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Edward Noel Jr, 80

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Edward J. Noel, Jr. died unexpectedly on September 13, 2023.  He was born in North Adams on August 28,1943 to Edward Noel, Sr. and Viola Luscia Noel.  Ed, also known as Noely, Deleon and Leonde, attended local schools and graduated from Drury High School in 1962. He was a three sport athlete in high school and, in addition to being the captain of the baseball and basketball teams he was All Berkshire in both sports in his senior year. He was also his class’s President his junior and senior year.

Ed graduated from North Adams State College with his bachelor’s degree in 1967 and his Master’s in 1984. Ed taught mathematics in the North Adams public schools for 35 years, primarily at Drury. He was chosen as the teacher of the year at Drury in 1996. In addition to teaching he was the Yearbook Advisor for 13 years and was the primary photographer for the yearbook throughout that tenure.

He was also a well-known, respected and accomplished coach in basketball and baseball. From his start as a youth coach he coached at McCann, Hoosac Valley and Drury high schools. Highlights of his coaching career include his Drury girl’s basketball winning the Division 2 Western Massachusetts title in 2001. His McCann boy’s baseball team won 3 Southern Division titles. More important than the many victories on the courts and fields were the hundreds, if not thousands, of young student-athletes who played for Ed and learned the importance of sportsmanship, competitiveness, teamwork, dedication, discipline and his overall focus on the fundamentals of mastering their sport. These lessons were always imparted in the context of the team putting in the hard work to achieve wins but understanding that they must be gracious in a loss but also realizing that if they continued to work hard and put in the necessary effort they would be successful not only in their sport but in their life. Ed instilled confidence and inspired all who he taught, coached and mentored.

Ed had many hobbies and was always active and involved. He was surrounded by friends because he was always there for them. He was an accomplished gardener, he raised rabbits to give away to many children, he was a skilled doll house constructor and also made all of the furniture and furnishings and then gave them away to youngsters. His eclectic backyard garden became known as Mass MoCA II for all of the found and refurbished objects he artistically displayed around his trellised footpaths and ponds. He was a winning golfer though he took up the sport later in life and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his five grandsons. If you wanted to have a good time then Ed was the person to be with. 

Ed is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Judith Benedetti Noel, his daughter Kimberly Christiansen and her husband Tom and his son Kirby and his wife Caralyn. He is also survived by his five grandsons, McKee and his wife Marissa, Shalor, Liam, Christian and Jack. Ed also leaves his brother Jeff and his wife Lynn and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Carol.

A private family service is planned. Public Calling hours will be held on Monday, September 18th between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm at Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral Home at its West Chapel on 521 West Main Street in North Adams.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations may be made to Berkshires’ Academy for Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS), 529 Main Street in Williamstown, MA 01267 or to PopCares, PO Box 482 in Williamstown, MA 01267. To add to the book of memories please visit

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Steve Abuisi - I helped coach Schouler League teams in the late 60's and mid 80's and always looked forward to games against Ed's teams. Whether my team won or lost, mostly lost, after a game Ed would offer advice, question strategy and, when deserved, give out a compliment. He always played to win, but the kids, all the kids in the league came first to him. Like so many others I will miss Ed, miss his love for the game, and even miss his hidden ball trick plays. My sympathy and thoughts are with the family at this time.
from: on: 09-21-2023

I am very sorry for your loss. Ed had a positive influence on so many lives. He will live in so many memories.
from: Jim Caffreyon: 09-20-2023

I’m so very sorry. I just saw this and I’m heartbroken. So so sorry for your family’s great loss. He was a wonderful man. He was a once in a life-time treasure.
Angel in heaven now as he was on earth. God bless you all.
from: Heather Brown on: 09-20-2023

I was sadden to learn that Coach Noel suddenly passed away. He was my teacher, coach, and mentor for several years. He brought a full educational experience to the table, in a positive and productive manner. I used many of his coaching lessons in my years of coaching in Southern, NH. Coach Noel's positive impact on so many of us, will have a lasting fingerprint for generations to come. My sincere condolences to Coach Noel's family. McCann Tech '81
from: Ken Spragueon: 09-20-2023

What a great man! Mr. Noel will be missed by many! Always smiling, always welcoming! What a great man!
from: Seth Christopher and familyon: 09-20-2023

Sympathy on the loss of a great coach, teacher and friend from our family to yours.
from: Nancy & Bob Waltermireon: 09-19-2023

Mr Noel will always be remembered as a great teacher and a kind person. We were talking about him and how much we enjoyed him as a teacher at our recent high school reunion! My condolences to all of you. He will be missed.

With Sympathy- Carla (Daugherty) Holness
from: Carla Holnesson: 09-19-2023

Ed was the beginning inspiration for my three boys love of baseball due to Ed and his awesome summer camps. They went on to be successful in little league,babe ruth,legion and college ball.Thanks Ed for your super mentoring to them and so many other kids.
from: ellen baylisson: 09-19-2023

The first day I walked up the stairs of Brayton Junior High in 1973 to start my teaching career, there was this smiling face in the classroom across the quad to greet me, support me, and be my friend. It was Eddie Noel. As a colleague, fellow coach, and golfing buddy there was no peer. Thank you Ed. I'll never forget you!
from: Chris Wondoloskion: 09-19-2023

He was a lovely neighbor on Hathaway St!
from: Nancy Vecellio Apkinon: 09-19-2023

Our "bunny man"
from: mary weissbrodton: 09-19-2023

Judy, Kim & Kirby, I was shocked and saddened to read this--my heart goes out to all of you. You have years of wonderful memories--hang on to those and you'll soon find yourselves smiling with those tears. Take care of one another. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Gerry Falcon
from: Gerry Falconon: 09-18-2023

To Ed`s Family, So very sorry to read of Ed``s passing !! I Went to Freeman School with Ed from 1st.thru 8th. grade&then Drury .!! What a wonderful guy !!!! Please accept my deepest &sincere condolences during this most most difficult time !!
from: Julius (Joe ) Cookison: 09-18-2023

to the family you have my deepest sympathathies ed was a great teacher coach and also a good friend of mine
from: William Sprowsonon: 09-18-2023

A good guy who was an asset to the community and the young lives he helped shape.
from: chip farleyon: 09-18-2023

Dear Judy and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We had just talked with him about the last of the rabbits. We were privileged to have him in our circle. We will miss his smile and friendly greetings. Fly with the angels my friend.

from: Gloria and Dick Hiser on: 09-18-2023

A life well lived! Thank you for all the moments and memories! You will not be forgotten in our home!! RIP
from: Megan Galli Pytkoon: 09-18-2023

Sorry for your loss.
from: Michael E McKeonon: 09-18-2023

I played high school sports against Ed. He always brought his A game and was truly a gentleman.
from: Jim Robinsonon: 09-18-2023

You will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this most difficult time. Rest in Peace Mr. Noel

from: on: 09-18-2023

Eddie you were a class act, RIP
from: on: 09-17-2023

judy so sorry about your husband passing away. i send out my condolences to the whole family. I will keep him in prayer. He was a great person always had a smile on his face. Used to see him up at Windsor lake to some of the concerts.
from: wendy levesqueon: 09-17-2023

I was so saddened to hear this , my deepest condolences to the family and friends of coach, he was a very special person that touched the lives of many .,and a great role model too so many students and athletes.
from: Andi Lampiasion: 09-17-2023

I’m so sorry for your loss.. Many prayers Judy, Kim & Kirby. He will surely be missed by so many. Ed was “one of the best” there is.
from: Susie Ameen Fisheron: 09-17-2023

One of a kind, a great guy and a true friend.
He will be missed by many.
from: DICK SYRIAC OF LENOXon: 09-17-2023

To The Noel Family:

I cant still picture everyone of your faces. I am extremely sorry to hear that Coach has passed. The two of us spent a lot of time together- playing under him and coaching with him.

Coach Noel was a major factor in my understanding about competition. He knew that I was adopted and took time to understand that I had talent and had- HAVE that competitive edge. I will forever be grateful for Coach Noel.
John Mulcahy

from: John Mulcahyon: 09-17-2023

Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences.
from: John Giffordon: 09-16-2023

Our sincere sympathy to the Noel family in the passing of Ed. RIP ED.

Gwen & Woody Boillat
from: on: 09-16-2023

Mr Noel was my favorite teacher 1976 in middle school. He made learning fun, lots of laughs and enjoyable. Don and I enjoyed knowing him all these years teaching, coaching and most recently on the golf course. Mr. Noel was a wonderful person and he will be missed.
from: Don and Tammy Wrighton: 09-16-2023

So terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family ????
from: Joni Dunnon: 09-16-2023

Ed (Mr. Noel) as I think of him as is a legend in his own right. He was kind, funny, supportive and a fabulous teacher. He will be greatly missed. Judy and family I am deeply sorry for your loss.
from: Barb Gagnonon: 09-16-2023

We lower our flags to this icon and educator of the Berkshire valley he loved. I have fond memories of our
years growing up on Bracewell avenue and his athletic talents were a gift. Ed made the world a better place and he will be missed. Our condolences to his family.
Jack Esposito
Rye NH
from: Jack espositoon: 09-16-2023

RIP COACH .?? Great man,great coach.
from: Eric Burdickon: 09-16-2023

Judy and family. I am sadden by the lost of Ed. I remember when you two were married the year you were play ground supervisor at Freeman. He was a great jguy He will be missed
from: Nanette Schmidton: 09-16-2023

So sorry to hear of Eddie 's passing. He was so full of life and such an integral member of the Drury 1962 class. He was always so active in alumni events. Just saw Eddie about four weeks ago at the ice cream shop. Thankful for that. He was heading to Windsor Pond for a concert.
May he rest in peace.
from: John Wilsonon: 09-16-2023

Although I knew it through high school. And soon after, we really didn't connect to. Later in life and was always a joy to Be around I will miss him dearly.
from: John Segalaon: 09-16-2023

Judy and family, I was shocked and heartbroken by this news. Eddie wasn't just someone I worked with; he was a friend. My heart goes out to you all.
from: Pam Kidderon: 09-16-2023

Ed taught me you may not be the best but if you gave your best you succeed.
from: Eric Floriani on: 09-16-2023

Judy, and Family,
Sorry about your loss.
Francis Mastroianni
from: Edward Noelon: 09-16-2023