Greenwich resident Eugene James Moye Sr., the first African-American police officer in town, died at Greenwich Hospital on March 14. He was 89.
Moye was born in New York. He served as a sergeant in the Army Corps of Engineers in the Pacific. After returning home, Moye joined the Greenwich police force as its first African-American officer. In 1967, he received the Clark Award for his work with the first Youth Division of the Greenwich Police Department.
After retirement, Moye became a social studies teacher at Western Junior High School and earned a masters in history from Bridgeport University. He was an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeanette Belanger; four children, Neria, Susan, Dee Moye Hoban and Eugene Moye; and five grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 17, at 11:30 a.m. at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home. Burial will be private. Memorial donations can be made to the Friends of the Cos Cob Library.
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