Ed Noble was born in London, England to parents Frank and Lillian Noble. Ed had five brothers and sisters. In 1920 the Noble family emigrated to North Burnaby, where Ed trained as a teacher at Vancouver Normal School after he graduated from high school. In World War II he joined the Royal Air Force and served with a secret Mobile Radar Unit in North Africa and France. After transferring to the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1945, Ed attended the University of British Columbia and graduated in 1949. That same year, he married Sylvia Grahame in Vancouver.

In 1951 the couple moved to Mission where Ed worked as a teacher, first at Deroche Elementary and then Mission Central Elementary until 1958. Ed was appointed Principal of Hatzic Elementary in 1958, when the school consisted of three rooms. Eight years later, a new school was being constructed in an area then known as “East Mission”, and Ed was appointed founding Principal. The new school was Windebank Elementary, where, after 13 exemplary years as Principal, Ed retired.

An outstanding citizen of Mission, Ed was a member of Mission Rotary for 25 years and won the Paul Harris Fellowship. His many interests and hobbies occupied him all his life, and his proficiency at ballroom dancing was recognized when Ed won a Gold Medal in Ballroom Dancing at the age of 84. He also loved woodworking, soccer and hockey, and was known for his mild manner and humour. He and Sylvia raised three children and enjoyed the company of their grandchildren and extended family.



Mission City Record, April 18, 1979