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

Michael Smith

I'm very sorry to read about the loss of Sir Patrick Moore. A brilliant man. I'm glad he was with Ptolemy at the very end but he will be sorely missed.


Rick Martin-Bacon

If ever there was someone an incredible argument for immortality it was Sir Patrick.
He was a superb educator, a shameless enthusiast for his subject and a hell of a nice bloke with it.


"But we were lucky enough to get one." Perfect summing up of everything this great man was, Brian. He inspired and enthralled me when I was a kid (when Astronomy was in black and white, and when you turned off your telly you were left with a little white star in the middle of your screen!) and has continued to enthrall me to this day.
His monocle will be sadly missed!

Macclesfield Astronomical Society

A sad farewell to one of our Honorary Members and a true Legend of Astronomy. A Star died today..


Watched Sky at Night in the 60s as a boy ..started making my own telescopes out of cardboard tubes old lenses ... never forget the joy when saw Jupiter its bands and its moons through a contraption held together with sticky tape
now 40 plus years later.. each nigh when t its clear ..I look at the stars through quality binoculars ...
Thank you Patrick .

Dan Jackson

Very sad news. RIP.

Helen Lorenz

Dear Brian, so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend Sir Patrick Moore. Thinking about you at your time of loss. Rest in peace Sir Patrick Moore. x Helen

Louise J Hathaway

What a beautiful tribute given by Brian May. It is such a sad loss of someone so intelligent and passionate about the universe.
I am so proud to call Brian my hero the words used in Sir Patricks statement are so thoughtful and touching .
RIP Sir Moore x


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