Adrien Arthur Noble Jr., 87: a storyteller, navy man

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PORTLAND — Adrien Arthur Noble Jr., 87, of Portland died on Oct. 14 at Mercy Hospital. He was born in Portland, the son of Adrien Arthur Noble Sr. and Arie Annie (Barker) Noble. He attended local schools. He left Deering High School in 1943 and enlisted in the Navy during World War II. After the war, he attended the University of Maine and earned sufficient credit to be awarded his high school diploma from Deering High School in 1949.

After World War II, Adrien worked as chauffeur, as a door to door salesman for the Fuller Brush Company, and then in 1959, joined Milliken Tomlinson Company, a grocery warehouse firm. He retired in March 1990. 

During World War II, he served in Newport, R.I., Norfolk, Va., Baltimore, Md., and on board the USS Moreno, an ocean-going tug boat. He would tell stories of traveling through the Panama Canal towing vessels and sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

He enjoyed talking about current events especially politics. He loved the outdoors as much as he loved honest people. His stories and one liners were uniquely clever, uniquely his. Noble enjoyed working the farm with his cousins in North Leeds, relaxing with extended family at the Barker Pond camp in Sebago, and spending time with his cousin and best friend Dave Merrill.  

He was predeceased by his wife, Flora, whom he married in 1950. He is survived by his sons, Michael and his wife, Cassandra of Florida; and Doug, of Portland; grandchildren Wendy and Samantha, of Florida; his sister, Cindy and her husband, Don Travis, of Texas; his brothers Warren and his wife, Dorothy, of Massachusetts; and Stephen and his wife Marion, of California; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service to celebrate Adrien’s life will be held in July of 2013. The family would like to extend special thanks to the caring staff and doctors at the Barron Center and Mercy Hospital critical care unit and the fourth floor nurses and staff. 

Arrangements are under the care of A.T. Hutchins Funeral and Cremation Services, Brighton Ave, Portland. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to: The West Baldwin Methodist Church, 26 Douglas Hill Road, West Baldwin, ME 04091.