ST. LOUIS – “The Governor” of north St. Louis is gone: Samuel L. Moore III, alderman of the Fourth Ward, died today (Feb. 25, 2020). He was 71.The cause of death was not immediately known, but Moore had been ill for some time and suffered a heart attack about this time last year. However, he was able to be present on April 16, 2019, for his swearing-in at the Board of Aldermen for his 13th year and third term. Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed expressed his emotions in a statement Monday.
“I’m so deeply saddened at the loss of my spiritual advisor, best friend and brother, Alderman Sam Moore. Words cannot express the sorrow in my heart with the loss of such a dear friend. Please hold his family and our entire City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen in your heart during this difficult time,” Reed said.
Mayor Lyda Krewson said in a statement: “I’m heartbroken to learn of the passing of 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore. Sam was a dedicated representative, a man of the people, and a good friend.“I send my sincere condolences to his family, his friends, and his constituents whom he served with honor. I am thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Just last year, I had the privilege of presenting Alderman Moore with an official Mayor Proclamation, declaring October 13 ‘Elder Samuel L. Moore, III Day’ in the City of St. Louis.”
“May he rest in peace,” Krewson said.
Calling Moore a friend and a true representative of the people of St. Louis, Ward 20 Alderwoman and mayoral candidate Cara Spencer said it truly had been an honor to sit next to him for four years.
“You could always count on Sam to be on the side of the underserved, always,” she said. “It was never even a question, and he was uncompromisingly on the right side of issues. He never wavered, and I could lean over and ask him anything.
“He was a true statesman in that regard. He was always on the side of people, and he always put people and human interest first, no matter what.”
Twenty-Sixth Ward Alderwoman Shameem Clark-Hubbard agreed.
“Our community has suffered a great loss today, a man of God, a giant, who had an unwavering level of commitment to his neighborhood, his ward and his city,” she said.
Clark-Hubbard’s relationship with the witty, outspoken alderman spanned decades. She had previously lived in Moore’s ward, where he told her stories about her late grandfather, Joseph Clark, a former alderman in the Fourth Ward.
“Whether you agreed with his politics or not, you could not take away his commitment to this city,” she added.
Mary Goodman, Reed’s Legislative Director, noted that Moore had served as Fourth Ward Alderman since April 2007 and had lived in the ward for more than 60 years.
His motto as an alderman was, “Working together for change to continue to restore Ward 4,” Goodman said.
Alderman Moore had said that his favorite part of being an alderman was helping his constituents get free LED lights and sidewalk projects. When asked how he thought people would describe him, he responded: “passionate, personable and progressive.”
Jeanette Culpepper of FASS (Families Advocating Safe Streets) remembered Moore with gratitude.
“Anything he could help you with he would. I will miss his wisdom, input and influence,” said Culpepper, who grew up with Moore and attended Williams Temple Church with him. She holds her annual candlelight service for homicide victims at the church.
Moore was vice president of FASS and did not make it to the observance this year for the first time in 27 years.
“He had a passion for those victims – especially the kids – and he would look forward to that candlelight vigil,” Culpepper said, noting that he had texted her during the service this year and said he was too weak to make it.
“He always helped me, so if he couldn’t make, he must have really been sick, because he was willing to do whatever he could,” she said.