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WILLIAM FIELDING NOBLE

Born: Januaey 10, 1940
Died: January 4, 2014

Bill Noble was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, son of Dutton Noble '27 and Elizabeth Taylor Fielding Noble. He graduated from Taft School.

Bill was a member of Timothy Dwight where he was hockey captain and on the football and swimming teams. He also played freshman hockey. He was a member of St. Elmo and majored in Industrial Administration.

After Yale, Bill obtained his M.B.A. in accounting and finance from New York University in 1966. His military service was in the Army Reserve. Bill then worked for J.P. Morgan Bank while, in his own words, "I enjoyed the single life on the Upper East Side."

In 1970 Bill returned to Connecticut and was employed at Ensign-Bickford Company in Simsbury as controller, a position he held for 13 years. He then joined a young entrepreneurial software development company Cadkey, Inc., as controller and chief financial officer. The company flourished and was purchased by a large firm in 1990. Thereafter, Bill set up his own practice, Tailored Financial Services, to assist companies to grow their businesses.

He retired in 2008 after success with his own firm.

Bill resided in Avon and was very active in the community. He was president of the Avon United Fund from 1984 to 1990, a member of the board of Greater Hartford United Way for 10 years, and active in the Avon-Canton Rotary Club for over 30 years.

Long a bachelor, Bill married Linda Lawton in 2006. She brought to their marriage 2 grown sons and "two adorable grandchildren." As he wrote in our 50th Reunion Book:

"Linda was heavily involved as the Human Resource Manager of a medium sized, regional non-profit organization, The Arc of Farmington Valley.

"In the somewhat recent past Linda and I have taken paddle-wheeler trips down the lower Mississippi, and the Ohio, Cumberland, and Tennessee Rivers. For many long stretches there was not even a house - just raw beauty. Among our many land tours were several Civil War sites - a real bonus. What struck me most was that our rivers are like a set of arteries across our land and therefore contributed enormously to our Western expansion.

"Linda and I also enjoyed riverboat trips overseas. We boated in 6 European countries and from Moscow to St. Petersburg in Russia."

Bill was an active skier at Sugarbush and Mad River in Vermont for more than 3 decades, an indoor tennis player and a kayaker on class 2 and class 3 rivers in New England and Pennsylvania. Bill wrote,

"My greatest pleasure is kayaking down a stretch of the Farmington River, which is federally designated 'Wild and Scenic'. It flows down a 5% grade through a pine forest and sleepy meadows sprinkled with wildflowers and a variety of birds including an occasional Great Blue Heron. At times I will pause and take in the soft sounds and the visual beauty."

Sadly, less than 4 years after their marriage, Linda was diagnosed with cancer and died 8 months later on June 1, 2010. Bill's 50th Reunion essay concluded: "Life is surely difficult without Linda by my side."

Bill was an active class member and a loyal Yale football fan. He attended our 50th Reunion and most of the previous ones. Bill maintained close contact with his T.D. classmates Tad Odgen, Paul Bschorr, Jim Slavin, Ken Cascone, and Joe Schwartz and their wives. Tad and Jan Ogden hosted a memorable mini-reunion for the group including Bill in Stonington, Connecticut in June 2011 at which the guest of honor was Prof. Brad Westerfield's widow Carolyn.

After Linda's death Bill lived alone in Avon. In addition to his two stepchildren and 2 step-grandchildren, Bill was survived by his cousin Miriam Niederman of Bethany, Connecticut. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Watertown. The family asked that donations in Bill's memory be made to Avon-Canton Rotary Club.

Ken Cascone supplied information for this essay.




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