Obituary Rev'd Alexander Sandy Noble

The following obituary was published in the Church Times on 27th April 2018.

On 14 April, the Revd Alexander Frederick Innes Noble: Chaplain and Assistant Master of Pierrepont House School, Frensham (1959-61); Assistant Chaplain and Assistant Master of Repton School (1961-63); Chaplain (1963-66); Chaplain of Blundell's School, Tiverton (1966-72); Assistant Master of St John's C of E Upper School, Cowley (1973-76); Chaplain of Cranbrook School (1976-81); Chaplain of St George's School, Harpenden (1981-90); Hon. Assistant Curate of Herriard with Winslade and Long Sutton and South Warnborough and Tunworth and Upton Grey and Weston Patrick (1990-94); Priest-in-Charge of Oare with Culbone (1995-99); aged 88.

The following obitauary was written by Sandy's daughter, Alison.

Alexander Frederick Innes Noble (Sandy) sadly passed away on 14th April 2018 aged 88. Having been a pupil at Rossall School (1941-48), he became a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery where he continued to nurture his love of sports, especially of rugby and cricket. Afterwards Sandy attended Selwyn College, Cambridge (1950-53), where he obtained a BA in Theological studies as well as, naturally, continuing his passion for sports. Following this Sandy attended the London College of Divinity, was ordained a Priest and took up a number of positions in this capacity: Assistant Curate at Stratton St Margaret, Swindon (1955-57); Assistant Curate at Brislington Parish Church, Bristol (1957-59). He then focused more on the education and nurturing of young minds in various positions: He went on to be Chaplain and Assistant Master of Pierrepoint House School, Frensham (1959-61); Assistant Chaplain and Assistant Master of Repton School (1961-63); Chaplain (1963-66); Chaplain of Blundell's School, Tiverton (1966-72); Assistant Master of St John's C of E Upper School, Cowley (1972-76); House Master and Head of Humanities at Cranbrook School, Kent (1976-81); Chaplain of St George's School, Harpenden (1981-90). When he retired from teaching, he returned to the Priesthood and became Hon. Assistant Curate of Parishes Herriard with Winslade, Long Sutton, South Warnborough, Tunworth, Upton Grey and Weston Patrick (1990-94) in Hampshire, and his final appointment was Priest-in-Charge of Oare with Culbone (1995-99) in North Somerset.

Cricket
Rossall Cricket Team 1948

It was whilst visiting Lee Abbey Ecumenical Christian Retreat on the coast of North Devon that he met Barbara Frances Gladwyn who was, 4 years later to become his beloved wife for 62 happy years. His final words to Barbara were to thank her for their wonderful and loving marriage. Sandy and Barbara were to be reunited on 28th June when she too sadly passed away.

Sandy and Barbara adopted 4 children, Christopher, Clare, Alison and Timothy (who sadly predeceased them both in August 2017). They had 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grand child.

Graduation
Graduation photo 1953

Sandy was a down to earth, no nonsense man, who did not suffer fools gladly. He was full of life and rich in his vocation. Being a man of the people, Sandy always showed great care and kindness towards those he came across. He offered marriage guidance counselling for over 25 years and spent many years supporting Riding for the Disabled. He cared greatly for his students, mentoring them and providing them with pastoral care both on and off the sports fields. Sandy was warm, compassionate and funny, as well as being a light of humanity and common sense. He will always be fondly remembered and respected by everyone who knew him or knew of him.