Take care of yourself

Joey Moss was a part of the fabric of Edmonton Sports from the day Wayne Gretzy brought him to the locker room, until the day Joey retired. Even when the Oilers we less than brilliant, as season ticket holders, we looked forward to watching Joey sing the national anthem. His sincerity and enthusiasm were inspiring. He brought the same kind of joy and appreciation for life that so many of our Winnifred Stewart – ESC members bring to our lunches. Joey was awarded the “Seventh Man Award” by the NHL Alumni association, presented to him by none other than the Great One himself. He received the Edmonton Mayor’s Award in 2007, has a mural in his image in downtown Edmonton, and is an inductee in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. In 2012 he was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, an award that honours “significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.” Born with  Down Syndrome, Joey broke through the barriers faced by so many of those who deal with the same and similar challenges. No wonder he is seen as some one to emulate.  

While COVID-19 has kept us from being together, ESC continues to reach out to our Thursday lunch gang. As they mourn the loss of their friend and hero, we grieve with them because we have a lost a member of our community, who brought light and love to so many.