Shirley Osborn lost her boss on Monday.
Winston Moore lost his friend.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County lost a supporter.
The Boise State University Broncos lost a devoted fan.
William Moseley used to visit Moore who shared his initials for almost every Boise State football game. Hed show up an hour or more early, and the two friends would talk about the old days or whatever else came to mind. Then theyd watch the game.
He never missed one unless he had a season ticket that he wanted to use up or something, said Moore, a Boise commercial real estate developer. Hed be there Saturday of this week if he were able.
Moore met Moseley in the 1970s when both men were buying land in the area where Boise Towne Square mall now stands. Gradually, they became close friends.
Moore called Moseley one of the finest human beings Ive ever known. He admired Moseleys ability to keep employees at W.H. Moseley Co., a food brokerage firm, for decades. Moseley was a wealthy man, Moore said, partly because he had a wealth of friends.
As far as character goes, and Im not exaggerating, when it comes to scruples and ethics and morals and integrity and honor and all those wonderful adjectives, he was impeccable, Moore said. Ive never heard anyone say a negative word about Bill, and Ive never heard Bill say anything mean about anyone.
Osborn didnt imagine when she went to work for Moseley that shed still be there 30 years later. She certainly didnt expect Moseley, in his late 50s at the time, to still be active in the company as he approached 90.
But he was there every day, she said, with the memory and energy of a young person.
I thought he was old when I came to work here, you know, because he didnt have any hair, and his hair was gray, Osborn said. He totally changed my perspective on what aging meant. That, you know, 89 was not old. He was still a young man.
In 2000, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County recognized the financial and personal contributions of Moseley and his late wife, Martha, by naming the groups Garden City facility the Moseley Center. He had served on the board of directors since 1999.
Bill was a role model to our children, our staff and our community, Executive Director Colleen Braga wrote in a statement. He was my dear friend.
Moseleys obituary in the Idaho Statesman quoted his own words, which he apparently prepared before his death, encouraging support for the Boys & Girls Clubs.
In lieu of anything else, your help to this cause would be greatly appreciated, the obituary reads.
In the same obituary, Moseley called Osborn part of the glue that held (W.H. Moseley Co.) together.
Osborn said Moseleys family members plan to keep the business operating and in the family.
Moore said his friend constantly talked about his children and his grandchildren and that he talked so fast it was like a machine gun. Maybe it was frustrating sometimes when Moore had to stop Moseley and ask him to repeat what hed said. But it didnt get in the way of their friendship.
You dont hear men very often say to another man, I love you, Moore said. But I loved Bill Moseley. He was that kind of a guy. He was just very, very, very special.
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