Obituary: Jeremiah J. Noonan Jr., 87

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 1:34pm

Jeremiah (Jerry) J. Noonan, Jr., 87, loving husband of Mary Fay (Morgan) Noonan, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., died on Friday, Aug. 19, following a brief illness.

Jerry was a frequent visitor to Block Island for more than 20 years, visiting with his son Jerry and his family Jenny, Elizabeth and Caroline Noonan of Southeast Point as well as a large group of friends that developed over time. Through the years he grew to love Block Island and savor every visit.

Born in Manchester-by-the-Sea on October 1, 1923, he was a 1941 graduate of Story High School and served in the Navy during World War II as a Quartermaster 2nd Class on the U.S.S. Roe.

Following his discharge, he returned to Manchester-by-the-Sea, where he worked as a taxi driver and lobsterman before beginning a decades-long career with the U.S. Postal Service. He was postmaster in Manchester-by-the-Sea from 1971 until his retirement in 1982. He was also an active member of the Board of Trustees of the Cape Ann Savings Bank for many years.

His service to the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea was extraordinary. He was a retired member of the Manchester Fire Department as a call firefighter and served in several elected and appointed positions in town government, including on the Parks Commission, the Finance Committee, and the Board of Assessors.

He was a founding member of the Manchester Athletic Association and the Manchester Education Fund (which he also served as president); a member and on the building committee of Amaral-Bailey Post 113 of the American Legion; a member of the Manchester Club, the Seaside Firemen’s Club, and the Manchester Historical Society; a member and on the executive board of the Elder Bretheren Association; a member and past Grand Knight of the Masconomo Council of the Knights of Columbus; and a past president of the Firemen’s Relief Association. As a member of the town’s Board of Assessors for many decades, he also served as president of the county and state Associations of Assessing Officers. He was awarded the Slade-Eaton Volunteer Service Award from the Elder Bretheren Association.

In addition to Fay, his wife of nearly 55 years, Jerry and his family, he also leaves three other children and five other grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Mary D Fund, PO Box 323, Block Island, RI 02807.