John W. “Jack” Noble, Jr.

December 14, 2018

John W. “Jack” Noble, Jr.

John W. “Jack” Noble, Jr. – in Winchester, December 14th at eighty three years of age.  Beloved husband of Maureen E. (Joyce) Noble.  Cherished father of Kathryn M. “Kathy” Noble of NH, John W. “Jack” Noble III of Woburn, Mary E. “Beth” Torrey, her husband Bruce of Winchester, and Stephen B. Noble, his wife Mary Ellen of NH.  Devoted grandfather of John W. “Jay” IV, and Jeffrey Noble, Sara, Patrick, and Ellie Noble, Katie, Robbie, and Andrew Torrey.  Also survived by many dear nieces and nephews. Friends are kindly invited to gather Wednesday morning, December 19th, in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn for a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Calling hours will be held Tuesday evening at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn from 4-7 p.m. Remembrance may be made in his memory  to The Hearthstone Organization, 10 Tower Office Park #317, Woburn, MA 01801.

John W. “Jack” Noble Jr., passed away peacefully Friday, December 14th surrounded by his loving family.  The devoted husband of Maureen (Joyce) Noble for over sixty-one years was eighty-three years of age.

Born in Cambridge, Jack was the son of the late John W. and Lena (Blais) Noble and brother of the late Gertrude Mabel (Noble) Smyth. Raised and educated in Cambridge, he was a 1953 graduate of Cambridge High and Latin School. At Cambridge, he was an outstanding athlete, lettering in four sports, and quarterbacking the football team. At the University of Massachusetts, Jack was the quarterback of the football team and a starting defender on the Lacrosse team. He was a fierce competitor, yet the lesson he valued most and demonstrated throughout his life was sportsmanship.

After graduating from UMass in 1957, Jack began teaching physical education and coaching in Cambridge. Jack was the Head Football Coach at Cambridge High and Latin from 1957-69. From 1961-72, Jack also coached Lacrosse at Tufts and Harvard Universities. In 1970, Jack was promoted to Director of Elementary Physical Education in Cambridge. During his tenure, the program doubled in size and was at the forefront of instituting fitness alternatives to traditional sports in physical education. In the early 70’s, Jack extended his involvement in sports to include officiating and became a well-respected official in both college-level Lacrosse and high school soccer. In 1982, Jack became the Head Girls’ Tennis Coach at Cambridge Latin, a program he continued to lead for the next 20 years. Over those years, he was recognized by the Boston Globe and The City of Cambridge as “Coach of the Year.” He was also and early inductee into the City of Cambridge’s “Sports Hall of Fame.” He was recognized for his enthusiastic and positive approach to sports and competition, instilling a love for play and making the experience fun!

A pivotal moment in Jack’s life occurred when he was seventeen. On a Friday night gathering at the Wal-Lex Skating Rink, Jack was introduced to a young lady from Woburn, Maureen Joyce. The rest is history as they continued to date, and were married five years later, within days of their college graduations. They journeyed together, as best friends and loving partners for the next sixty-one years, with Jack continuing to affectionately refer to Maureen as “my bride.”

Jack and Maureen cherished their home on Winter Pond in Winchester, where they raised four wonderful children to whom they were devoted. Family was very important to Maureen and Jack.  They were actively involved in all their children’s academic and sporting endeavors and shared in many familial activities throughout the years.  Always desiring to have a place to relax with his family, Jack provided a country retreat, first in the NH Lakes Region, and later in Benton, NH. Jack taught his family to waterski, kayak, swim, play golf and tennis in the summers and ski, skate, sled, and play card games in the winter. Jack and Maureen’s home was always open for guests and family. Many lifelong memories were created there for so many over the years.

Not surprisingly, Jack was referred to as “Coach” by his eight grandchildren, their friends and eventually just about everyone. He continued to be active and taught them the activities he had taught their parents. To their delight, he would regularly ski and golf with them. Coach and Nana traveled to be regular spectators at many of their games and school events, and Jack could often be heard enthusiastically coaching from the sidelines. Coach loved them all dearly and encouraged them to live life to its fullest!

Even while he battled with dementia later in life, Jack maintained his lifelong optimism and was an inspiration to his grandchildren, family and all who met him. Jack’s family is extremely appreciative for the exceptional care he received during the past few years at The Hearthstone in Woburn. Any donations in his memory may be directed to: The Hearthstone Organization, 10 Tower Office Park #317, Woburn, MA 01801.

Friends are kindly invited to gather Wednesday morning, December 19th, in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn for a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Calling hours will be held Tuesday evening at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn from 4-7 p.m.

 

Friends are kindly invited to gather Wednesday morning, December 19th, in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn for a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Calling hours will be held Tuesday evening at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn from 4-7 p.m. Remembrance may be made in his memory  to The Hearthstone Organization, 10 Tower Office Park #317, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Dear Maureen & Family,

    My sincere condolences on your loss of Jack. I never had the pleasure of knowing him, but have read all about what a wonderful, amazing person he was. With deepest sympathy.

    Marie Carey Hill

  2. I knew Jack as a respected administrator in the Cambridge Public Schools. After he had retired I began to know him as the CRLS Varsity tennis coach of my daughter Lily for three years. He was a solid and even tempered coach, who was kind and thoughtful, often giving her a ride home on his way through Medford after practices and games. Lily and I will never forget his generosity. We want his family to know that he made a positive difference in our lives.

  3. So sorry to hear of Coach’s passing. He became very dear to my heart as the nanny of his 3 grandchildren. Although years have past I have always had a special place in my heart for both he and nana…
    May he forever rest in peace..
    With love,
    Dawn

  4. Jack ,
    We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our prayers are for you and your family.
    Jimmy, Susan Gabriela Gondolfe

  5. Noble family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    The Culhanes

  6. Charlene Culhane

    Jay and family: We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts are with you.

    Charlene and Kevin Cugno

  7. A special person in my life died this week. I’m blessed to have many cherished memories with my grandfather “Coach” almost too many to list. He taught me how to play just about every sport under the sun. In my early years we went on fun skiing trips all over NH with my younger cousins.

    In middle school coach taught me how to play lacrosse, a sport he excelled at in college. On the days I wasn’t playing with my team I drilled shooting and passing with him on the field. I was ultimately able to score some goals at my games and achieved a level of success that I wouldn’t have without his investment in me.

    Coach was my biggest supporter and fan during my high school wrestling days. He attended EVERY single match I ever had including all the 12 hour long tournaments. He saw me evolve from a JV wrestler to a 2x state place winner. He even attended of my early brazilian JiuJitsu tournaments though I’m pretty sure he had no clue what was going on!

    Golf and football are sports we both enjoyed playing and watching together. Every time I’m at the driving range or watching a football game I’m reminded of all the fun times we shared.

    We share the same name which I am proud to own. Our bond was as strong as can be. The past couple years have been difficult dealing with his sickness, though I’m happy we played one last game of catch football not too long ago when I visited him. I’m happy he is no longer suffering and that he’s in heaven now. Love you Coach.

  8. Lorraine Canty Dunnett

    Jack Noble, one of the finest…
    Teachers, Coach, Administrator and Mentor . Jack hired me right out of college to teach
    PE in Cambridge .
    He was the Best
    Boss anyone could
    Work for…. always
    Positive & Upbeat!
    He certainly had a huge influence on me and my career,
    As a teacher & Coach. The time spent in Cambridge
    was special because of Jack Noble.
    Thank you Jack !

    Lorraine Canty Dunnett

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