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“To the Noonan family,I was very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I got to know him very well in my years as a Worcester Police Officer and I always...Read More »
1 of 45 | Posted by: Francis J. Casey - Worcester, MA

“Linda and family, We are so sorry for you loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
2 of 45 | Posted by: Karen Saturday - Rincon, GA

“Many fond memories of an unparalleled Tom and the entire Noonan family . With respect and reverence , Ron Sharon Kerry and Anthony Brooks ”
3 of 45 | Posted by: Anthony Brooks - MA

“Every encounter with Tommy was gift and a pleasure, I will miss him and was blessed to have known him. God speed my friend.Condolences to Linda and...Read More »
4 of 45 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Noonan family, May cherished memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. I will keep you in my prayers. ”
5 of 45 | Posted by: Paul Healy - Shrewsbury, MA

“I first met Mr. Noonan when I was a young ADA in Worcester. The first thing he said to me after introducing himself was, "let me know if there...Read More »
6 of 45 | Posted by: Greg White - Boylston, MA

“Tom Noonan was a Worcester institution, who welcomed a Boston TV reporter whenever I ventured west of 495 to cover an arraignment or trial in...Read More »
7 of 45 | Posted by: Dan Rea - Medford, MA - Friend

“Tommy was a member of the greatest generation, a compassionate man, who was a friend to all. To LIjnda and all the family, I feel very fortunate to...Read More »
8 of 45 | Posted by: Bob Gardner - Ayer, MA - Friend

“To The Family of Tom Noonan:I am very sorry about the passing of Tom. He was a Fine Gentleman, Dedicated Public Servant, Great American, and Special...Read More »
9 of 45 | Posted by: John J. Gibbons Jr. - Clinton, MA


10 of 45 | Posted by: richard starbard - worcester, MA

“There was never a more true friend and gentleman to all. To you Mr. Noonan we raise:The Parting GlassOf all the money that e'er I had,I spent it in...Read More »
11 of 45 | Posted by: Frank Domenichella - Leominster, MA

“As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. ”
12 of 45 | Posted by: David Powers - Worcester, MA

“My deepest sympathy to the family of Mr.Thomas Noonan my thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss of your loved one .God Bless and comfort you...Read More »
13 of 45 | Posted by: Eunice Fraga - Hopkington, MA

“in my younger days I had several dealings with mr noonan in west Boylston on most visits he wore his signature hat he always had a warm smile and...Read More »
14 of 45 | Posted by: Edward J McManaman Sr


15 of 45 | Posted by: Paula Polaski

“One has but to think of Tom Noonan to know that there can be greatness and graciousness in humanity.Rest in Peace. ”
16 of 45 | Posted by: Ron LaPointe

“Rest In Peace Tommy! When I passed the bar and was working for my dear friend sheriff Mike Flynn you welcomed me to your office for advice counsel...Read More »
17 of 45 | Posted by: David Lanoie - Greenfield, MA

“Linda and Family We are so sorry for your loss and offer our deepest condolences . After all these years he liked to be called Trooper .He was the...Read More »
18 of 45 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Linda and family,We've lost one of the truly good guys left.We'll miss him dearly ”
19 of 45 | Posted by: Don Coblentz - MA


20 of 45 | Posted by: Donald Coblentz - MA

“So sorry to hear of Tom's passing, Tom was a wonderful man and friend, I will remember him in my thoughts and prayers. ”
21 of 45 | Posted by: Sal Degon - Venice, FL


22 of 45 | Posted by: Francis Cicio - Shrewsbury, MA

“Linda and Family After all these years he still liked to be called Trooper. He was the Best of the BEST Our deepest condolence and may he rest in...Read More »
23 of 45 | Posted by: A friend

“Your life was considerably better if you were fortunate enough to have known Tom Noonan. He exuded true grace and character in all aspects of his own...Read More »
24 of 45 | Posted by: Thomas Duffy MSP Ret. - Worcester, MA

“Hon. Dennis Brennan extends his condolences to the Noonan family in this time of loss. ”
25 of 45 | Posted by: Hon. Dennis Brennan - SC

“Liz,My sincere condolences to you and the family. I had the great honor of working with you and meeting your father a complete gentleman in every...Read More »
26 of 45 | Posted by: Mary Caraballo - Auburn, MA

“Liz, I am sorry to hear of the Loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. He is fondly remembered. Love &...Read More »
27 of 45 | Posted by: Betty McGinnis - Sedona, AZ

“The Noonan Family,So very sad to learn of Tommy's passing. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with him for many years through the Worcester...Read More »
28 of 45 | Posted by: Chief James M. Gallagher (WPD, Ret.) - NH

“Tom, so sorry for your loss. ”
29 of 45 | Posted by: T McNeal - Worcester, MA

“Linda & family,We are saddened and so sorry for your loss. Tom was a kind and generous man, with a wonderful sense of humor. Sending hugs and love, ”
30 of 45 | Posted by: Stan & Carol Shustak - Shrewsbury, MA

“I'm so very sadden for the loss of such a lovely man I enjoyed sharing such fun time with you and your beloved sweetheart ”
31 of 45 | Posted by: Pixie Sprinkles - Palm Desert, CA

“Rest In Peace Tom. Thank you for smiles and laughs. You will be missed. ”
32 of 45 | Posted by: Brenna Cardoza - Worcester, MA

“God Bless ”
33 of 45 | Posted by: Joe Sharry, Jr. - Worcester, MA

“R I P Tom ”
34 of 45 | Posted by: Neil Carmody - Worcester, MA

“TO THE FAMILY:I AM TRULY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MR. NOONAN WAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A KIND PERSON. HE WAS ALWAYS A FRIEND TO EVERYONE. I WILL REMEMBER...Read More »
35 of 45 | Posted by: ELLEN MANISCALCO - WORCESTER, MA

“So sorry for your loss My prayers are with you and your family.He was the best boss. ”
36 of 45 | Posted by: Penny Prro - Worcester, MA

“My sincere condolences go out to the family of one of the nicest and understanding men I ever met. A true gentleman and a fabulous boss. Thank you...Read More »
37 of 45 | Posted by: Nancy Pingeton - Worcester, MA

“God Bless ”
38 of 45 | Posted by: Joe Sharry, Jr. - Worcester, MA

“Our Heartfelt Condolences.America and our CommunityHave Lost A Great Man. ”
39 of 45 | Posted by: Michael Edmonds - CT - Friend

“Our Heartfelt Condolences.America and our CommunityHave Lost A Great Man. ”
40 of 45 | Posted by: Michael - North Grosvenordale, CT

“Our Heartfelt Condolences.America and our communityLost A Great Man.Mike and Andrea Edmonds ”
41 of 45 | Posted by: A friend

“I had the absolute pleasure of working in the same courthouse as Tom. He was quite an amazing character who loved his family first and foremost and...Read More »
42 of 45 | Posted by: Bernie Dow - West Boylston, MA

“Tom was a gentleman and an all around great guy. He was always eager to help you in any way he could. Rest In Peace and thank you for everything, Tom...Read More »
43 of 45 | Posted by: Jon Revelli - Shrewsbury, MA

“Dear Noonan Family, So sad to hear of Tommys passing.I feel privileged to have known and worked with him.Such a wonderful man.....he will be...Read More »
44 of 45 | Posted by: Marcia Walsh - Webster, MA

“Linda and family I will always remember the visits to Dr Filiberti's office and the laughs and great talksTom May the angels pipe you in. ”
45 of 45 | Posted by: Deborah Lauzon - Worcester, MA


Long before President Kennedy's inaugural address of 1961 in which he said, 'Ask not what your country can do for you…ask what you can do for your country' Tommy Noonan was living these inspired words. After a lifetime of service to God, family, friends and his country he died in the comfort of his home on Sunday, July 7, 2019. He was 90.

Born on February 26, 1929 in Worcester he was one of four children born to Dennis T. and Nora C. (McCarthy) Noonan. Raised on Worcester's Vernon Hill his willingness to serve was evident at the young age of 14 when unannounced he left his freshman schooling at Saint John's prematurely to join the Navy. It was the midst of World War II and regardless of whether patriotism was vogue, accepted or expected he felt compelled and the need serve and help. After completing his basic training months later it was discovered that he was not of legal age and he was sent home where he completed his education at his much loved Saint John's. While disappointed and unaware when Tommy left home his mother would later proudly boast it was the only reason she would accept for his disappearance. By the time he was able to re-enlist it was the end of the war and he would later tell his large and extended family that he didn't need to because 'once the Germans and Japanese heard rumors of his potential return they threw down their artillery and surrendered!' God save the Irish! He later served four years in the Reserves and fulfilled his self-obligation to his country.

Tom's professional career began with the Telegram & Gazette where he worked as a Linotype operator in its composing room. He then became a Massachusetts State Police Trooper where he worked for two years. In 1961 he was offered a position as a docket clerk in Worcester's Central District Court. The decision and transition to change careers came easy because it provided him the time he wanted and needed at home with his large, ever-growing and young family.

Dedication and experience enabled him to become assistant clerk and he was appointed Clerk Magistrate of the Central District Court by Gov. Dukakis in 1977. With a wonderful sense and balance of justice Tom had compassion and the ability to help serve the public. Likewise he helped educate an entire generation of young lawyers from the Worcester District Attorney's Office and attorneys from various arenas of the law for decades. Tom enjoyed retirement on July 3, 2017 at the young age of 88 and the next day on July 4th he experienced his true Independence Day. But anyone that knew Tommy knows he missed the camaraderie, people both innocent and guilty, friend or foe and the friendships and relationships that existed within the walls of the former courthouse on Highland Street and its new and beautiful location at 285 Main Street in downtown Worcester. It was truly his second home. 'Well done thy good and faithful servant…enter now into the joy of the Lord.'

Predisposed and baptized with the blessing of a wonderful Irish heritage Tom had a very contagious sense of humor, quick wit and overall affable personality. When not at work in the courthouse or with his large family and circle of friends Tommy enjoyed the daily crossword puzzles, cats Oliver and Fluff on his lap, the read of a good book, the Red Sox and excursions with the Diners Club and his close circle of buddies at the Other Place Pub in Boylston. Weekends and summers in Brewster on God's holy acre, Cape Cod, afforded him sun on his fair ruddy Irish complexion, salt air to breathe in and sand for his feet…and most of all the company of the many people whom he loved. Life was good.

It is an undisputed fact that Irish and Italian heritages make wonderful couples and families. With a shared nurture for hospitality and the love of good people, delicious food and beverage, Tom was fortunate to know and later marry Linda E. (Molinari) Turnquist on December 24, 1991. And for over 28 years they were each others best friend, companion, chauffeur and confidant on life's wonderful journey.

Tom and his late first wife, Beverly (Scanlon) Noonan raised and educated their eight children. In addition to Beverly he is predeceased by his daughter, Kathryn Noonan and brothers, John M. and William F. Noonan.

In addition to his wife, Linda he leaves his children, Dennis Noonan of Merrimack, New Hampshire, Thomas J. 'T.J.' Noonan, Debra A. Erickson (Jeffrey), all of Worcester, Marianne Noonan (Mohamed Rachid Och), Elizabeth A. Noonan, all of Shrewsbury, John D. Noonan of Barre, William F. Noonan (Darlene) of Shrewsbury, Patrick S. Noonan of Worcester, Eric C. Turnquist (Ligia) of Boylston, David J. Turnquist (Catherine) of Arlington and Jill T Camara (Sergio) of Medway; his sister, Anne M. Noonan of Worcester; his grandchildren, Christine Bahosh (Todd), John Mullen, Dean and Adam Och, Micayla, Danielle, Stephanie, Brittany, Cynthia, Justin Noonan (Brianna) and Jordan Noonan, Ethan, Eva, Lily, Eleanor and Holden Turnquist, Adrian, Lucas and Leo Camara; great-grandchildren, Cathryn and Caraline Bahosh, Lilliana and Marley Noonan; in-laws, Marianne Noonan of Holden, Maureen Ambach of Shrewsbury and Judy Gilliatt Gohs (James) of Medway; many nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Tom's life by gathering for calling hours at Saint John's High School, 378 Main Street, Shrewsbury on Thursday, July 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday in Saint Anne's Church, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials in his name may be made to Saint John's High School, Advancement Office, 378 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

Life Celebration services by Jim & John Heald of The Joyce Funeral Home.

https://www.telegram.com/news/20190708/thomas-noonan-worcester-court-institution-dies-at-90

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