friend and Red Sox Alum, Mike Andrews. 

Of all of Jerry’s accomplishments, the most important was his family. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Carolyn (Altieri) Moses, whom he married in 1968 at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Wakefield; his children, Kristin Reynolds of Ipswich and Stephen Moses and wife Meghan of Ipswich; seven grandchildren, Amy, Luke, Jack, Ben, Quinn, Tynan and McKenna; a brother, Samuel “Rollo” Moses and wife Beth of TN, and sisters Tiffie Moses and Pam Harris and husband Kenneth, all of MS.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on April 3, 2018 at 10 am at Our Lady of Hope Church, 1 Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Interment will be private. Visiting Hours are Monday, April 2 from 4-8 pm at the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers the family requests all memorial contributions be sent to The Stern Lab for Clinical Research in Neurodegenerative Disease at Boston University, www.sternneurolab.org/donate/

 

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