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Jim Noon, missing Hopkinton man, succumbs to injury in Hospital

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James (Jim) Noon, who went missing on September 10 and was later recovered by Hopkinton Fire and Police, died recently at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester.

Mr. Noon, 84, walked away from his apartment at Golden Pond Assisted Living Center on September 10 at approximately 10:00 PM. His absence was reported at 12:30 AM on September 11.

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Hopkinton Fire and Police, along with the District 14 Technical Rescue Team and State Police, worked for nearly three days to locate Mr. Noon, ultimately finding him near a creek just north of Icehouse Pond on September 12. They extricated him from the woods and transported him to the hospital.

Mr. Noon was diagnosed with Sepsis and died of his injuries on September 16.

A longtime resident of Newton, Mr. Noon was born May 12, 1939 in upstate New York. According to his obituary, he was an instructor in neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and researcher at MGH and McLean. He later developed his own scientific advertising company, Noon Advertising and Marketing and ran the company for more than 40 years.

He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth Narva Noon, five children, and nine grandchildren.

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  1. Imagine if the search WASN’T Called off because it got dark! Maybe Mr. Noon would still be alive. Instead of breaking an arm patting ourselves on the back there needs to be an investigation into how this case was mishandled.

    • RIP Mr Noon.
      Respect to Law Enforcement and Search & Rescue!
      To Beth: It’s common to get caught up in hypothetical scenarios. I sincerely hope that the name displayed isn’t your real name and that you’re not the Constable of the town. If that’s the case, I’d like you to imagine that you’re not narrow-minded and that you’ll respect the grieving of the family.

      • If we met privately to discuss this before you went public, I would have kept you concerns in confidence. You decided to discuss it here, please discuss it here. As a first responder, who happened to have something to do with this incident, would like to here what we mishandled.

  2. Good people are saddened by this and offer their prayers and condolences. Then there’s the hater who ignores this man and his family and bashes the first responders who put their lives on the line every single day for everyone. Even the haters. Some people are just horrible, and they prove that over and over and over again.

    Rest well Mr Noon and sympathies to your family.

    • Bill,
      Assuming your remarks are in response to Beth’s comments I’m not sure why you would define her as a “hater”. Quite the contrary I interpret her comment as having sympathy for this man and his family.

    • Calling people haters? This is coming from someone who doesn’t live in Hopkinton, doesn’t do business in Hopkinton and lives 700 miles from Hopkinton seems to not be engaged in the actual happenings in the town or vested paying property taxes. It has been years since you have lived here, a public search doesn’t show you as ever being a town volunteer on any past committee and rarely even voted. May this man RIP and not be fodder for discord.

  3. Perhaps we could all take a moment to remember that, no matter how upsetting this is, this may not be the place for debate and discussion of whether or not things could have been done differently. Though I believe there is always room for improvement, discussion on how to better handle things in the future, and best practices, I don’t think this is the greatest or most impactful place to post them. Let’s not lose sight of the fact that this man has a family and they probably don’t need a constant reminder of how things could have been handled differently… they’re grieving; they could probably use our support, condolences and prayers more so than the public blame game and finger pointing.
    Let me be very clear (before I’m the next one getting bashed): I am in no way saying I think that these things shouldn’t be topics of discussion! Anything that makes you feel strongly should be up for discussion. And I’m sure there are avenues to be explored to have your thoughts be a part of the solution in future situations. But may I suggest it be taken to a different forum?
    Perhaps if someone else was in charge of this search things would have been different, we’ll never know for sure. But the coulda, shoulda, wouldas won’t bring back this member of our community… and they certainly don’t bring about the love, kindness and support that this community stands for. Or at least that it used to stand for….

  4. If golden pond wasn’t so negligent this could have been prevented. Do not send your loved ones there if you want them to live. From the mice running all around the building in residents rooms, their food, not to mention all over the main kitchen it’s disgusting.

  5. To the Noon family; my heart is deeply saddened by your loss. May God envelope you all with His love and compassion, filling your hearts and minds with beautiful memories. My sympathies go out to you all. 😥

  6. I’m so sad to read this morning that Mr. Noon passed away. I couldn’t be more proud of our Hopkinton Police and Fire Depts. Along with the Tactical Rescue Team and State Police, it was a 100 percent effort. Thank you to all those that helped in this difficult search. RIP Mr. Noon🙏🏼

  7. Unreal comment by Beth Malloy, Hopkinton Town Constable. Even if you feel this way and have those questions…this is not the time or the place. You owe an apology to all our first responders, Mr. Noon’s family, and anyone else that’s reading this. What a disgrace.

  8. My deepest sympathies to his family and may he Rest In Peace. I am more than proud of every first responders. Firefighter. Police officer. John Q Public. State police who did their job with a good outcome. Sadly he succumbed to sepsis which is a systemic infection and may have contributed to his initial confusion and wandering off. But what those people did searching for him was nothing short of heroic in my opinion. It’s sad that this victory ended in tragedy. And when I read a comment or two by some who are obviously going through life FILLED with hatred… THAT IS THE REAL TRAGEDY.. RIP Mr Noon

  9. Stop the blame game ! There is no wrong done here. Golden Pond is an end of life facility. Hopkinton fire & police do their best the burden of saving everyone is impossible to achieve yet all first responders strive for. The real guilt is the disease of Alzheimer’s & dementia so sad to see the mind and conscious fail before the body. Know that this tragedy will teach lessons. Love on your family and friends knowing this could be your family.


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