CSC rugby community will miss ‘Moose’

Keith C. Page, known as “Moose” and as the founder of rugby at Castleton State College, died March 7 at the age of 56 in Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. It was reported that Page had been on a run when he suffered his heart attack, which led to bleeding in his brain.    

Page was a respected community member in both the Rutland and Castleton area. In addition to starting rugby at Castleton, he coached the sport at Rutland High School.
The Castleton State College rugby community is feeling down these days after the death of the program’s creator.  
Senior Savanna Jean, who plays rugby at CSC, said his passing is difficult.
“Even though I did not know him personally, through rugby his death has an impact on all of us. He was the founder who brought all of us together. He is the father of our family,” she said.
Freshman Samantha Raymond knew of Page more personally through the game of rugby. She expressed how involved he was with the teams and community and how he touched people’s hearts.
“Sadly I did not know him outside of rugby, but he was always willing to help with anything. He was always willing to help ref our games when we had home games … He had so much love for the game and the team. He left a good memory and touched every person he ever met. It’s going to be sad not seeing him on the rugby pitch, but I know the men’s team will play hard and have him in their hearts as they play.”
Senior Bridget Curran also praised Page.
“He was the nicest guy in the world. He was so patient,” she said.  

To pay homage to his work, sophomore Mikaela Poley is creating a t-shirt to be sold to establish a scholarship in his name.
“We wanted to give back to the community,” said Poley.
The t-shirt is designed with a picture of Page on the front and a quote on the back which reads, “Rugby – the game they play in heaven.” On the sleeve are the words “Moose Never Forgotten 8/26/1957- 3/7/2014.”
The shirts will be sold at Scorpion Bowl on April 26.

Samantha Raymond contributed to this report.

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