Sir Patrick Moore: Brian May Quote

Sir Patrick Moore: Statement from Julia Knight, Peter Cattermole, David McCahearty, Brian May, Iain Nicolson, and Patrick’s staff and friends.

We are sad to announce that the distinguished astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore passed away peacefully at 12.25 pm this afternoon, at his home in Selsey, at the age of 89.   After a short spell in hospital last week, it was determined that no further treatment would benefit him, and it was his wish to spend his last days in his own home, Farthings, where he today passed on, in the company of close friends and carers and his cat Ptolemy. 

Over the past few years, Patrick, an inspiration to generations of astronomers, fought his way back from many serious spells of illness and continued to work and write at a great rate, but this time his body was too weak to overcome the infection which set in, a few weeks ago.  He was able to perform on his world record-holding TV Programme  “The Sky at Night’ right up until the most recent episode.  His executors and close friends plan to fulfil his wishes for a quiet ceremony of interment, but a farewell event is planned for what would have been Patrick’s 90th birthday in March 2013. 

Patrick’s executors do not wish to make any further statement for the time being, but are setting up a website for well-wishers to post tributes to Patrick: 

The Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Website -

In addition, it was Patrick’s wish, as a great animal lover, for donations to be made to Cats Protection on his behalf - / / 0845 371 2734

Queen member Brian May, a close friend of Sir Patrick Moore, and along with astrophysicist Chris Lintott  co-author of two books with Sir Patrick, ‘Bang! The Complete History of the Universe’ and most recently, ‘The Cosmic Tourist’.

May refers to Sir Patrick as a dear friend and a kind of father figure to me,’ and paid tribute to Sir Patrick writing:

‘Patrick will be mourned by the many to whom he was a caring uncle, and by all who loved the delightful wit and clarity of his writings, or enjoyed his fearlessly eccentric persona in public life. 

‘Patrick is irreplaceable. There will never be another Patrick Moore.  But we were lucky enough to get one.’

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Sir Patrick Moore: Brian May Quote

John Haley

I feel very sad to hear this news. However, I am thankful that Sir Patrick Moore shared his vast knowledge of our glorious universe.

Robin Harden

In life, Sir Patrick glowed with the radiance and magnificence of his beloved night sky and now, in death, he can touch the sky. RIP Sir Patrick.

Lisa Sinclair (Australia)

Sorry to here of the sad passing of Sir Patrick Moore, a real Gentleman. Rest In Peace.

Rob Oxlade

I, like my father showed me, showed my son the stars, the moon and the many other planets we learned about from Sir Patrick Moore, inspired by a genius, an entertainer, a teacher, a gentleman and an inspiration to millions more. Thank you. May your memory and enthusiasm live on through those generations who learned from you and far beyond.
Rest In Peace Sir Patrick.

Christoph Malin

You are now, where we look up at each night - in the most starry sky imaginable. May it rain stars to you, Sir. Rest in Peace.

Beryl Phelps

I first met Patrick when he signed a seal petition I organised and some years later I devised a ballet, Lyra's Dream, around his compositions and he was thrilled. I was honoured that he attended the ballet's premiere in celebration of his 80th birthday. I will miss Patrick's kindness, his genorosity of spirit and his enthusiasm for life but most of all I will miss his friendship. A great man - a great loss

Yvonne Turner

Incredible how such a person has so great a knowledge and influence over scientific processes. Will be a very much missed character in our times. Goodnight Sir Patrick and thankyou Dr. Brian May .

Andy Coffey

RIP Sir Patrick. Your infectious enthusiasm inspired generations to become interested in astronomy.

Farewell to a wonderful eccentric ans a true legend.


A gentleman and true genius-RIP Sir Patrick

Andy W NZ

A wonderful and inspiring English gentleman. I have been pleased to watch him all my life. I never met him but feel i 'know' him. He will always be remembered with admiration and a smile.

David Murray

I see you now dear Patrick.....I see you shine like silver. It's beautiful. R.I.P

Charlie Keeble

RIP Patrick you really encouraged me to get my own telescope. I shall miss you dearly. You like the charasmatic uncle we all wanted to sit down and listen to.

Richard Cowley

Rest in Peace Patrick,
Another Star is in the Heavens along with Neill Armstrong. XX

Prakash Patel

R.I.P Sir Patrick Moore

annie dachinger

A loss to the world, because he was a true human being who communicated his passion for our Universe so well that all could share. As the chair of Sark Astronomy Society I would like to dedicate our next Starfest to this remarkable and wonderful gentleman. Gods bless you Sir Patrick.

David gillingham

R.I.P. Sir Patrick Moore. The stars will be brighter tonight for you. We will all miss you very much indeed.

Chris Curran

A great and good giant of a man has passed from this life but will be remembered for a very long time in the history of astronomy and for his love of animals. Rest in peace Sir Patrick.

andrew mcnelly

A great man who brought astronomy to the common man , and let us enjoy the wonders of our universe... R.I.P. Sir Patrick Moore

Wendé Anne Maunder

He was a wonderful man - probably the last of the true British eccentrics and taught us SO much. Bless him, he's with the stars now - but then he always was a bright shining star. We owe a great debt to this inspiring man. Rest in Peace, Sir Patrick Moore. Your legacy lives on.

Ian Koenig

I am gutted. He was one of the great English inspirations.

I think it would be wonderful if the family could allow his home to become a museum to his work and life and a place of learning for Astronomy and Science !


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