Michael Edward Noyes, 63, passed away on March 26, 2021 at Massachusetts General Hospital surrounded by his family after a long, courageous battle with interstitial lung disease. He was a native Newburyporter, the second son of Corinne (Greaney) Noyes and Wayne Noyes and attended the Belleville and Currier Schools. His father was a tool & dye maker and his maternal grandfather a carpenter. When he was a young boy his father became very ill and Michael quickly began his tutelage in everything from carpentry to wiring to painting. He was a natural talent and so it made perfect sense that his secondary education would be received at Haverhill Trade and then Whittier Vocational Technical High School in Haverhill, Mass. Craftsmanship was in his genes as he embarked on a lifelong journey in construction, building and remodeling.
Even after enlisting in the Army his superior officers were often requesting his trade skills to renovate their offices. He was trained as a power generator engineer and diesel truck mechanic. He was literally a “hands on” guy and developed a reputation on Base at Fort Riley, Kansas as the “go to guy” to get things done. This reputation followed him throughout his life. He was an honest, dependable, self-driven, tireless worker with a wealth of old school trade knowledge passed down from his father and grandfather which he then passed on to his son, Adam.
His first few years after being discharged from the Service he worked as a framing foreman and then a lead carpenter. While working a commercial job in the Newburyport Industrial Park his talent and impeccable work ethic was recognized by System Builders of North Andover and a 30+ year relationship with the Matses family and the parent company, Charles Construction began.
Outside of work he was a devoted, loving husband of 37 years to Cheri Adams-Noyes. Together they built a beautiful family and Michael’s dream – a lake house in Maine. Having spent entire summers camping, fishing, boating, water skiing, and let’s not forget snake skinning on Tricky Pond in Naples, Maine as a child with his parents and siblings, Michael knew he wanted his own place on a lake in Maine to share those same wonderful experiences of his youth with his own family. And that he did (except for the snake skinning). He was most noted for launching friends and family into the air while tubing, fishing for hours (or at least talking about it) and the best breakfast sandwiches east of the Mississippi. Never wanting to sit still he was a constant tinkerer and a wealth of information when it came to fix-its. Duck tape’s got nothing on him. Whether in his shop at home, or the garage in Maine he could always be found rummaging through drawers of old tools and shelves of cans of whatever always trying to get organized. His efforts were futile.
His greatest joy, however, was his family. He was a family man in the truest sense of the word. Everything he did was for them and he tried to provide them with a myriad of opportunities and a rich full beginning. He was successful. Everything was a family affair from building his prized lake house, to cross country skiing in Maudsley, downhill skiing all over Maine; wooden boat sinking and wooden boat repair at the lake in those early days - there were so many life lessons learned and so much hard work and fun to be experienced. Attempts to teach the kids to water ski, oh so many boat rides and tubing brought a smile to his face, and on occasion the sinister smirk when he launched another body through the air. He was a quiet character with a dry sense of humor that could change the trajectory of a conversation with only one word. Whether it was a quick poke for fun, the pull of Sara’s hair, the dreaded stern stare, or the one brief chuckle set him aside from the rest. The list is truly endless.
And then of course there was his selflessness - standing for hours on end in the hot sun in the Dumbo line at Disney waiting to take “each” of the kids for a 60 second ride. For anyone who has experienced that torture, you know that is pure love. And when the grandkids came along to Maine he was in heaven. Nothing made him happier than passing along his love of fishing to Myah, Brytin and Nyla. For someone so quiet, his legacy looms large.
He is survived by his wife Cheri Adams-Noyes and their 3 children – Sara Noyes & Jermaine Hickling, Adam Noyes & Kim Peters and Daniel Noyes of Newburyport; and 2 sons Michael Noyes Jr of Greenbay, Wisconsin; and Stephen Noyes of Haverhill, MA; his siblings Wayne Noyes of Newburyport; Linda (Noyes) Chute of Casco, ME and Jim Noyes of Raymond, NH; 15 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call on Thursday April 1, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950. THERE IS NO LONGER ANY PARKING AVAILABLE BEHIND THE FUNERAL HOME PER ORDER OF THE CITY OF NEWBURYPORT. His Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church and burial will be private. He was loving and well loved, and will be remembered and missed by many. A celebration of a life well lived will be held toward the end of the summer at the Lake House in Maine where we will share memories, anecdotes, lots of laughs and many, many tears.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in his name to the American Lung Association and the American Diabetes Association.
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