Car­bon­ear busi­ness­man Joe Noel dead at 94

The Compass - - Front page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA

One of Car­bon­ear’s most prom­i­nent busi­ness­men and a mem­ber of nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity groups died ear­lier this month.

Joseph “Joe” Noel, orig­i­nally from Fresh­wa­ter, Con­cep­tion Bay North, died Fri­day, Feb. 17, at Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, just around the cor­ner from Noel Mo­tors & Tran­sit on Sad­dle Hill, a busi­ness he co-founded with his late brother Roy in 1953.

Joe Noel’s ac­tiv­i­ties in Car­bon­ear in­cluded a turkey farm, con­ve­nience store, and con­struc­tion com­pany, in ad­di­tion to Noel Mo­tors & Tran­sit. The lat­ter com­pany re­mains con­tracted to trans­port lo­cal school chil­dren in the area.

Joe and his brother Roy started a taxi ser­vice in 1946. Roy had just re­turned from serv­ing in the Sec­ond World War.

“Noel’s had one of the first 1946 Ply­mouths af­ter the war,” Joe told The Com­pass in 2014.

As more peo­ple pur­chased ve­hi­cles, de­mand for the taxi and bus ser­vice within town be­gan to de­cline. With that in mind, Noel Mo­tors & Tran­sit opened, fol­lowed by Noel’s Con­ve­nience on an ad­ja­cent prop­erty in 1966.

“If we were go­ing to sur­vive, we had to diver­sify,” Joe said in 2014.

Those busi­nesses em­ployed many within Joe’s fam­ily, but his in­ter­ests went well be­yond the wel­fare of the Noel brood.

He was a found­ing mem­ber of the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia Health Foun­da­tion, Car­bon­ear Air Cadets and the Car­bon­ear Her­itage So­ci­ety. He served on the Car­bon­ear Hos­pi­tal Board and was a mem­ber of the Ma­sonic Lodge, the Bac­calieu Hall of Fame and the Ki­wa­nis Club of Car­bon­ear. He was a char­ter mem­ber of the lat­ter group and served as the pa­tron of last year’s Ki­wa­nis Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Car­bon­ear.

Joe was also ac­tive po­lit­i­cally. He ran provin­cially as a Tory in the 1960s and served on the Car­bon­ear town coun­cil from 1973-1981.

A funeral for Joe Noel took place Feb. 20 in Car­bon­ear at Bethany United Church.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Joe Noel pic­tured at his of­fice in 2012.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Noel Mo­tors & Tran­sit in its ear­li­est days on Sad­dle Hill in Car­bon­ear.

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