Michael C. Noble, 62, of Boston, Mass., and formerly of East Greenwich, died peacefully surrounded by family on Aug. 17 after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the loving husband of Pamela Shoor Noble for 40 years, and leaves behind his son Matthew, daughter in-law Emily, and their daughter Elise, of Newton, Mass; his son Kyle and daughter in-law Katherine of Denver, Colo.; and his daughter Hillary of Charlestown, Mass. A long-time resident of East Greenwich, Mr. Noble resided in both Boston and Sandwich, Mass., from 2011.
Born in Detroit, Mich., Mr. Noble is the son of the late Ruth (Raftrey) and George D. Noble, Jr. He graduated from Weston (Mass.) High School in 1970 and Harvard College in 1974. He spent much of his professional career with Fleet Financial Group in a variety of senior leadership positions, and for the past 15 years served as managing partner of Camden Consulting Group and Keystone Partners, both of Boston, Mass., working primarily as a leadership coach.
A great leader himself, Michael was an involved community member and generous philanthropist, bringing his talents to charitable organizations including Rhode Island Special Olympics, Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Summer’s End Committee in East Greenwich, the EG Youth Soccer Organization, and Rhode Island’s Public Education Fund. Following his diagnosis, Mr. Noble was a passionate advocate for pancreatic cancer research, rallying family, friends, and colleagues to raise funds and awareness.
Michael’s wife, children, and grandchild were the loves of his life. He treasured his time with them, and enjoyed traveling and hiking, relaxing on the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard, and rooting for Boston sports teams. Mr. Noble is survived by 12 siblings: Sister Cynthia Noble of W. Roxbury, Mass., Kathryn Triplett of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ruth Noble of Plymouth, Mass., Mary Klotz of Derry, N.H., Ann Strapp of Needham, Mass., Marilyn Gurney of Uxbridge, Mass., Elizabeth Allen of North Salem, N.Y., Mark Noble of South Kingstown, R.I., Robert Noble of Norfolk, Mass., Thomas Noble of Newbury Park, Calif., Brian Noble of Franklin, Mass., and Christopher Noble of Needham, Mass. He is predeceased by siblings Patrick Noble, Cheryl Dewire, and George D. Noble III.
A public memorial service will be held at Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, Mass. 02138 on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Attn: Karen Sveda, DFCI, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, Mass. 02445. Memo: Dr. Wolpin’s Research in Pancreatic Cancer Fund GI5071. Contributions may be made online at www.mikenoblefund.com, entering Michael Noble in the “In Memory Of” field. See more here.