Moores, Silas Wilmont | 1992

Silas Wilmot Moores

Silas Wilmot Moores was born in Freshwater, Carbonear, on December 8, 1890. At the age of 14, Silas left school to work in his father’s business, W & J Moores, a fisheries supply and exporting business.

In 1941, Silas started his own fresh fish business,The Harbour Grace Fishing Company Limited. Although he continued to sit on the board of directors of the family firm, Silas left its day-to-day operation to his brothers in 1942 and established an independent business. He purchased a building owned by Munn and Co. in Harbour Grace and started North Eastern Fish Industries Ltd. Silas pioneered the processing of fresh-frozen fish in Conception Bay and later built fish plants at Old Perlican, Port de Grave and Ferryland. To facilitate the marketing of fish products in the United States, he established a subsidiary in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and used refrigeration ships to transport the frozen fish.

An avid sports fan and community leader, he helped build the Harbour Grace Stadium which was later named the S. W. Moores Memorial Stadium in his honour.

He died in July 1962.

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