The Moreau Catholic High School community mourns the tragic loss of alumnus Oscar Frayer ’16. His sudden passing in a fatal car crash on March 23rd just days after playing in the men’s NCAA tournament with Grand Canyon University has stunned the whole community.
When Oscar came to Moreau Catholic as a freshman, he changed the culture of Moreau Catholic generally and MCHS boys’ basketball specifically, says Head Boys’ Basketball Coach Frank Knight III. Oscar led the team in turning their record around to become a winning team, eventually leading the team to become North Coast Section (NCS) Champions in 2014 (Division 4) and 2016 (Division 3) and state runners-up in 2014.
Oscar was without a doubt a star basketball player, stunning crowds with his impressive dunks, but he was so much more than that. Known for lighting up a room with his smile, Oscar exemplified many of the values Moreau Catholic holds dear. Counseling Department Chair, Stacey (Raimondi) Ferreira ’86, was Oscar’s academic adviser and adds that “everyone really admired and looked up to Oscar as a role model and figure on our campus, but he had the incredible ability to make every single person he interacted with feel important and special.” She shares examples of times that Oscar would help her mentor younger students who admired him by reminding them that they had to put in the work in the classroom first and foremost. This was something Oscar lived because working on basketball came more easily to him, but he had to work “extra hard” on his academics. “As good as an athlete as he was, he was a much better human being,” says Ferreira.
English teacher, Rick Spinelli, who taught Oscar, speaks of him as a “game-changer to the entire Moreau Catholic Community.” He created a pathway for many students who had not considered a Catholic education before seeing Oscar excel at Moreau. LJ Anderson ’18, friend and teammate, explained that “Oscar opened a door for me and many other students to be able to receive an amazing education and, ultimately, greater opportunities.” Oscar graduated and went to GCU but remained constantly connected to his family, friends, and community in the Bay Area.
The Moreau Catholic community is blessed to have known Oscar, to have benefited greatly to this day from the impact he made to our school community, and to have seen his boundless potential just beginning to flourish. We pray as one Mariner family for the souls of Oscar, his sister Andrea Moore, and the third victim of the collision. We also offer prayers for the recovery of the two officers injured in the crash, and for peace for Oscar and Andrea’s mother and their family.