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William Noyes, 85

William Charles “Papa” Noyes, age 85, passed on April 9, 2023. Loving husband, father of four, grandfather of eight and several great grandchildren. A man of great character, a charming wit and timely sense of humor, often the life of the party will be missed by an array of family, extended family and those who benefitted from the broad shoulders of love he extended.

William was born August 14, 1937 in North Adams, Massachusetts, to Edgar and Grace Noyes. He was predeceased by his wife Larrie Ann Noyes and his son Timothy Landry Noyes. Bill spent his childhood in and around Williamstown and many summers at a family farm in Cambridge, New York. The working summers in Cambridge provided Bill with an unwavering work ethic and a real connection to nature. Those summers on the farm proved to leave a lasting and powerful impression and an experience that he would look at with great fondness throughout his life.

He attended Williamstown Schools before departing on a whirlwind tour of the world courtesy of the United States Air Force (1955-1959). This was a period of time that he often reflected on with great pride and enjoyment. Upon his return he met the love of his life and soulmate for some 60 years, Larrie Ann Reopell, or “Mimi.” Together they would work to build a life together and provide for their family. Bill would often work several jobs in order to provide life's essentials as well as ensuring that special gift was under the tree for Christmas morning.

The 1970’s brought Bill to Williams College where he would spend the next 30+ years working in various capacities from Dining Services, Security, and ultimately to his primary role in the Buildings and Grounds department. He was by all accounts a company man, realizing that the opportunity offered to him and his family from Williams College was a gift to cherish. He took his responsibilities seriously, and viewed his work as a reflection not only of his character but that of the institute he represented.

He took this same passion he had for his work into his personal life. He had a great affection for skiing, hiking, biking and swimming. These activities along with a wanderlust that was instilled from his Air Force days was always part of his need for constant motion. He was always ready to go somewhere regardless of the distance, especially as it related to his family's needs. A highlight of both his and Mimi's life was a trip to Ireland that they were able to enjoy upon their retirements. This, along with trips across the country and his yearly trips with his family to Sunset Beach, North Carolina, were highlights and brought him great joy. Mimi’s at-home child care provided the perfect outlet for a loving man who took to being a surrogate grandfather to so many of the children. Providing a fun-loving child-like excitement to each child was a gift. He had an ability to weave together stories that could entertain and provide Mimi with respite after a long day of childcare. Regardless of how long he had been at work he knew that Mimi always had the tougher job. As always his character and work ethic provided his compass. It was together where Mimi and Papa were their finest versions of themselves. Mimi’s passing had a powerful impact on him all while struggling with his own health concerns of stage five kidney failure. The years following Mimi's death proved to be the most difficult in his life. The loss of his soulmate and the life they built together was at times more than he could endure. His passing will ease his pain as he reunites with Mimi and Timmy.

The family would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the Vermont Veterans Home of Bennington for the excellent care and support they provided for Papa. The family will have a celebration of both Mimi & Papa’s life at a later date. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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My prayers and condolences to the Noyes family during this season of mourning. May The Lord Jesus grant y’all peace and comfort during this time.

The Fix Family
from: William H Fix Jron: 05-17-2023

Prayers and sympathy to Bills remaining family. God bless, he was such a nice person. Timmy will be overjoyed to see his Dad! Enjoyed seeing him at some of the shows at Williams get togethers.
from: Patrick &Connie Grayon: 05-01-2023

Bill was a wonderful co-worker, mentor, advisor and friend to me and so, so many people at Williams College. He always had a ready smile, a bit of humor, and a good word to say, always. My prayers are with his family as we celebrate a life well lived.
from: David Deweyon: 04-21-2023

We are so sorry to hear of Bills passing. Bill and I worked together and our families came to know each other through Williams College. My family looked forward to stories at our dinner table with Bill the topic of the stories.
He and Larrie Ann were good people . Our sympathy to all their families.
Roger and Debbie Tatro
from: William Noyeson: 04-20-2023

enjoyed all the interesting talks with bill at Leo's at morning coffee & trip to yankee stadium with artie & alvin
from: Bob Ellsworthon: 04-16-2023

Dear Matt,& family.
If there was ever a man that could tell a story or make you laugh it was Bill. He ( Bill) was always the one on the B & G grounds crew who dove into his work , fearlessly, with a must do attitude, to complete the job as fast as you could. There was never a dull moment on the grounds crew ,his relentless attitude inspired all of us . Matt I hope you and family , in this time of great sadness, you can all draw on your memories of your dad and this will help help you get through this sad time.
from: Norman Quinnon: 04-15-2023

We were so sad to learn about your Dad. He was a great guy, with an easy laugh or joke to tell. He will be missed by all who knew him.
from: The Fressola familyon: 04-14-2023

Freddy and I loved visiting with him at Leo’s Luncheonette. Always smiling and bringing sunshine. Thinking of you all.
from: Kathi George on: 04-13-2023

Will always remember the entire Noyes family fondly. Our Kimmy, who spent daycare time at the Noyes home, always referred to Bill as Mr. Larrie Ann. Our condolences to you all.
from: Russ and Barbara Bulletton: 04-13-2023

I'm so very sorry. We will all miss him as much as I miss Mimi. They were an extraordinary pair. Mimi was always full of laughter and tears. Uncle Bill was the perfect dad, uncle, grandfather, etc. ? My Greatest memory of Uncle Bill was when he would race the train and swear us to secrecy. I miss both of them so much.
from: Susan Hansonon: 04-12-2023

Sending deepest sympathies for the loss of your Dad. I have many fond memories of visiting Laurie Ann and Bill. Always had a good laugh. Sending prayers
from: Claire Boyer Kristensenon: 04-12-2023