Dr. Roy Moreash, an outstanding scholar at the Halifax County Academy and later Dalhousie University, graduated from medical school in 1931, receiving the Lindsay prize for highest standing in medicine. After several years of general practice in Cape Breton and Kentville, he moved to Berwick in 1934 where he served the community and area as physician and surgeon for the next forty years.
Dr. Moreash was keenly interested in athletics and participated extensively in a number of sports throughout his lifetime. As a youth in Halifax, he participated in competitive rowing and was a member of a very successful rowing team who was eventually inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame. As well, he was a keen amateur tennis player and had a great love of golf in the later years of his life.
Despite an extremely busy medical practice, Dr. Moreash was a very ardent promoter and supporter of many sports and numerous athletic teams in Berwick during his many years of resident in Berwick. Roy was very generous in offering his support to athletes of all ages and abilities and could be as excited about the exploits of the local high school girl’s basketball team as the most skilled Senior Hockey team. He was particularly adept at organization and served extremely ably as the chief executive for a number of high profile teams during nearly thirty years of Berwick’s sports history. In particular, Dr. Moreash is most remembered for his association with the Berwick Bruins Senior Hockey Club – a team which had an amazing run of success for a small town during a particularly strong period of senior hockey in Nova Scotia. He served as President of this club during the turbulent pre-war period of the late 1930’s. With astute recruiting, organization and financial management, the Berwick Bruins were Nova Scotia Senior Champions in 1936 – 37 and runners up in 1937 – 38. It was also Dr. Moreash who instituted the Orlay Bligh Memorial Trophy at Acadia University to honour one of the best known athletes in Berwick’s history and a key performer on the Bruins hockey team.
Dr. Moreash was later the President of the Berwick Intermediate “A” hockey club which won the Nova Scotia Championship three times and the Berwick Apple Kings which won the Maritime Junior “A” hockey championship in 1956 – 57. As well as his direct support and managerial roles with these and other teams, Roy was also an enthusiastic and dedicated promoter for the construction and development of a number of the excellent athletic facilities that are now evident in Berwick.
For these considerable contributions to the sports heritage of Berwick over nearly thirty years, Dr. Roy A. Moreash is inducted into the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame as a builder.
Inducted June 1999