A community continues to mourn the loss of a grandfather. People gathered Friday at Skidmore College for a memorial service for 77-year-old Oleg Moston, who died Monday while trying to cross the Northway. Our C.J. Spang was at the emotional service and has more.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- No words. Emotion pouring out. As a community celebrates the life of an inspirational man.
"Without this love, I couldn't survive," said Oleg Moston's widow, Nina. "Because I never even expected such a big, tender, innocent love from people. It's a lesson for all of us. Everyone's heart was touched deeply, they responded to my wounded heart too."
His family called him their rock. A man who sacrificed so much, to give his family a better life. And changed the lives of many others as well.
"My dad touched a lot of people," said his son, Maxim. "He was a man that didn't have a lot words, wasn't a guy that talked a lot. But somehow, just through his being, he was able to convey what we wanted to convey and a lot of people picked up on it."
Oleg Moston, 77, worked at Skidmore College as an accompanist for the dance department, helping mold young ballet dancers.
"His work in the studio brought that incredible love of music, the obvious talent, the obvious result of a life spent in music, he gave to our dancers," said Demise Limoli, a professor of ballet at Skidmore who worked with Moston. "This is a big loss for all of us. Walking these halls is a little tough, realizing he won't be here."
While he's no longer here, family and friends say his legacy will live on through the many lives he touched, in so many different ways.
"I still don't know what's next," said Nina. "But what I know for sure, I'll never give up."