John Noonan from Clarke’s dies at 62, Rest in peace my friend

    Wow. John Noonan from Clarke’s has died. Rest in Peace. John was a supporter of the Dirty Water Media from the beginning. Thank you John for your support.
    We at Dirty Water Media really appreciated you as a man, and as a friend. You were a very funny guy and always right to the point when talking business. We appreciated that when we came by and you always made time for us, listened to our pitch, bought us a drink or lunch. You will be missed by us and many people. Here’s what a couple friends said online about you:
    Chris Cole’s post on Facebook:
    A man that took me in, made me feel welcomed in an unfamiliar city and showed me the best Boston had to offer has been laid to rest. This picture captures a night I’ll never forget. You were a great man and will be missed by many. See you on the other side. Clarke’s At Faneuil HallJohnNoonan.


    Kate Canning’s post to John on Facebook:

    John Noonan… Man. I cant believe the phone call I just got. You were the Man, the Myth and the Legend. You were a HUGE part of my life in Boston. Clarke’s At Faneuil Hall was my go to place because of you. I will never forget the advice you gave me…Our genuine love for CANADA (and ireland) & the endless the hockey games we went to… and the great times. ( phone rings—- “CANNNNNNNING—- ITS NOONAN! suit up kid, throw on your jersey—- we are going to the Canadiens vs Bruins game… meet be in five, car service awaits you—– you were crazy and it was gosh darn fun!) 


    Your hockey lads called you RHINO and “GIGs”— small but tough & fierce. And that you were. I loved hockey almost as much as you did. You will always be part of my Boston family— the godfather. I’m crushed to hear of your passing. You were by far one of the most entertaining people on this planet. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for making Clarkes part of my home— “no lines for Canning, you’d tell the bouncers— don’t question her ever— SHES IN!”

    You were the Best of the Best. Rest easy ole boy…. until we meet again…

    A Memorial celebrating John’s life will be held at Clarke’s at Faneuil Hall from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to charities that advance John’s compassion towards others. Arrangements are by the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home – Crematory, Hampton, N.H. Please visit to view John’s full obituary, sign his tribute wall or for directions.

    NOONAN, John F. II Passed away on March 3, 2016 at the age of 62 in Boston, MA. Beloved husband of Pamela Paquette. Son of Joan (Smith) Noonan and the late John F. Noonan (Bear) of Birmingham, MI. Devoted father of John F. Noonan III of Denver, CO. John was co-owner of Clarke’s Restaurant at Faneuil Hall in Boston. He was born in Detroit, MI, attended Assumption High School in Windsor, Ontario, and graduated from Western Michigan University in 1978 with BS in Engineering. John previously worked at aerospace and technology companies in Minnesota, Washington, DC, Colorado, Massachusetts, Arizona and the United Kingdom. John is survived by eight siblings and a large extended family. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 815 Central Rd., Rye Beach, NH. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. There will be no calling hours and burial will be private. A reception will be held following the mass.

    Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 6, 2016

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    Here’s to you John Noonan!

    For those of you that cannot make it by Clarkes Wednesday night from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  — let’s all meet at Clarke’s on Thursday, March 10 for a toast to John Noonan, a Boston Legend who has left us far to early. God bless.

    A second Clarke’s legend gone to soon let’s not forget about  Sinuhe Barghout. Sinuhe and John are probably looking down at all of us doing a shot right now.

    S.J. Torres
    S.J. Torres launched Dirty Water News in 2011. In writing and editing for Dirty Water Media, S.J. combines his innovative style and energy with years of nightlife experience. He has been an instrumental influence in the Boston nightlife scene since managing Daisy Buchanan at the start of his career and ultimately becoming an owner of Howl at the Moon and Down Ultra Lounge.




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