Billerica – Mr. George E. Noel, a longtime resident of Billerica, died Wednesday, June 14, 2023 in his home. He was 65.
Born in Boston on July 25, 1957, George was the son of George L., Jr. and Louise (Carroll) Noel of Dedham. Raised in Dedham, he was a graduate of Dedham High School with the class of 1975.
Following his graduation he went to work at Raytheon for a year before enlisting in the United States Army and served in the military police for three years until his discharge. Years later he went back to school and in 2012 earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in Labor Studies.
George dedicated his life to the service of others. Upon his return home from the service he returned to Raytheon and over the next thirty-four years he would serve in various roles in the labor relations field.
He was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007 to serve as Director of Labor and went on to work in other government positions advocating for workers’ rights. He was also the vice-president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and served on the executive board of the Greater Boston Labor Council.
He was the current Business Manager at OPEIU Local 6 and previous to being appointed as the Director of Labor, was the Business Manager of IBEW Local 1505. Social by nature, he always strived to make everyone feel welcome and enjoyed being a mentor to the next generation of laborers.
Of all of the titles he held during his long and successful career, his favorite of all was “Papa.” He loved spending time with his family and was especially happy when his grandchildren were near. He loved being active in their lives and never missed their sporting events, dance recitals, or band concerts.
In addition to his parents, he leaves his beloved wife, Anne M. (Moschner) Noel; his children, George J. Noel (Carolyn) of Chelmsford and Michael R. Noel (Ana Rocadas) of Leominster; his grandchildren, George “Sam”, Grace, and Dylan Noel; his sisters, Carroll Noel-Mozer (Kurt) of Medfield and Deborah Noel of Medway and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember George’s life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20) Waltham, on Tuesday, June 20th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial in Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne will be private.