Obituary of Robert D.J. Noble
Robert Damis Joseph Noble, 72, of Monroe Township, NJ, passed away on October 4, 2020. Born in 1948 in Queens, NY, Bob was the second of three children to the late Gustave (Gus) and Mildred (Millie) Noble of Old Bridge, New Jersey. Early in his life, Bob’s family moved from New York to New Jersey. Bob would proudly proclaim to anyone who asked him (and even some who did not ask!), “The best gift my parents gave me was to move out of the city and into New Jersey.” Bob was very athletic and enjoyed playing several sports throughout his life. He’d often say that he had played almost every sport in existence! Bob played baseball and softball, joined several bowling leagues, boxed, and played football (even at the college and semi-pro levels!). He also spent a lot of time helping his family and could often be found at his parents’ confectionary and ice cream shop, the Old Bridge Lunch. Bob graduated from Trenton State College with a degree in sociology but also pursued classes in mathematics, education, and architecture. He was knowledgeable in several disciplines and held a diverse set of jobs during his working years. Bob spent the majority of his career at the Middlesex County Board of Social Services (MCBOSS), where he worked for over 30 years and assisted many as a Case Management Supervisor. After his retirement, Bob enjoyed spending time with his wife and daughter, going to the ocean, playing softball, and appreciating everything life had to offer. Bob was a father figure to many and a steadfast pillar of strength, wisdom, and love to so many others. He was devoted to his family, cared for his parents and in-laws, and was always the ‘go-to guy’ for assistance with any task, big or small. Bob spent his life in service to others, familiar faces and strangers alike. He was profoundly grateful to all the people who had helped him throughout his life, and he was driven to pay it forward in any way he could. Bob firmly believed that loving and serving others has a powerful ripple effect, and he would frequently encourage those he helped to pass the favor on to someone else. He respected all people and felt that he could learn something from everyone he met. Bob’s attention to serving others has inspired several people within and outside of his family to follow in his footsteps and either go into service-related careers or even simply to be on the lookout for anyone needing a helping hand. Bob was a community-oriented man. He always wanted to make sure everyone felt included and loved. This manifested itself in Bob’s participation in church and his involvement in men’s and girls' softball. Bob was a regular fixture at Sunday Mass at Saint Thomas Moore/Our Lady of Mercy. He would greet every passerby with a smile, a handshake, and a joke. During church services, Bob was proud to serve as a Eucharistic minister, bring the gifts to the altar, or to assist with the collection of donations. He made sure to include everyone in the handshake of peace. Bob was similarly heavily involved in men’s and girls’ softball. He was the coach of almost every team he played on, and he was the manager of every team (and most divisions) in which his daughter played. Bob was a natural leader and mentor, and he was extremely invested in each individual girl’s success and the success of the team. However, he also emphasized the value of having fun and would often say, “If we’re not having fun, let’s go home.” Bob worked tirelessly to ensure that every girl on his team felt valued and included, and he always made sure everyone went home happy. One of Bob’s hallmark characteristics was his sense of humor. He had the ability to make anyone and everyone laugh or smile. Bob was very quick-witted and a perpetual learner. He always kept an open mind and was accepting of everyone, even those with whom he had differing opinions. Bob’s door was always open to anyone needing a hug, a listening ear, or a safe place to stay. He was funny, intelligent, and kind. Bob will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife Mary (Cerebe) Noble of New Jersey, devoted daughter Kateri Noble of California, brother Gus Noble and his wife Joan of Arizona, and sister Isabel (Noble) Leach and her husband Richard of New Jersey. Bob also has numerous loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, sisters in-law, brothers in-law, godchildren, church friends, former men’s softball teammates, and girls’ softball coaches, parents, and players who will miss him. Due to risks associated with COVID-19 and group gatherings, no public services will be held for Bob at this time. He will be buried in Chestnut Hill Cemetery in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Bob’s family plans to gather for a celebration of his life in the future when it is safe to do so. If you are interested in attending, please include your contact information in this Google form: https://forms.gle/LavM7rUa1628omLm8 In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family would like to ask that donations in Bob’s name be sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children (https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/shc/donate).