Bill died on Sunday, July 18, 2021 surrounded by his loved ones in Seasons Hospice in Milton.
Bill Noke's life was defined by his hard work ethic both personally and professionally. As a laborer with Tunnel Workers Local Union #88, a drilling and excavating union, he was instrumental in projects like The Big Dig and Deer Island in Boston.
Work at home was not hard work for Bill. He kept busy with various projects and with his green thumb he loved gardening and sharing the fruits of his labor when the garden produced beautiful flowers and wonderful vegetables. Bill loved the outdoors which included fishing and hunting and his friendships from the Gun Club in Harvard.
Above all else he adored his family and cherished his relationships with each of them but most especially he was the much loved 'Gumpie' to his three grandchildren.
William George Noke was born on November 6, 1941 in Waltham a son of the late Edmund and Annabelle (Rolfe) Noke. A graduate of Waltham High School with the class of 1960 he later honorably served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He married Newton native Carol A. Biggieri on June 16, 1968 in Saint Bernard Parish in West Newton and they have made Waltham their home ever since.
In addition to his wife of 53 years, Carol, he leaves his children, Lisa M. Noke – Kearney of North Billerica and William D. Noke (late Monica A. Noke) of Medfield; siblings Roberta Curtin of Ayer, Joanne DeBettencourt (Kenneth) of Oak Bluffs and his late twin brother, Edmund Noke; brother-in-law of David Biggieri (Valerie) of Natick; grandfather of William R. Noke, Marissa and Ryan Kearney; also survived by nieces & nephews and a host of friends.
Family and friends will honor and remember Bill's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Thursday, July 22nd from 4 to 7 p.m. and again on Friday morning where his funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Melmark New England, 461 River Road, Andover, MA 01810. www.melmarkne.org