Robert Roy Noble III, 63: Boxing enthusiast with strong ties to Ireland

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PORTLAND — Robert Roy Noble III, 63, died on May 30 at his home with his family by his side.

Noble was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Jan. 14, 1949, to Robert Roy Noble II and Margaret Anne Noble of Herber Springs, Ark.

He attended schools in Bridgewater, Mass., and Crossett, Ark. Following his graduation from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1973, he joined the U.S. Air Force. Stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Norman, Okla., he traveled throughout the world as a weather technician until his honorable discharge in 1976.

He returned to the Midwest and worked as a journalist and photographer for several daily newspapers until his marriage to Virginia Noble in 1981.

In 1984, Noble graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Boston with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. After graduation, he pursued a career in accounting in Boston and Portland. After receiving his master’s degree from Bentley College in 2005, he built a tax practice in southern Maine.

Noble was active in the Portland Boxing Club and other regional boxing organizations, serving in various roles and enthusiastically supporting local youth in the sport. He also enjoyed studying languages, particularly French. He loved nature and enjoyed birding and gardening with his wife.

In 2008, Noble became an Irish citizen, a goal he set after reconnecting with his mother’s family on Bere Island, County Cork, Ireland. He traveled there many times, guiding family members around the distant island and introducing them to their relatives and the more remote regions of Ireland.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; parents, Robert and Margaret Noble; brothers Donald Noble of Maumelle, Ark., and Steven Noble of Arkansas; sister, Martha Gilbert of Davenport, Iowa; cousin, Desmond Sullivan; other relatives on Bere Island, Ireland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Noble’s name may be made to the Maine Audubon Society, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, or to the Portland Boxing Club, 158 Capisic St., Portland.