Rick "Grizz" Noel, 59, Coalport, died Wednesday at UPMC Select Specialty Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born in Spangler, son of Robert T. and Marian L. (Tonkin) Noel of Fallentimber. He married Irene Ginter Oct. 10, 1981, in Coalport. Surviving are his parents; his wife, four children: Mark (Holly Kitko) of Coalport, Brandon of Stafford, Va., Lindsey Noel of Coalport and Natisha Ward (Dan) of Brier Hill, N.Y.; two granddaughters: Leah and Hailey; three siblings: Stephen (Ann Andrews) of Locust Grove, Va., Suzanne Holes (Irvin) of Fallentimber and Michelle Gates (Kerry) of Glasgow; an aunt; two uncles; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by two brothers: Mark and Tony. Grizz worked as a heavy equipment operator for Anderson Company, Manassas, Va., and was a member of numerous social clubs. He enjoyed riding his Harley and was an avid sports fan. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, July 5, 2013, and from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Gibbons Funeral Home, Coalport, Bill Jones, officiating. Committal will be at Beaver Valley Cemetery, Flinton.