Published DateWARWICK, R.I. — On May 28, 2013, Clarence W. Noyes died peacefully with his family by his side. He was he beloved husband of the late Lois Noyes who passed away in 2008. They were married for 62 years.
Mr. Noyes was born in Suncook, NH and moved to Laconia in the late 1920s. He attended Laconia High School and graduated in 1938. While in high school he played piano for the radio station WLNH. He received a scholarship for the New England Conservatory of Music and was there until 1941, when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as an airman radio operator.
In 1946, he completed his last year at the Conservatory. He decided to teach music once out of school. In New Hampshire he taught in Gorham and Franklin, in Massachusetts he taught in Lee, North Andover, and Pittsfield, and he also taught in West Warwick, R.I.
While in New Hampshire, he also managed the Cumberland Farms store in Normandin Square. He and his family managed the Gilford Town Beach for two seasons. Mr. Noyes was a past Master Mason and a member of the Odd Fellows and Eastern Star Chapters. He had incredible talent at the piano and organ and played at many churches including the Christian Science Church on Pleasant Street. Before retiring, he and his wife managed the Nathaniel Greene Homestead in Coventry, R.I., for fifteen years.
Noyes is survived by his four children: Weston Noyes of Scottsville, Va., Jeffrey Noyes and his wife Shirley of Laconia, Jay Noyes and his wife Linda of West Greenwich, R.I, and Suellyn Noyes of Laconia. Eight grandchildren: Heidi Bourgeois of Gilford, Chris Noyes of Laconia, Dana Noyes of Scottsville, Va., Kieth Noyes of Laconia, Jennifer Souza and Heather Casale of Couentry, R.I, Sarah Noyes of West Greenwhich R.I, and Zachary Plummer of Laconia. There are also 14 great grandchildren.
He had a full military funeral and was laid to rest next to his wife at the Veterans' Cemetery in Exeter, R.I. Per Clarence's wish, any contributions in his memory may be sent to the First Baptist at 1613 Main Street in West Warwick, R.I where he was their organist for the past forty years.