Mr. Noble Frederick Whittaker

Published: 26 Jul 2012 09:30

A much loved husband, father and brother, Mr. Noble Frederick Whittaker, of Leighan, Monea, passed away suddenly at Sligo General Hospital on Saturday, July 7, 2012. Noble, accompanied by his wife, Diane was in Rossnowlagh, where he planned to watch the annual 'Twelfth' parade, when he collapsed that morning. His death, which followed a period of declining health in recent years, occurred just five days short of his 72nd birthday.

Mr. Noble Frederick Whittaker

Born on July 11, 1940, he was the eldest son of the late David Ernest and Mary Jane Whittaker of Leighan, Derrygonnelly. Noble was educated at Monea Primary School and then worked on the family farm with his father and younger brother Ernie. When their father died Noble continued working on the farm until his marriage on August 7, 1974, to Diane, formerly Britton.

The couple had two children, Rodney and Cheryl. Unfortunately Cheryl was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 14 months and succumbed to the disease on November 11, 1996, aged 16 years. A special bond of father and daughter had existed between Noble and Cheryl.

Noble's medical history started at the age of nine following rheumatic fever. He underwent three open heart operations in 1968, 1997 and 2009. He became acquainted with many people in the medical profession at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, the former Erne Hospital, Enniskillen, and the general practices of Derrygonnelly and Dr. Mark Cathcart and partners, Enniskillen.

Following his marriage to Diane, he took up employment as a sales representative at first with a few different firms. He then became self-employed and enjoyed travelling around farms and marts in Fermanagh and Tyrone. His farming experience and humorous approach endeared him to many farmers, as in spite of his medical condition, Noble always maintained his gregarious personality.

From 1998 until his retirement in 2005, Noble was employed with Scotts Feeds where he formed some lasting friendships with both staff and customers.

A hardworking, devoted family man, he enjoyed his home and was always appreciative of people calling in for a chat. Among his passions was gardening and he grew both vegetables and flowers. He was a member of Magheraboy Orange Lodge.

Noble's funeral service at Devenish Parish Church was conducted by Diocesan Curate, the Rev. Sampson Ajuka, assisted by the Dean of Clogher, Dean Kenneth Hall. The hymns were Great is Thy Faithfulness (a family favourite sung at his daughter Cheryl's funeral); Abide With Me; and Be Thou My Vision (one of Noble's favourite hymns). The organist was Glenn Moore. Burial took place in the adjoining churchyard.

Noble is survived by his wife Diane and son Rodney. He leaves his sister, Iris Lennox and husband Thomas, Coleraine; and his three brothers: Ernie and wife Georgina, Leighan; Eric and wife Carole, Drumcose; and Edward and Joan, Maguiresbridge, the wider family circle and his friends. The funeral arrangements were by funeral director, S.R. Elliott and Sons, Darling Street, Enniskillen.

Jump to first paragraph.

Get more stories from our Obituaries section

10 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Mr. Thomas Henry McDaniel

The death has taken place of Thomas Henry McDaniel, peacefully after a short illness, at his home at 37 Ferney View, Ballinamallard.

Social: Comments0 comments

10 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Mrs. Norma Montgomery

A native of Enniskillen, Mrs. Norma Montgomery passed away peacefully at her home in Rockgrove Valley, Ballymena, on March 26, 2014.

Social: Comments0 comments

10 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Mr. James (Jim) McKenzie

The death has taken place of Mr. James McKenzie, affectionately known as Jim, late of Ballyreagh, Tempo.

Social: Comments0 comments

3 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Mrs. Edith Cruikshank

A native of Fermanagh, Mrs. Edith Cruikshank passed away recently in Sydney, Australia, at the age of 85 years.

Social: Comments0 comments

3 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Mrs. Gretta Woods

Gretta Woods passed away very peacefully on February 1, 2014, at her home in Pound Street, Irvinestown, surrounded by her loving family.

Social: Comments0 comments

3 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Mr. Frank Maguire

A much loved, devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother, Frank Maguire passed away peacefully at his home in Gortineddan, Derrylin on March 1, 2014, aged 80 years.

Social: Comments0 comments

3 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Miss Samantha McKenzie

The recent death of Samantha McKenzie at her home in Chanterhill, caused widespread sorrow among her friends and family.

Social: Comments0 comments

27 Mar 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Mrs. Sarah McQuillan

The death of Mrs. Sarah McQuillan (pictured on her 103rd birthday), last surviving member of her family, on Saturday, March 15, and her burial on March 18 in her 104th year, saw the end of a long life and involvement in Fermanagh and Lough Erne.

Social: Comments0 comments

13 Mar 2014 09:30 • Editorial Department

Mrs. Irene Isabella McWilliams

A much loved, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Mrs. Irene McWilliams, late of Hollybrooke, Lisnaskea, passed away peacefully at the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen, on February 2, 2014.

Social: Comments0 comments

13 Mar 2014 09:30 • Editorial Department

Mr. Francis Frederick Gibson

A much-loved, devoted husband, father and grandfather, Francis Frederick Gibson, also known to many as “Tanch”, passed away peacefully at his home at 12 Kilmacormick Road, Enniskillen, on January 24, 2014, aged 65 years.

Social: Comments0 comments

13 Mar 2014 09:30 • Editorial Department

Mr. Stanley John James Hughes

The death occurred peacefully at his home on February 21, 2014, of Mr. Stanley John James Hughes, a dedicated farmer and devoted family man, late of 40 Liscreevin Road, Irvinestown, aged 75 years.

Social: Comments0 comments

13 Mar 2014 09:30 • Editorial Department

Mr. John Albert (Bertie) Johnston

A much loved husband, father and grandfather, Mr. John Albert (Bertie) Johnston passed away peacefully at South West Acute Hospital on February 25, 2014, aged 86 years.

Social: Comments0 comments

6 Mar 2014 09:30 • Editorial Department

Mr. Nial Hamilton

A well-known and highly regarded member of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, Nial Hamilton, a much-loved husband and father of two from Enniskillen, passed away on February 10, 2014, aged 44 years.

Social: Comments0 comments

27 Feb 2014 13:30 • Editorial Department

Mrs. Elizabeth Emily Stephenson

The death took place recently, at the age of 91 years, of Mrs. Elizabeth Emily Stephenson (nee Golden) of Millcroft Nursing Home and late of 10, Derrin Road, Enniskillen.

Social: Comments0 comments

27 Feb 2014 13:30 • Editorial Department

Mrs. Mary Thornton

There has been widespread regret in the Kinawley and Swanlinbar area at the sudden death of Mary Thornton on January 16, 2014.

Social: Comments0 comments

27 Feb 2014 13:30 • Editorial Department

Mr. Thomas (Tommie) Johnston

A much loved father and grandfather, Tommie Johnston, late of Derryhowlaght, Bellanaleck, passed away at the South West Acute Hospital on December 21, 2013.

Social: Comments0 comments

27 Feb 2014 13:30 • Editorial Department

Mrs. Rebecca Elizabeth Coulter

The passing occurred peacefully at the South West Acute Hospital in the early hours of New Year’s Day, 2014, of Mrs. Rebecca Coulter, also affectionately known as Becky.

Social: Comments0 comments

6 Feb 2014 12:57 • Editorial Department

Mrs. Rebecca (Reba) Corrigan

A much loved mother and grandmother, Reba Corrigan, late of Joymount, Church Hill, passed away after a short illness on November 4, 2013. She had reached the wonderful age of 93 on May 2, 2013.

Social: Comments0 comments

23 Jan 2014 13:50 • Editorial Department

Mr. Frank Hynes

A well-known and highly regarded gentleman, Mr. Frank Hynes, who will be sadly missed by his family and friends, died on December 24, 2013, at the age of 81 years.

Social: Comments0 comments

23 Jan 2014 13:50 • Editorial Department

Mrs. Madeline Murphy

A well-known and highly respected member of the Enniskillen community, Madeline Murphy passed away peacefully at the South West Acute Hospital on January 13, 2014, aged 86 years.

Social: Comments0 comments