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Class of 1976
Posted on: 8/10/2011 12:15:08 AM
Jan. 22, 1959-July 29, 2011
Danny K. Moy, a retired state trooper and charitable soul from Monroeville, died last week of a heart attack, one week after leaving the force. He was 52.
One of four boys raised in Bloomfield by Polynesian restaurant owners, Mr. Moy had a naturally easy way with people and could light up rooms from police barracks to hockey rinks. Stories abound of a man who had an outsized personality and a propensity to do favors quietly and out of the limelight.
Mr. Moy attended Peabody High School until his family moved. He then made enough of an impression to be named Gateway High School's "best dancer" by graduation in 1976. He went to the Pennsylvania State Police Academy soon thereafter and served in barracks in Erie, Somerset, Greensburg, Newville and New Stanton, where he retired July 22 as corporal after almost three decades on the job.
He spent most of his career in Greensburg, where his son Kana "K.W." Moy, followed him onto the force. Mr. Moy coached all three of his children in hockey. Youngest son Cody started playing when he was a toddler and was clearly the best at the sport. Mr. Moy transferred to New Stanton after Cody died in a traffic accident in 2007 at age 20.
He and then-wife Kelly dedicated themselves to setting up a scholarship fund in Cody's name to help players pay for hockey equipment costs.
Mr. Moy disliked going to doctors and told few people that in the early '90s, he donated a kidney to his brother George, a cardiac surgeon who would treat heart patients for 13 more years before dying in 2005.
"He was a hero to thousands of people who never knew it," his daughter said.
In addition to his son and daughter, Mr. Moy is survived by his mother, Bo of Monroeville; former wife, Kelly of Monroeville; and brothers Peter of Santa Monica, Calif., and Steven of Monroeville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cody Moy Memorial Hockey Scholarship Fund, c/o PNC Bank, 32 Miracle Mile Shopping Center, Monroeville 15146.
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