William J. Noonan

William J Noonan - Rochester Cremation

William Joseph Noonan, 68, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2023 after a courageous battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

Bill was predeceased by his father, James William Noonan.

He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth (nee Mercier) Noonan; his loving fiancée and devoted caregiver, Suzanne Golia; daughter, JaimeRose (Andy) Noonan; sons, Alexander (Sydney) Noonan, and Connor (Nicole) Noonan; sisters, Christine (John) Mancuso, and Elizabeth McGowan; brothers, James (Helene) Noonan, and Leo (Laura) Noonan; uncle Leo (Nancy) Mercier; Bill’s former wife, friend, and mother of his children, Susan Noonan, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Born in Troy, NY on January 2, 1955, Bill—always Billy to his family—attended St. Joseph’s elementary schools and graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1973. He earned an AA from Hudson Valley Community College; a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology and an MS in Computer Science, both from Rochester Institute of Technology. He worked as a technician at Fairfield Test Systems, Latham, NY and Fault Finders, Clifton Park, NY; and a software engineer at Eastman Kodak Company, Xerox Corporation, and at the Laboratory of Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester. He retired in 2017.

Bill exemplified a gentle, easy-going soul. He enjoyed the outdoors be it hiking, cycling, canoeing, snowshoeing, skiing, or riding a motorcycle. He loved spending time with his family, and especially treasured their summer vacations at Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks. He cherished his role as a father and supported his children’s activities including crew, robotics, and Scouts. The baker in the. family, he made bread weekly, and pizza on Saturdays. He enjoyed his dogs, mostly Labrador Retrievers, and brewing his own beer. Later, he and his fiancée would take short trips in the Finger Lakes area, dining out for a good steak and Italian food, and occasionally playing Bingo at Turning Stone Casino— although Bill, always gregarious, preferred meeting new people over the game.

Many thanks to Bill’s caregivers, Bonnie B., and good friend, Kathryn “Kitten” Howard. The family would also like to thank the staff at Lifespan, 6-1600 at the University of Rochester, and the fifth floor staff at Kirkhaven Nursing Home. All gave Bill compassionate, loving care and provided him and his family with tremendous support.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests sending contributions to The Alzheimer’s Association or Lifespan.

A graveside memorial service will be held at10 am on June 13,2023 at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 156 Mann Avenue, Troy, NY 12180.

4 Condolences

  1. Martin Oksenhorn on May 25, 2023 at 9:50 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Bill. I read the obit in the D&C and remembered the name. I worked with Bill either
    at Kodak or Xerox. I am sorry to say that I don’t remember which company, since I worked at both. I do remember him as a very nice person.

    Again, my sincere condolences to all his friends and family. I am sure that he will be missed.

  2. Brad Mitchell on May 27, 2023 at 8:02 am

    So sorry to hear of Bills passing. We worked together and were friends when we first moved to the Rochester area in 1984. Riding bikes to Kodak when he and Sue lived on Meigs street.. so many years ago now. We even reunited when we worked at Mint Technology. Sad to see Bill pass. I had wondered why I got no response from my email. Rest in peace brother.

  3. Tom Kklingenberger on May 27, 2023 at 5:17 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Bill. Bill and I shared an office at the Laser Lab, and I remember him fondly. Rest In Peace Bill.

  4. Larry Beck on April 5, 2024 at 2:55 am

    I just heard about Bill’s passing today when catching up with a mutual friend from the laser lab. I last worked with Bill in 2007. He was a great guy, loved to learn and was fun to talk to. We had a nice little clique of “industry people” at the otherwise academic-oriented laser lab. I’m so sad to hear about his passing and the health challenges leading up to it. My belated sympathies to all his family and friends.

Leave a Condolence

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.