Michael J. Noonan

Born in Detroit, Michigan on December 29, 1945

Departed on February 6, 2020 and resided in Fairview, Tennessee

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Michael J. Noonan- Age 74, of Fairview, passed away February 6, 2020.

Papa: the Man, the Myth, the Legend

Michael James Noonan, or Papa, as many of his loved ones called him, left us way too early. He touched so many lives and no matter the situation he was able to make it better with his character and personality. His spirit will live on forever.

He loved well. His wife, partner and best friend was his greatest joy. He made everything about others first before ever worrying about himself. He loved his career and was a great teacher and motivator. He loved to educate and make things better. He took pride in everything he did.

Papa enjoyed his family and always created a place where family and friends could come and be around each other. He worked hard to provide for his kids and their families and loved them dearly. He would move mountains for his grandkids and loved being around them. He had a love hate relationship with the game of golf. He loved to play but hated getting beat. But you could find him on the course every chance he got. He also found the love of poker and could be found playing online or with the guys. His poker face was masterful. Be careful angels if you find yourself in a game with him. He most likely isn’t bluffing!

His love for life was contagious. He was a fighter until the very end. He loved his country and fought for the freedoms of others. He loved his football. His favorite team was the Michigan Wolverines and you could find him yelling “Go Blue” most weekends only in the fall. “Hail to the victors” was his favorite anthem. In everything he did, he showed passion and love. He lived a life that most would dream.

Big Mike, the Buda of the Muda, Papa, Noonan, whatever you knew him by, you were better because you knew him. There are many words that can describe him but they would most likely all fall short.
He will be missed. Rest easy! Heaven received an extraordinary Angel.

We stand and salute you! You were so loved!
Rest In Peace and Go Blue!

Preceded in death by his parents Blanche Helen Bowers Noonan and Michael Patrick Noonan; sister Mary Janice; brother Howard “Bud”. Survived by his loving wife of 38 years Barbara Noonan; children Michael J. Noonan, Jr. (Pam), Randy Patrick Noonan (Michele), Bryant Parker, Danny Noonan (Genienne) and Patrick Parker (Kristen); grandchildren Lynsey Goodwin (Brian), Kaitlyn Noonan, Holly Noonan, Dylan Noonan, Allyson Parker, Eryn Parker, Dawson Parker, Brady Noonan, Blake Noonan, Avery Parker and Weston Parker; great-grandchild Leeya Goodwin; several extend family members and friends.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank Cathy and Lisa from Alive Hospice for the attention and care giving to Mr. Noonan.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alive Hospice, St. Jude’s Children Hospital or the charity of one’s choice.

A Life Celebration will be held 1:00pm, Saturday, February 29th at The Noonan’s home in Fairview with a gathering following until 4:00pm.

Harpeth Hills Funeral Home 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN, 37221 harpethhills.com

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13 Comments to Michael J. Noonan

  1. Robbie Castleberry
    February 8, 2020 9:49 pm

    Great memories back in the day with you and Mike,
    When we were neighbors in Murfreesboro..
    Also yall being in our Nissan family. Prayers for you and the family.

  2. Bruce Andersen
    February 9, 2020 1:42 pm

    “I had the pleasure of working with and learning from Mike while working at Nissan in Smyrna, TN. He was a great guy with a huge heart. I have many fond memories of him. He will be missed. ”

  3. Terry Parrott
    February 9, 2020 7:07 pm

    I was fortunate enough to work with Mike and Barbara, as well as play many rounds of golf with Mike. He was very competitive, and a great guy who loved his family very much. Prayers go out to his family during this time.

  4. Terry Parrott
    February 9, 2020 7:26 pm

    I had the privilege of working with both Mike and Barbara, and was fortunate to enjoy many rounds of golf with Mike. He was very competitive, and had a deep love for his family. Our prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

  5. Gary Johnston
    February 9, 2020 7:50 pm

    Big Mike was a golfing buddy and friend. Prayers for Barbara and the family.

  6. Jason Vasiliades
    February 10, 2020 11:49 am

    Prayers to all of you. May his memory be eternal.

  7. Jane Elrod
    February 10, 2020 7:18 pm

    I always had the greatest respect for Mike and Barbara. I met them both in the early years and we were all part of the Nissan family. I’m praying for Barbara and for all of Mike’s family and friends. RIP Mike. 🙏🏻

  8. Rob Spruill
    February 10, 2020 8:47 pm

    Mike was also a gifted speaker and salesman. He was born to stand in front of a huge room of people and captivate the room with a presentation – the more people the better. It wasn’t unusual for his presentations to be educating the audience on a new program or initiative of his own creation. He was a visionary, who consistently won the complete confidence, trust and support of senior management he reported too. Prayers for Barbara – his wonderful wife, partner and Nissan employee whom everyone loved as equally as Mike.

  9. Thomas Groom
    February 11, 2020 8:17 am

    Mike was one of the first people I met when I started working for Nissan in the summer of 81. He and I had desk beside each other in the old barracks. Mike was always a pleasure to be around. His personality filled the room and he always had time to answer my many stupid questions. I remember the wonderful time we all had at Mike and Barbara’s wedding. It’s hard to believe that was 38 years ago. He will be missed by all who knew him. Prayers for Barbara and the family. TG.

  10. Don Springer
    February 11, 2020 12:20 pm

    Mike was a great guy with a super sense of humor. The Springers send our condolences, its been since 94 that I interacted with Mike but he will always be remembered. Prayers go out the family …….

  11. Kathy Alexander Brandon
    February 11, 2020 3:14 pm

    I don’t Facebook, but saw this…Mike and Barbara were always very kind to me at Nissan. I remember them as a loving couple and just thought they were beautiful together! Barbara, my prayers are with you and your family. May the peace of God sustain you and His love surround you. I remember you from the early days of Nissan and loved everyone from Michigan building the dream! Yu guys were some of the good folk I was blessed to have paths cross with. In deepest and heartfelt sympathy, Kathy

  12. Judy Johnson
    February 14, 2020 9:15 am

    I’m so sad to hear of Mike’s passing. I have so many fun memories of the old NIssan days – what an accomplishment we all did. Lots of hard work, laughter, golf and of course Euchre!! Much love to you Barbara, Judy

  13. Gerry Kretschmar
    February 23, 2020 10:50 am

    Mike was a grand person and good friend during all the years we were associated at Nissan. God bless his soul as he is now at rest in the arms of the Lord. Peace be to Barb and family at this sad time. Mike, remain a true GO BLUE man up there too.

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