LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A unique tribute came Tuesday as a team and the south Louisville community said goodbye to a beloved football coach.
The sudden death of Pleasure Ridge Park High School Defensive Line Coach Gary Moore came as a shock. The coach died Friday morning of a massive heart attack at just 57 years old.
In those 57 years, Coach Moore made a big impression at several schools and everyone knew, there was one stop he had to make.
"To talk about Gary you have to mention football first, he loved to coach," said friend and fellow PRP coach Rob Reader.
In life and even death, Moore was all about the game.
The well-known teacher and assistant coach for several schools over the years was also known for his big bear hug, contagious smile and can-do attitude.
His wife Kathy Moore told WAVE 3 News, "He just wanted you to bring out your best and be your best."
Friday night's game against Meade County came with stunning news for the PRP players, as they found out Coach Moore had suffered from a heart attack and died. Wearing black pants and helmets in his honor, the team played with a heavy heart and dedicated their win to coach.
"His presence was felt that night that's for sure," said Reader. "And we brought him the game ball, because that night his wife Kathy before I left her, she said, please bring me the game ball and I said absolutely."
Kathy knew there was one other thing she had to do for her husband. Gary Moore loved playing football for the Valley Vikings when he went to high school there. He jokingly told her if he died, he wanted just one thing.
Kathy recalled their conversation, "I want to take a final trip around Viking Harbor because he loved Valley High School."
Reader added, "He wanted one more trip around the track."
Valley and leaders in south Louisville worked together to make sure Gary Moore got back to the field one more time.
"It was just an amazing feeling and I knew that he was there watching us and he was
with us," Moore's widow said.
His colleagues are certain coach will stay with them too.
"He would want me to go coach my tail off and help these kids succeed," Reader said. "Not only on the field but in the classroom and life too, that's what Gary would want."
Moore also leaves behind three children and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Friday at the Binet School where Moore was a teacher.