Harold “Hal” Rolf Noer III, age 68, of Braddock Heights, passed away on July 12, 2021, in his home of natural causes. He was the son of Harold Rolf Noer II and Betty Schegelmelch of Alexandria, VA. Hal Noer was born in November 1952 in Cherry Point, NC. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Temple University. He worked as scientist for more than 20 years before getting a Master’s in business from Hood College. Hal had many jobs through the years, from helping preserving the happiest days of people’s lives as a photographer to helping people realize their dreams of home ownership. The highlight of his career was teaching, as an instructor at Kaplan University, Boys Scout leader of 30 years, and as a firearms and gun safety instructor.
Hal was an eternal student and teacher. He felt and preached knowledge was the most valuable resource in the world and tried to learn and share as much as he could. He started teaching sailing at the age of 16 and did not stop teaching, only varying his topics and targets. He was a part of many organizations from community associations, sailing clubs, usually elevating from member to president like the Optimist Club. He spent over 30 years in the Boy Scouts of America, trying to help the future of the nation be prepared and have the best understanding of the scope of the world as possible. He had and immeasurable impact on our community with his drive to help others whenever he could, often in remarkably creative ways.
As much as he gave to others, he always gave more to his family. He spent sleepless nights to better help both immediate and distant family, whether it was a long midnight car ride, a long phone call at night or hand to hold. He idolized his wife, Kathleen Noer, who gave him two large children, Gregory Noer and Steven Noer. His love of family tempered his sailing escapades and gave him a new outlet to thrive in. He built one home and remodeled another with his family, and his homes were always a work in progress.
Never content to slow down, Hal frequently pushed himself to excel at all things. He started 3 separate companies for himself, he was has presided as president or chairman of numerous nonprofit groups and was learning and adapting every step of the way.
Hal was an incredible personality, able to warm a room and to strike up a genuine conversation with everyone. Frequently stalling his family from leaving any social event, he talked and found the most unique connections. And his family was never surprised when something, from boats, guns, camping gear, or engines without any discernable use came home from a meeting or event. And every single time the item goes to someone else who needed it.
He is survived by his wife Kathleen, his sons, Steven and Gregory, his mother Betty, His sisters Karen Thumb (husband Stephen) and Carol Zacharias (husband Spero.) Funeral service will be held at July 24th at All Saints Church where he was a member and usher for 20 years followed by internment at Mt Olivet cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the charities that he valued, Frederick Rescue Mission or Treeland Foundation inc in Myersville, MD.
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