It has been a tough week at North Country Public Radio after word went out Monday evening about the sudden passing of Bill Knoble, husband to NCPR station manager Ellen Rocco, and a friend to countless many throughout the NCPR community and around the North Country.
Thanks to everyone who has sent condolence messages to Ellen via email and social media. We are collecting them all together and will pass your good wishes on to her. You can direct messages for Ellen and remembrances of Bill to the station at the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, or as a comment on this post.
Bill was a potter and a farmer and a lifelong learner–working toward a geology degree at St. Lawrence University. He was also what Ellen would call a real mensch–stoic, easygoing, hardworking, always willing to lend a hand–an old-school North Country kind of “guy.” As his obituary in the Watertown Daily Times notes, “Bill never owned a cell phone, but he had two tractors.”
Bill had a quirky sense of humor that I found very appealing. I particularly liked the guidance he gave on the spelling of his name–“Noble with a ‘K.’ The ‘K’ at the beginning is silent. . . the ‘K’ at the end is invisible.”
Funeral arrangements are made with the Denesha Funeral Home. A memorial gathering will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Canton, NY on Friday at 3:30 pm.