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Richard (Dick) W. Noonan Sr.

Died: 2017-03-29
Resided in: Middleton
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Viewing date: 2017-04-04
Service type: Services are private
Service date: 2017-04-04
Service location: Mackey Funeral Home 128 N. Main St. Middleton
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Mr. Richard (Dick) W. Noonan Sr. of Lowell, MA and Stuart, FL died peacefully, surrounded by his family on March 29, 2017 at the age of 87. Richard was predeceased in 2015 by the love of his life, Avra (Kevghas) Noonan, whom he was married to for 59 years. Dick is survived by his daughter Dawn Noonan and her fiancée Jack Ravagno of Middleton, MA, daughter Erin Noonan-Descoteaux and her husband Gregory of Londonderry, NH, son Richard Noonan Jr and his wife Michelle of Dracut, MA, son Shawn Noonan and his wife Susan of Newburyport, MA, grandchildren Ryan Noonan and his wife Tarah, Kimberly Noonan, Jade Jasik and her husband Karl, Ian Descoteaux, Patrick Noonan and Summer Noonan, great grandchildren Pierce Richard Jasik and Shawn Noonan, his brother-in law, Paul Kyriazos of Chelmsford, MA, along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Michael and Edith Richards (Bergeron) Noonan, siblings Fred, Harold and Anna Mae, and his dear sister-in-law, Florence Kyriazos. Dick was born on February 21, 1930 in Lowell, MA. He and his soulmate, Avra Noonan married on July 13, 1956. He graduated from Lowell High School, Lowell State College, and received a Masters degree in education from Northeastern University. He started his career as a science teacher at the Daley School in Lowell, but is most well known as the dynamic and beloved principal at Edith Norse Rogers School in Lowell.

As the consummate administrator, he enjoyed and mastered the art of making positive change, earning him the nickname “El Presidente”. He served as President of the School Administrators’ Union for the majority of his career. For many years Dick was on the board of directors in many capacities including the office of president of both the Mallards Landing Association in Bristol, NH and the Hidden Harbour Estates in Stuart, FL. He was a well loved and respected member of those communities while he lived and served there. Dick was very involved in his community, well known as a politician, negotiator, and often a jokester. He had a love for all things related to water, whether it be swimming, boating, or storm chasing, Dick was happiest by the sea, on the lake, or in the pool. Dick’s true passion, however, was his family. With all his various titles, his proudest were most certainly Husband, Father and Papa. Dick was a proud Veteran of the US Air Force, having served as a sergeant in the Korean War. A private celebration of life will be held on Tuesday April 4th for the immediate family only. Arrangements are through the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 South Main St. Middleton, MA. Flowers are welcome, or donations can be sent to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. A tribute page for Richard W. Noonan has been added to www.lbda.org or donations can be mailed to 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W. Lilburn, GA 30047

Your father was my mentor. He believed in taking care of the underdog - the bilingual students, the special needs and the kid that needed the extra encouragement. Many students became successful because of the foundations they received at the Rogers School. Dick Noonan was elected Master of the E.N. Rogers in 1965 and retired in1991. One of his top goals was loyalty to faculty and respect for all teachers. He let teachers teach. Mr. Noonan had an unheard of number of teachers who were promoted to administrative positions. Among these twenty administrators one became a Superintendent of schools, one a Director of Special Education, seven principals, and three assistant principals. He created leaders. Whenever I hear the name Richard Noonan, a smile will come to my face because of my memories of a very special man. Bob McLaughlin

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