Henry “Hank” Noon passed away peacefully on Monday, March 4 at Liberty Commons of Chatham, MA after a brief illness. Hank was born on September 12, 1921 in Clinton, MA. The son of Lena and Henry Noon.
Hank was born and raised in Clinton, MA. He dreamed of becoming a pilot and joined the Army/Air Corp months before the United States joined WW II. In his service to the country, he trained pilots on flight formation tactics. He went on to serve in the Middle East. He had 5 years of active service and almost 15 years in the reserves.
He met his wife of 69 years, Mary “Jill” Noon in Tehran, Iran. They married at the church of the Consolata in Tehran Iran January 18, 1948. Through Hank's work with Trans World Airlines (TWA), they lived, raised their growing family and made life long friends in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Kansas City, KS; Athens, Greece and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
He was a pioneer in African aviation as part of the team that organized an airline in Ethiopia. He spent over a decade training and mentoring pilots. They grew the airline by training Ethiopian citizens to run it. From those humble beginnings, Ethiopian Airlines (EAL) has grown to the #1 airline in Africa in all categories. He returned to the United States to assume leadership of the TWA pilot training facility in Kansas City. The last few years with TWA were spent in Athens, Greece and Jeddah, Saudia Arabia. He retired from TWA after 35 years of service.
His next challenge came with his role of VP of operations for Command Airways. He joined when Command was a small commuter airline and grew it into a regional carrier, eventually bought out by American Airlines. In the process, he trained and mentored numerous pilots who were sought out and went to work for the major airlines.
In his retirement, even after living and travelling all over the world, he took the opportunity to pursue his passions of hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family. Everything he accomplished professionally or personally was done thru his consistent walk of faith.
Hank is survived by his son James C. Noon (Lois) of Rush City, MN; daughter Joanne T. Villa (Leo) of Sandwich and daughter in law Christine LaFave Noon of Harwich. He is predeceased by his sister and brother in law Edna and Howard Leavenworth of Clinton MA and his children Ann, Mark and Michael Noon.
Visiting hours will be will be held at Morris, O'Connor & Blute Funeral Home, 678 Main St, Harwich Center on Thursday March 14, from 4-7pm beginning with a prayer service at 4pm.
Visitation will be held at 9 am on Saturday, March 16 at St. John the Evangelist Church 80 Union St, Clinton, MA followed by funeral Mass at 10 am with burial at St. John's Cemetery in Lancaster, MA.