Vassalboro-Edward Paul Noel "Big Ed" 78, of Vassalboro, Maine and Largo, Florida, died Saturday August 5, 2017 at home by the lake with his family by his bedside. \r\nEd was born in Waterville, Maine on July 27, 1939 the son of Paul E. and Nellie (Haskell) Noel.\r\nEd received his diploma from Winslow High School in 1957. He attended the University of Southern Maine and graduated from Southern Maine Community College with a Machine Tool Technology degree.\r\nHe worked 16 years as a machinist in N.H. and Maine, after which he became an instructor in Machine Tool Technology and Welding for 25 years. He retired from teaching in 1999 from the Capital Area Technical Center.\r\nEd was always actively involved with community services having been the Winslow Jaycees President in 1969 and Exalted Ruler of the Waterville Lodge of Elks # 905 in 1983 of which he was a service member for over 50 years.\r\nIn 1990, Ed was the State President of the Maine Elks Association. He was an avid snowmobiler with family and friends. He lived on Webber Pond for 40 years, his favorite place for boating. He was a longtime New England Patriot\r\nand Boston Celtics fan. Ed enjoyed playing the drums. He was a drummer in dance bands and in retirement, in the Four Seasons Retirement Community Band.\r\nEd was predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Avis. He is survived by his children, Bruce Noel and Michelle Noel of Vassalboro; Michael Noel of Largo, Florida; Lisa Noel Beck of Grandbury, Texas and his very special granddaughter Stephanie Matijevic and her husband Ivan of Fort Worth, Texas. He is also survived by his sister Kathy Binnette and husband Leo of Oakland, Maine and two brothers Joseph Noel and wife Suzette of Waterville, Maine and David Noel of Oakland, Maine. Also by his stepchildren Christine Aucoin, Nanette Wells, Gary, Lenny, Mark and Danny Proulx. Also by his very special friend and companion Mary Barnes.\r\nThere will be no public visitation. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 A.M. Friday August 11, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Church 47 Monument Street Winslow, Maine. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at www.gallantfh.com\r\nIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of Maine or to The Good Shepard Food Bank P.O. Box 1807 Auburn, Maine 04211 for the Vassalboro Food Bank Pantry where Ed has been a donor for many years.