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Framingham Town Moderator Ed Noonan Has Died

The death was not expected, an official said.

Town Moderator Ed Noonan has passed away, the town manager reported in an email to officials this morning.

"Dear Board Members: I received a phone call at 8 a.m. this morning from Chief Carl," Town Manager Robert Halpin wrote in an email. "I am saddened to report that our Town Moderator Ed Noonan has passed away. I do not have details at this point other than a preliminary indication from the Chief that he passed of natural causes and apparently suddenly. I will share any additional details as I receive them. I will coordinate with the Chairman by phone in terms of traditions and customs here in Framingham."

Framingham Patch will update when more information is available.

Bob Berman June 26, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Rest in Peace Ed.
Elsa Aviza June 26, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I am truly deeply saddened. He was so robust and in charge at the annual Town Meetings. I send my deepest sympathies to his family.
Deborah Strafuss June 26, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Deepest Sympathy to Ed's family, and sorrow over the loss to Framingham of one of it's respected community leaders.
Kevin P. Crotty June 26, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I consider Edward Noonan a good friend and a good moderator , my heartfelt sorrow to his family .
Danielle Horn June 26, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Thank you, all, for posting your condolences here - please continue to share memories of Ed.
Kim Poness June 26, 2012 at 04:55 PM
This is very, very sad news. Deepest sympathy to the family.
Mike Hugo June 26, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Whether you agreed with his politics or even his methods, Ed was always the gentleman, was sincere in his dealings and a man of his principles. My dealings with him were always above board, and I enjoyed our relationship, the banter and the knowledge that Ed always stood by his word. Framingham has lost a true leader, a Town personality, and above all else, a gentleman. His family needs to be proud of all he did, and the Town should be forever grateful for all he gave us.
Elsa Hornfischer June 26, 2012 at 06:17 PM
...that such a devoted and able man gave so much of his time to the community in which he lived... Priceless... Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Dave and Elsa Hornfischer
Adam Steiner June 26, 2012 at 06:31 PM
A huge loss... As a new Town Meeting member, Mr. Noonan really promoted the responsibility of the position and the need for a respectful environment.Thoughts are with his family and friends right now.
Paula and Larry Schmeidler June 26, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Paula and Larry Schmeidler Agreement or disagreement with Ed's rulings notwithstanding, he gave so much of himself to Framingham and will be truly missed. God bless, and sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
James F. Dwyer June 26, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Ed is now with The Bard of Upper Nevins Hall, Hayward Taylor, those of us who knew both understand the loss to the Town and to his family and friends. Know that he and his family are in my daily prayers. Jim Dwyer former Framingham Moderator
Joe Rizoli June 26, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I always saw Ed as someone that always tried to do the best he could and it seems he was always learning and improving on that. Ed always tried to bring respectability to the town meeting and it really showed. It really takes a special person to be a Town Moderator. This is sad news. Joe Rizoli
Ted Cosgrove June 27, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Ed was a wonderful mentor to all the new Town Meeting members and friendly face in any crowd. Ed's passing is a real loss to the Town and I will truly miss him. My sincerest sympathies to the Noonan family. - Ted Cosgrove
Lucille Camell June 28, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I am so truly sorry for the passing of Ed Noonan. I am a second year town meeting member and how he kept the meetings going really amazed me. I got a chuckle every time someone came up to speak and did not thank him and he would say "Thank you, Mr. Moderator" and they would laugh and thank him. My sincere condolences go out to his family. I will miss him at the town meetings. This is sad. Rest in Peace, Mr. Moderator. Lucille Camell, Precinct 3
Susan Petroni (Editor) June 30, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Ed was very passionate about Framingham and Town Meeting. Back from vacation and so sorry to hear the town has lost someone who gave so much of himself and his time to his community and his country. As moderator, he brought respect to Town Meeting; and those on both sides of an issue knew he believed in the form of government he resided over, even if they didn't agree with his decision. My sincere sympathy to his family.

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