NOYES Harrison Crane, Jr.

NOYES Harrison Crane, Jr.

Male 1922 - 2007  (85 years)

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  • Name NOYES Harrison Crane 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Nickname Harry 
    Born 2 Jan 1922  Norwich, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Military overseas as an artillery officer during World War II  [1
    Social Security Number 044-18-9921  [3
    _UID 8AF0FB01071CDC4895F9A57D15C029E853B3 
    Died 11 Jan 2007  Mystic, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    • (OBIT - Norwich Bulletin 12 Jan 2007
      MYSTIC -- Harrison Noyes Jr., 84, the former publisher of the Norwich Bulletin, died Thursday.

      Without a doubt, Noyes will be remembered as a gentleman.

      It was the word that reverberated most with those who knew him: His family, friends, and colleagues over the years.

      "He was one of the last of the breed of true gentlemen," said Bill Stanley of Norwich, a Bulletin columnist. "He was a gentle, kind family man. He had a great sense of history and his fingerprints are all over this town."

      Noyes' family, along with the Oat family, owned the Bulletin for many generations. Noyes began his career at the Bulletin in 1952 as a reporter in the Danielson office and worked his way up to publisher, serving in that capacity before the paper was purchased by Gannett Co. in 1981. His father and grandfather also were publishers of the paper.

      After many years as a Norwich resident, Noyes moved to Mystic about a year ago, dividing his time between that home and a family home in Groton Long Point.

      A Princeton graduate, Noyes served overseas in World War II as an artillery officer before a shoulder injury sent him back to Norwich. He met his wife, Barbara, at the military hospital in Massachusetts, and they were married in 1952. They had six children.

      Noyes' nephew, Denison N. Gibbs of Norwich, remembers his uncle more as an older brother, since they grew up in the same house and were only 10 years apart in age.

      "He was loyal and decent. Integrity was his trademark," Gibbs recalled. "He cherished his family. They came first."

      Family members said Noyes will be remembered for his honesty and dedication to the newspaper.

      "He was the heart of the paper. He really loved it," said his wife, Barbara Noyes. "That was a family business and he was happy to be there. He was proud of it."

      Noyes' children, Charlie Noyes and Nancy Noyes, said they worked summers growing up at the Bulletin and remembered that their father expected them to be treated as any other employees.

      "We had a great experience working there," Nancy Noyes said. "My dad set a really good example. He had a lot of integrity."

      Charlie Noyes said he didn't see his father as the boss when he was publisher, because he didn't have an ego in his position.

      "Dad was just dad. He had an office in the front of the building. I think that's how he liked it," Charlie Noyes said. "I think people saw him as a very genuine, kind and decent man."

      His former employees also remember him with respect as a quiet, dignified man who stayed in the background and managed fairly. Don Bond, a former Bulletin reporter, worked for Noyes many years ago.

      "What stands out the most is, he was a true gentleman," Bond said. "Whether you worked for him or did business with him, he treated you the same."

      Bond said because Noyes started out as a reporter and worked his way up, he had a habit of following news items and keeping up with the community.

      "Once he wrote about it, he had an interest in it," Bond said.

      Bulletin employee Gloria Connor, who worked with Noyes and his father, said Noyes was a "nice gentleman, a pleasure to work for."

      "He always treated everyone fairly and, as a result, he was respected for it," Connor said.

      Greg LaFreniere, former Bulletin editor, remembers Noyes as a reserved man.

      "He was a wonderful old gentleman. He was the epitome of what an old New England publisher would've been," he said.

      Noyes also was very generous with area institutions, Gibbs said, making contributions to Otis Library, The William W. Backus Hospital, Norwich Free Academy and the Central Baptist Church of Norwich.

      "He never turned anyone down," Gibbs said.

      Noyes also was active in the Norwich Rotary Club. He served for many years as the director of the former Norwich Savings Society, now People's Bank.

      Gibbs said there were many other aspects to Noyes' personality as well.

      "I would sit rapt watching him play the drums as a child," Gibbs said. "Harry could play."

      Part of a jazz band at one time, it was the war injury that ended his musical career, Gibbs said. Despite that, Noyes golfed, hunted, fished for salmon all over the world, played bridge and shot pool.

      "He was very talented in many things," Gibbs said. "He exemplified the finest ideals in human nature, and he personified the word gentleman."

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      OBIT - Hartford Courant 12 Jan 2006
      MYSTIC, Conn. -- Harrison Noyes Jr., who joined the Norwich Bulletin as a reporter and worked his way up to publisher, died Thursday, the newspaper reported Friday.

      He was 84.

      Noyes, whose father and grandfather also were publishers of the paper, joined the Bulletin in 1952, the same year he married his wife, Barbara.

      The Noyes family, along with the Oat family, owned the Bulletin for generations until Gannett Co. purchased it in 1981.

      Noyes graduated from Princeton University and served overseas in World War II as an artillery officer. He lived for years in Norwich before moving to Mystic about a year ago.

      In addition to his work at the paper, Noyes was active in the Norwich Rotary Club and served for years as director of the former Norwich Savings Society, now People's Bank. Friends and family say he also had played in a jazz band and was an avid sportsman.

      He and his wife, Barbara, had six children, some of whom worked at the Bulletin during their summer breaks from school while he was publisher.

      "He was a wonderful old gentleman," said former Bulletin editor Greg LaFreniere.

      "He was the epitome of what an old New England publisher would've been."

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      IN MEMORIUM - Norwich Bulletin - 13 Jan 2007
      Harrison C. Noyes Jr. died Thursday. He was 84 years old and, while he and his wife, Barbara had moved to Stonington a bit more than two years ago, Noyes was as fine a man as ever called Norwich home.

      Noyes, his father and grandfather had been co-publishers of the Norwich Bulletin with members of the Oat family. The two families bought the Bulletin in the 1880s. The late Donald Oat shared publishing duties with Harry Noyes until the newspaper was sold to the Gannett Co. in November 1981.

      When the paper was sold, Harry Noyes retired.

      Bulletin columnist Bill Stanley met Noyes in the early 1940s. They became close over the years, and Stanley recalls Noyes as a kind and gentle man. Stanley said he "never saw him angry."

      A product of Norwich Free Academy, the Hotchkiss School and Princeton University, Noyes was polished and professional as a businessman. He also was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He and Barbara married in 1952 and had six children.

      At home, Noyes' avocations included contract bridge, pool and woodworking. He also was an avid outdoorsman: a hunter who packed his own gunpowder and a fisherman who tied his own flies. He played golf, too.

      His athletic skills were remarkable because in 1945, shortly before World War II ended, as a young Army officer with the 485th Field Artillery in Ansbach, Bavaria, Noyes was badly wounded in the left shoulder.

      Recuperation was agonizing, but Noyes persevered. Years later, the effect of the wound diminished until it went all but unnoticed.

      Noyes was a bit of a history buff who was responsible for the brass plaque in Yantic Cemetery that salutes Norwich Civil War soldiers who died at the Confederacy's Andersonville prison and were later interred in Yantic.

      He was generous to worthy causes both near and far. Locally, The William W. Backus Hospital, Otis Library, Norwich Free Academy and Central Baptist Church were beneficiaries, and that generosity, in turn, touched all those who visited those institutions.

      Noyes was a good man who lived a rich, full and long life.

      Norwich is much the better for his lengthy presence here. All who ever knew him are diminished for his passing.)
    Person ID I65184  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2018 

    Father NOYES Harrison Crane, Sr.,   b. 17 Dec 1888, Norwich, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1975, Norwich, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother WHITING Ethel M.,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F25567  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family HANNON Mary Barbara,   b. 3 Jul 1922, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 2017, Mystic, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 23 Feb 1952  Manhattan, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 8
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
     4. Living
     5. Living
     6. NOYES James Denison,   b. 30 Jun 1967, Norwich, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 2016, Great Barrington, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F25569  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Jan 1922 - Norwich, New London, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Feb 1952 - Manhattan, New York, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Jan 2007 - Mystic, New London, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Harrison and Barbara Noyes
    Harrison and Barbara Noyes
    http://www.norwichbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007701120346
    Harrison Crane Noyes, Jr.
    Harrison Crane Noyes, Jr.
    Veteran & Patriot of World War II
    Veteran & Patriot of World War II

  • Sources 
    1. [S82] Death-obit, Norwich Bulletin, Norwich, CT 12 Jan 2007.
      http://www.norwichbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007701120346

    2. [S6586] Birth-SSDI (ancestry.com).

    3. [S6884] Internet-Database-ancestry.com-U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936 - 2007, 044-18-9921.

    4. [S6896] Internet-Database-ancestry.com-Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2012, State File #: 01381.

    5. [S82] Death-obit, Norwich Bulletin, Norwich, CT 13 Jan 2007.
      http://www.norwichbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070113/OPINION01/701130323

    6. [S82] Death-obit, Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT 13 Jan 2007.
      http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-ctapnoyesobit0113.artjan13,0,5152342.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

    7. [S131] Death-SSDI (Ancestry).

    8. [S7470] Internet-Database-ancestry.com-New York, New York, Marriage License Indexes, 1907-1995, New York City Municipal Archives; New York, New York.