In Loving Memory of

Noel Ernest White

1958 - 2022

Obituary of Noel Ernest White

On Thursday October 20th after a brief illness, Noel passed away peacefully with his beloved Karen by his side. He was a loving and proud father to his 3 angels, Amanda (Jeremy), Kailee (Kavan) and Shannon. Cherished Granda to Easton and Odin. Dear brother of Alan, Colin (Ellen), Audrey (Doug), Sharon (Ray) and Norman. Noel will be loved and remembered by his brother-in-law Ritchard who always called him Nolee. Noel is also survived by a wealth of nieces, nephews and extended family in both Canada and Northern Ireland. He will also be greatly missed by his many dear friends. He is predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Muriel, and by his devoted dog, Bailey.

Noel was born in Northern Ireland and immigrated to Canada with his family when he was a young teenager. He worked in maintenance at the St. Catharines Hospital for 37 years, where he forged many lifelong friendships. Noel had a passion for soccer, whether it was playing, refereeing, or coaching. He could often be found cheering on Manchester United. Noel will be remembered for his fierce love of his family, and how he always made sure they were taken care of.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff, nurses and doctors at NHS-St.Catharines who worked tirelessly to find a treatment for Noel while making him as comfortable as possible.

In keeping with Noel's wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date, after the family has had some time to adjust to a different life without Noel. He will eventually be laid to rest in his home of Northern Ireland.

Noel, we love you so much and miss you terribly already, our hearts are broken. We will cherish your memory and will take you with us wherever we go. As you passed quietly from this world to the next we know Bailey was there waiting for you, probably with her tennis ball.

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1 year ago

I first met Noel at the old St. Catharines General in 2003…He knew alot about what was going on with the union…He was a smart, kind man who had nothing bad to say about anyone or anything…he came to the new site, where i didn’t see him as often, but was always glad when i ran into him… his death was certainly a shock to me, for i had just seen him not to long before that…my condolences to his family and friends… he will be surely missed…!!

Ron Sebert
1 year ago

I knew Noel since high school. What a wonderful guy. I would see him occasionally, and we always had a good talk and a lot of laughs. I will miss him. My condolences to his family.

Tammy Baker
1 year ago

My deepest sympathy to all of Noel’s family. He was such a kind, friendly and wonderful soul. He will be deeply missed by anyone and everyone who ever knew him.

A friend always,
Tammy Baker

Reg Hodgins
1 year ago

I am saddened to hear about Noel’s passing. I got to know Noel through the Jets organization. I got to know Noel, as a passionate, dedicated, competitor, with a strong desire to succeed which he instilled as a coach onto his girls. He was a teacher of how sport’s mimic’s life. Any person who sacrifices their time for the betterment of others, is a Champion.
My condolences to his family.

Marion Hughes-Mook
1 year ago

So saddened to hear about Noel passing. We’ve know each other since late teens in our soccer days and spent a lot of time together. We were both Ontario OAS referees while at the same time known for our short tempers when we played ourselves. A lot of laughs, big heart, my heart goes out to Karen and his girls

Lori Rivard
1 year ago

Karen and family
So sorry to hear about Noel. I can remember when Noel first started working at the hospital,, he always had a smile on his face and he was such a great guy.. My deepest condolences to the entire family.. May he rest in peace.

Lisa Smith
1 year ago

Rest in peace my friend. I will miss our conversations in the hallways of the St.Catharines Hospital and our many shennigans…. You will be missed!

Elaine Snoddy nee White
1 year ago

Sending our condolences to Karen, Amanda, Kailee and Shannon. Also to all the family.
My heart broke when I got the news of my cousin Noels passing. I will always remember his smile and treasure the time my husband Alan and I spent with him a few years ago when we went to Canada. I will hold the memories of our hugs with me always. Rest in peace Noel
Always loved and never forgotten.

Blair and Dana Yauch
1 year ago

We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Noels passing. He was someone who we both considered a friend and always had a kind word to say. His laugh, and his infectious smile will always be remembered. Noel will be missed by anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. Lets all cherish our memories of a great friend and family member.

April Baarda
1 year ago

I am deeply saddened to hear of this. He was such a great friend. I always loved his laughter and his jokes that he would always tell me

Paul and Maria Steingart
1 year ago

Noel’s passing has left a huge void in our lives. Personally, it is very hard to picture a world without my close pal of 49yrs.
As close as his numberous friends were, if you really knew Noel, you knew that his true loves were his family and his two dogs Amigo and Bailey.
Karen, Amanda, Kailee and Shannon as well as his grandchildren, my heart goes out to you for your loss.
Noel spoke to me of you often, never going on in a bragging way ( Noel hated when people bragged ) just with immense pride. He also spoke of the closeness he had with his siblings Sharron and Colin and spending time with each.
Of course we all know that his passion outside of family was his love of sport , all sport but in particular the “beautiful game”. If there was an important soccer game on, that is where you would find him in front of the TV. I am positive that when I watch the upcoming world cup Noel will be in the room watching it also.
Goodbye my friend,. You are now Home For a Rest

Freda Knicely
1 year ago

My condolences to the family He always had a smile whenever he would see you It was always an entertaining evening when we would all sit around and talk. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Shine on Noel and watch over those who loved you. R.I.P. my friend

Last edited 1 year ago by Freda Knicely
Janine Dunk
1 year ago

So sorry for your loss.

Jennifer Krah
1 year ago

Sending my condolences to his family and friends.
I worked in the OR and often our paths would cross over the last 16years.
Noel was someone you could always count on getting the biggest smile from,
He had a friendly nature that just drew you in.
I will truly miss this and his presence.

Brenda Lee Aldrich
1 year ago

I was so shocked and very saddened to hear of Noel’s passing. Noel was such a kind guy and always had a chuckle and a good chat whenever we ran into one another at work. Sending My Deepest Condolences to All. You sure will be missed Noel. Heaven truly gained a Beautiful Soul. They always seem to take the great ones. May You R.I.P. Noel.🙏🙏❤️
Brenda Lee

Robbie Craine Davidson
1 year ago

Shocked and saddened to hear that Noel is gone.
I am one of many who worked at the old St. Catharines General from the 80s on.
Noel had a smile for everyone and always remembered names.

1 year ago

Never once did Noel deny me his Irish smile or fail to make me smile , when ever I seen him. Private, yet lovingly spoke often about his girls and wife. I will miss him. ☘️
My heartfelt condolences to his family

Gillian Barclay, Jo Hillier and Gloria Barclay
1 year ago

This news breaks my heart.
Noel always looked out for his neighbors. During the pandemic he cheered on my chalk drawings and in the winter, when I was ill, he made sure to keep our parking spot cleared. He was always so kind and is missed by many.

Tommy and Ruby Brotherston
1 year ago

A True Gentleman! We loved talking and having a good laugh with Noel…Sincere Condolences to tha Family..

Kelly Buckaway
1 year ago

Such sad news to hear about an amazing friend. I don’t even think Noel realized how he touched home with many hearts. Noel always had a listening ear whenever needed. His heart was pure, a true friend. Always willing to help out people and expect nothing in return. Heaven just gained the best angel ever. We love you Noel.

Dave Neufeld (Neuf)
1 year ago

My deepest condolences to Noel’s family. Noel was a tremendous friend. I have fond memories from high school days until now. We shared many great times and some good laughs over the years. I will especially cherish our fun times in the north. RIP Noel

Malcolm Anna Corfield
1 year ago

In addition to our earlier condolence…
I enjoyed Noel,s commitment,friendship,and social activities around the soccer community for over 40 years.
We originally met as soccer players,referees and later years as coaches.
Noel was a valuable member of the St Catharines Jets soccer club,where we spent many enjoyable hours coaching in the community, and in later years with Elite players securing scholarships throughout the U.S.A.
Always a gentleman and a pleasure to call a great friend of mine,my wife and her sister…sadly he is already missed..
Malcolm,Anna Corfield, ( Maria Melderis )

Kathy Audet
1 year ago

Karen l am so sorry to hear about Noel hope you are doing ok are thoughts are with you and your family.

A. Pizzacalla
1 year ago

My condolences 💐 to Noel family he was a wonderful man who coach my daughter in soccer ⚽️ he was a great coach a beautiful human being RIP Noel you will be missed

Fran and Mel Butler
1 year ago

I am so sorry for the families loss. We were stunned with the news of Noel’s passing. He was a fun loving guy with a big heart. RIP Noel. Deepest condolences.

Sharon McMillan
1 year ago

Dear Karen and family, so very sorry to hear this shocking news! Please accept my sincere condolences . Noel’s smile always made the day a little brighter! 🙏🤗❤️

Anna and Malcolm Corfield & Maria Melderis
1 year ago

We are shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of our dear friend, Noel. He always was so kind, friendly and classy. He carried his Irish heritage so beautifully. Condolences to Karen, his daughters and many family members. God bless Noel and May he Rest In Peace.

Amy Carriere and Dale Kenn
1 year ago

So sorry to hear of Noel’s passing. I have so many wonderful memories from when we were younger at family get togethers. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Sending much love.

Brenda Sevcik
1 year ago

Karen and family, may his memories be a blessing to you and your family. He spoke highly of his family often in our conversations. He was a kind and very caring man, allows helping ours 🫂 🖤

Rae Whitty
1 year ago

So very to hear of Noel’s passing. He was such kind man. Prayers to his family

Angela Bolus
1 year ago

Oh I was so heartbroken to read this. Such an amazing soul he was. He was always so kind and yet told the ones that needed to hear it exactly how it was. My condolences to his wife and kids and extended family ❤️ Rest easy Noel

Jose Moore
1 year ago

Surprised to hear you were ill & passed, such a kind, soft spoken gentleman, always happy to see you, condolences to your family, rest in peace.

Sue and Dennis Peddle
1 year ago

Sad to hear about the passing of Noel. Although I did not spend much time with him my memories of him are that he always had a smile on his face and was always fun to be around. To the family, cherise your memories. I am sure there are many that will make you smile.

Bob Briggs-Jude
1 year ago

So sorry to hear of Noel’s passing. I’m shocked and saddened to hear this news. Please know that our thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

Renie and Al Heywood
1 year ago

So sorry for your loss. Noel was a gentle soul and always had a smile and friendly chat any time we ran into him. He will be missed by so many. Our deepest sympathies to all who mourn his loss but especially to our dear brother in law Colin , our sister Ellen, and their family who have so many beautiful memories to lean on at this difficult time. Renie and Al Heywood and family xo

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Barb Cowell
1 year ago

Reg and I are heartbroken to hear about.Noel. Our condolences go to Karen and Noel’’s family. May Noel rest in peace🙏🙏


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