W Bro. Noel TalbotP.M. Lodge Acacia 2321 died unexpectedly on April 7th at the age of 44 yrs, despite “no underlying illnesses.”
Noel was initiated into Acacia in 2002, and his enthusiasm for the Craft never wavered. He would proudly tell anyone and everyone that he was the youngest ever master of the lodge at the age of 33 yrs in 2009-10.
An excellent ritualist in Craft and Chapter (He was Past Second Principal in Pentalpha Chapter 974) he tackled everything he attempted, as in life. With huge enthusiasm.
He was an excellent Mentor in his lodge, also serving as Director of Ceremonies. He was especially proud of his Provincial Promotion to Acting Asst. Dir. of Ceremonies, a position in which he excelled. The job was ideal for him, with his upright intention booming voice and commanding presence.
Noel began his working life as a policeman, before setting up a successful joinery business with his father, David. All who worked for him spoke highly of him. Unfortunately, the company folded due to fraudulent activity from an outside party. Not to be deterred, Noel set out on another career in the building industry and was proud of the many qualifications which he gained. He eventually became site manager for many significant developments in Yorkshire, London and finally the nuclear sector in Cumbria. At any one time, he might have had 400 or more people working for him, and they would not all have been easy folk to deal with!
Noel was a knowledgeable character, always ready to share his views, sometimes in a forthright fashion. As his partner, Jess commented, “he would find somebody to argue with even when he was asleep”. Behind this formidable exterior, he was a sensitive, caring man always ready to give a quiet word of support and concern, as many of us will remember.
After many years of difficulty and turmoil, Noel had finally found, in the last 5 yrs, peace and fulfilment with Jess and eldest daughter Sophie. Jess was the perfect foil for Noel, an absolute sweetheart, as Noel knew very well. Life was indeed looking bright…
He leaves his parents Audrey and David, a brother and 3 children aged 17yrs 8 yrs and 6 yrs.