Ray Noel

August 5th, 2015

Ray Noel, age 60, of Billerica, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on August 4, 2015 , at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston following a courageous battle with cancer.

Ray was born in Everett, MA on February 10, 1955; he was the cherished son of Dorothy E. (Stowe) Noel and the late Larry Noel of Wilmington. Ray was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1974.

At the time of his death, Ray was employed as a Water Department Foreman for the town of Wilmington. Ray always had a pleasant disposition and a great work ethic; he made countless friends with his co-workers throughout the years.

Ray married his “sweetheart and best friend” Gail M. Rogowicz on August 26, 1995; celebrating nearly twenty years together. Ray and Gail always had a great time together, they loved to travel especially to Las Vegas and their trips to Foxwoods; Ray loved to gamble.

In his spare time, Ray enjoyed going fishing, he was an avid hunter, and never missed a chance to play cards with family and friends. Back in the day he would frequent Wilmington Town Park playing softball with the gang.

Ray’s love and devotion to his family was always unconditional; you could count on him anytime day or night, whatever needed to be done Ray was always right there. Ray was a devoted and loving husband, son, brother, uncle, great-uncle, and a true friend to many; he was their “Rock”.

Ray will be fondly remembered as a kind, caring, generous, forgiving, hardworking, and fiercely loyal. He had a great sense of humor and was always upbeat even in the worst of times. Ray had a huge heart and he cherished every moment he spent with his family and friends; he was “one of a kind” who will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ray was the beloved husband of Gail M. (Rogowicz) Noel of Billerica, cherished son of Dorothy and the late Larry Noel of Wilmington, devoted brother of Bob Noel of Tewksbury and the late Karen Noel, loving uncle of Bonnie and Rich Mounsey of Wilmington, Nicholas Noel of Tewksbury, Kristina and Daniel Murphy of East Boston, and great-nephew Benjamin Mounsey. Dear son-in-law of James and the late Esther Rogowicz of Winthrop, brother-in-law of James Rogowicz, Jr. of Billerica, and Christine and Luigi Pizzannella of Winthrop. Ray is also survived by many cousins and dear friends who he considered family.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, August 7th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Ray’s Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 8th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Donations in Ray’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Attn: Esophageal Cancer Research, P. O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.


30 Entries in Guest Book for “Ray Noel”

  1. Robin Anderson (Downs) says:

    My thoughts and prayers to you and your family

  2. Bernie McNally says:

    I am proud to say that I knew you. You were a dedicated and loving friend to my family forever. May God grant you peace and may Smoko great you at the Rainbow Bridge.
    RIP my friend,

  3. Rosie Wallent says:

    I remember cheering for him during the glory days of fall 1973 WHS football: “Ray Noel, he’s our man, if he can’t do it, no one can!” My sincere sympathy to the family.

  4. Jerry Lawrenson says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Noel family. Wilmington has lost one of the greatest guys to ever work for The Water Dept.

  5. Joanne Cunningham(Martin) says:

    I was blessed to have you in my life. You were such a caring, loving, devoted friend..Rest in peace my loyal friend.

    My thoughts and prayers to the Noel family.

  6. Jim DuBois says:

    I lost my pocket money to Ray flipping quarters on a Pop Warner bus trip to N.Y.. When Mr. Noel heard about it he lent me ten bucks so I wouldn’t be broke. Great guys both. I was a younger kid, and I looked up to Ray Noel. R.I.P.

  7. Bob Knowlton says:

    Thoughts and prayers go out to Ray’s family.

  8. Herrafamily says:

    lost a great friend Monday we will all miss you dearly we will never forget you

  9. Herrafamily says:

    lost a great friend Monday you will be mist R,I,P

  10. Chuck DePasquale says:

    Gail, Bob and Family Ray was a great Guy and will be Missed. Sorry for your loss. The DePasquale Family

  11. Ryan Tildsley says:

    Ray was a great guy, one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. Ray has been a long family friend of the Tildsley family. Ray was my boss at the Water Department for two summers And was the best boss I’ve ever had. He will be missed by many. I will never forget our wrestling match we randomly had in the center of town or the various water pranks. RIP big Ray.

  12. Lorraine Crosby says:

    So sorry for your loss, Ray was a very nice man. You and your family are in my prayers.

  13. Joan, Julie, Lauren, Jen & Tom says:

    Our deepest sympathy. He was one of the best and he will forever be missed.

  14. Mary Barry Emerick says:

    To the Noel Family,
    My thoughts & prayers are with you…Ray was a great guy…He will be missed…

  15. DiCecca Family says:

    Many prayers being sent to Ray’s family. Sorry for your loss. I two can remember the days in High Scholl and at the town park….a very special man.

  16. ballplayer says:

    remembering softball tournements up route 2 lots of fun you will be remembered for ever

  17. Barry Aruda says:

    Ray was a great guy, I met him 67/68 in Pop Warner. We hit helmets straight on. He was always telling jokes and trying to get ya smiling. We road the salt an pepper shaker ride over and over again, just to see who would last. Prayers to the family. Go with God Ray, will miss you friend…

  18. Ken and Ellie Cleary says:

    So sorry to hear about Ray. Too young. We’re sorry for your loss to his family. Was one of Rays coaches during his Pop Warner days along with Larry, his Dad. He was one who loved life and gave his all to whatever he did.

  19. Danielle says:

    My thoughts & prayers go out to all of Ray’s friends & family. He was an amazing man with an amazing heart. <3

  20. Maureen Howlett says:

    I have known Ray most of my life. His friendship with my brother, Rick, was the kind of friendship everyone would wish to have. Their loyalty and thoughtfulness toward each other was a constant through thick and thin. My prayers are with Ray, his family and his many friends. RIP

  21. Joseph Brazell says:

    Was shocked to hear about Ray…My thoughts and prayers are with his family…
    You are in Gods hands now…Rest in peace my friend

  22. Mimi McHugh (McCabe) says:

    Bob, Gail, and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Ray. He was larger than life as far back as I can remember.He had a wonderful caring heart and could bring a smile to your face the minute you saw him.
    I know that he is finally at peace. May your memories comfort you during this difficult time. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  23. Sheryl smith says:

    Ray was known as the candy man by my daughter. She met Ray visiting her Dad at the water dept. Ray always had a smile, candy, and took the time to talk with her. My sympathies to all of you
    Sheryl Smith

  24. Bud Stanley says:

    Will always remember the card games in Maine. You will be missed,you were a good friend.Our sympathies to the Noel family.

  25. Christine Emery says:

    My deepest sympathy to The Noel Family. May the angels surround you on your journey home Ray.

  26. Sheila (Lacey) Quinno says:

    Although I didn’t know Ray as a man b/c I married & moved when he was about 17, I have many fond memories of growing up with him as his next door neighbor . . . kickball & basketball games in the street in front of his grandparents home, baseball games & snowmobiling in my back yard & the adjacent field. He was funny, athletic, popular and had a great love for his family. Frank and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to Dottie, Bob, Gail & Ray’s entire family on this great loss. May he forever be at peace.

  27. Brian & Priscilla Andersom says:

    We are very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Our condolences to the Noel family.

  28. Bob Doyle and Family says:

    Good guy…. many laughs and many card games …Deepest regards
    God Bless and rest in Peace

  29. Doug Harrison says:

    I knew Ray for the first half of our lives. He was as fierce in competition as he was in his friendships. He loved to laugh with people. I do not think Ray had a mean side. Ray was not boring and I will miss him.
    My heartfelt sympathy to the Noel Family

  30. Janice Shaw Dobbins says:

    Wow, Just finding out about Ray….We knew each other as teenagers. He was alway full of fun and life. My condolences to his friends and family.
    Rest in Peace, Ray
    Janice Shaw Dobbins

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