Corporal Robert (Bob) Gerard Noble, Sr.

Robert Gerard (Bob) Noble of Quincy, MA, passed honorably in his sleep on Aug. 7, 2018. He was 92.

Born Dec. 16, 1925, Bob was a World War II Veteran of the United States Army Air Corps, 87th Infantry “Golden Acorn” Division, United States Air Force Reserve, Ex-Prisoner of War, and a Bronze Star recipient.

Robert Noble
Robert Noble

He was captured by the Germans two days before his 19th birthday on Dec. 16, 1944 in Alsace-Lorraine, France.  He was liberated by the British Army 122 days later on April 16, 1945.  He was a proud veteran and served as Past Commander of the Massachusetts State and Southeastern Chapter of the American Ex-POW Organization and was a member of the Cyril P. Morrisette Post 294, American Legion.

Bob returned home to Dorchester, MA where he met and married the love of his life, the late Gloria A. Noble (Dunn).  They were married 63 years.

He was a proud and active alumni member of the Boston College Class of 1951.  In his professional life, Bob was an industrial engineer and an employee of the United States Postal Service.  In 1952, they crossed the bridge and raised their family in Quincy, MA.  Bob was the patriarch of his family and we all learned from his example.

He was the loving father of Robert Noble, Jr. (Donna), Alicia Gardner (late William Sr.), Nancy Noble (Charles McLaughlin) and Andrea White (Roger Sr.).  He was the treasured grandfather of Christopher Noble (Kelly), Elizabeth Gatz (Steve) Nancy DeLisle (Eugene), Kathryn Noble, William Gardner Jr. (Haley), Robert Gardner (Caroline), Julia White, Roger White Jr, Matthew McLaughlin (Beth) and Peter McLaughlin (Lauren), great-grandfather and friend of Macayla Noble, Devon and Meredith Gatz, Andrew and Nathan DeLisle, Desmond and Quinn Gardner, Baby Gardner due in November, Ben, Tyler, Emily, Ansley, Louisa, Winn and Johnny McLaughlin and great-great grandfather of Aliyah Noble.

He is predeceased by his loving parents Raymund and Agnes Noble and his brother and sister-in-law Paul and Fran Noble.  He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Marie and Frank Stapleton, sisters-in-law Josephine Noble and Alicia Coletti (late David Sr.) and adored by 19 nieces, nephews and their children.

Bob truly loved and believed deeply in his faith, community and country.

He was a proud and faithful parishioner of Saint Albert the Great Parish in Weymouth, MA where he was a member of the Voice of the Faithful and an active participant of their successful perpetual vigil to keep the parish open.  Bob could regularly be found at their Saturday evening Mass and other various events.

Always with camera in hand, there wasn’t an event in the City of Quincy that Bob missed.  For almost 30 years Bob documented both Quincy’s history and current events through his work for the Quincy Sun, Quincy Access Television and for his own personal joy.

He was an active participant in many civic organizations including the Quincy Christmas Parade Committee (35 year members and 2014 Grand Marshal), Quincy First Night Committee (10 years), Quincy City-Wide and Ward 2 Democratic Committees (life-long member), Quincy Access Television Board of Directors, Quincy Historical Society and the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Together, Bob and Gloria were the recipients of many awards, including the Jewish War Veterans Citizen of the Year, Quincy Sun Citizen of the Year, Elks Distinguished Citizen Award, Paul D. Harold Award, Elizabeth Betty Swanton Community Service Award and the Dennis F. Ryan Democrat of the Year Award.

On National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, April 9, 2015, Bob had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.  Surrounded by 40 family members, friends and hundreds of spectators, Bob proudly remembered and represented his fellow Ex-POWs in what was moving and proud moment in Bob’s life.

Friends and family are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday, 3-7 p.m. at Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 10 a.m. prior to the Funeral Mass in Saint Albert the Great Church, 1130 Washington St, Weymouth, MA at 11 a.m. followed by a burial with full military honors at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy, MA.

Due to family allergies, in lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Cyril P. Morrisette Post 294 Attn: Robert Lewis, 81-83 Liberty St., Quincy, MA 02169 (donations will benefit their scholarship fund) or St. Albert the Great Parish, 1130 Washington St., Weymouth, MA 02189.

A remembrance of Bob’s life will be held immediately following the burial at The Neighborhood Club, 27 Glendale Rd, Quincy, MA.

See www.keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

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