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Former Orangeville fire chief passes away

Oct. 28, 2010, Orangeville, Ont. - Former Orangeville Fire Chief William (Bill) Noble died at his home in Collingwood on October 26, in his 80th year.

October 28, 2010
By Carey Fredericks

Well-known in the Orangeville community, Mr. Noble was passionate about
the local fire department. He first joined the department in 1952 as a
volunteer firefighter, and served as its chief from 1964 to 1995. Mr. Noble had the
distinction of being the Town of Orangeville's first full-time fire chief – a
position created in 1974.

Orangeville Mayor Rob
Adams said Mr. Noble will be missed, adding that he served the Town of
Orangeville well for many, many years. "Bill Noble made a significant
contribution to the town and the Orangeville Fire Department. He was a vital
part of the community, both professionally and personally."

"He was an old-style fire
chief and a tremendous mentor," said current Fire Chief Andy Macintosh. "I
learnt a lot from him. He was meticulous; he liked things done the right way
and done quickly. Back in his day, Chief Noble enjoyed working and socializing
with the firefighters, he was a good decision-maker at fire-related incidents
and other emergencies. He strived at improving the Orangeville Fire Department
as a whole through continuous education and passing on his new-found knowledge
to the department. He was a father figure to many of the younger firefighters
and dispatchers/secretaries. Bill Noble was well respected and after his
retirement he continued to stay in touch with the department."

Mr. Noble has two
children, Judy and Sandy, as well as three grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren.

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Visitation, at Dods and McNair Funeral Home, will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 30. The funeral will be Sunday Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.
Reception to follow at the Orangeville Fire Department, 10 Dawson Road,
Orangeville. Parking will be available at the plaza across the road from the
fire hall.