FARMINGTON — William R. Noble, 87, resident of Wilton, passed away at Franklin Memorial Hospital on Jan. 23.

He was born in New Haven, Conn., the son of Russell C. and Mary Ethel (Randall) Noble of Hamden, Conn. He attended Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. He enlisted in the Merchant Marines, which required him to travel all over the world.

He worked for Crucible Steel as a sales engineer upon his return from the service. He married Elizabeth C. Barnes of Hamden, Conn., in 1954. In 1956, they moved to North Scituate, R.I., where they lived for 33 years, restoring a New England home built in 1729, which they named ‘Hidden Wells.’ There they raised their three children.

Bill and Betty had a lifelong passion for both sailing and travel, where their journeys took them to England, Africa, Alaska and sailing along the eastern coast of the United States. He retired in 1987 from Cartech Inc. as a steel engineer and in 1991, he and Betty retired to Wilton, where they enjoyed many years together, golfing, gardening and the company of friends.

He was a member of the Franklin County Aircraft Modelers Club from 1996 to 2011 and had served as president of FCAM for three of those years.

He is survived by his sons, Steve Perrins and his wife, Susan, of Placerville, Colo., and Randy Noble of Wilton; his daughter, Gleyn C. Noble of Henniker, N.H.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Betty.

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