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 www.RemickGendron.com to view John’s full obituary, sign his tribute wall or for directions.
Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 6, 2016
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.