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Cecil Moss; ECHO Tributes.

THERE was a sense of shoulder-shrugging resignation peppered with a little optimism about this great man which, when combined, produced an almost Micawberesgue faith that something would always turn up to help his beloved synagogue.

And, as the guide to the Old Hebrew Congregation on Princes Road, Liverpool, he told a story appreciated by people of all religious leanings.

The exterior of the brick building is rather dark and forbidding, but inside it is a basilican palace with a great arched roof, glorious colours and gilding.

On being confronted by all this splendour in a home of Judaism, a visiting Christian whistled under his breath, "Jesus Christ".

Cecil Isadore Moss, the eminent surgeon, enjoyed this joke very much and it complied with his passionate desire that men and women of all religions should mix in harmony and good fellowship.

The synagogue became part of the Liverpool tourist trail, in part at least because of the tours led by Mr Moss, a substantial figure with a rich voice and a grand sense of humour.

In fact, the humour was often needed as he and his fellow congregationalists sought to raise the funding for the constant flow of repairs needed to the building, which opened in 1874.

In recent times, the synagogue, in common with many others, had suffered a decline in attendances.

Through this work and his general contributions to Liverpool life, he had been appointed an ambassador for the 2008 European Capital of Culture.

To others, however, it will be Moss's work as a doctor which will be remembered longest.

He was born in London, but his family moved north and Cecil went to the George V School, Southport, before graduating in medicine at Manchester University.

This led to him working as a doctor with the Merchant Navy in the 1940s and '50s, becoming a surgeon with the rank of Lieutenant Commander on cruisers run by the P&O Line.

After that, he practised gynaecology in Whiston and St Helens hospitals, while having a private consultation room in Liverpool's Rodney Street.

Moss, who was buried in Broadgreen Cemetery, was married to Shirley.

They had a son and daughter who gave them three grandchildren. He was also very proud of his nephew, Joe Moss, a batsmen with Victoria's state team in Australia who also played for Derbyshire.

Cecil Moss

Born: October 29,1923,

Died: April 15, 2007.


Cecil Moss in his beloved Princes Road synagogue
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 25, 2007
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