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Roy T. Noack

We regret to report that retired Seventh District International Representative Roy Noack died on Jan. 23. He was 95.

A native of Winchester, Texas, Brother Noack was initiated into Fort Worth Local 116 in 1937. After the local was amalgamated with Houston Local 716, he served as an executive board member, president and financial secretary before becoming business manager in 1971.

A Navy Seabee during World War II, Noack was appointed as an international representative serving central, east and southeast Texas in 1973. He retired from the staff in 1983.

After his retirement, Brother Noack worked as an electrical inspector for the City of Rockland, Texas, and founded Noack Construction Co.

In 2007, Noack received his 70-year service pin at the Seventh District Progress Meeting in Albuquerque, N.M., presented by President Edwin D. Hill, accompanied by now-retired International Secretary-Treasurer Jon Walters and now-retired International Vice President Jon Gardner.

"Roy labored for two years to win a first contract at Texas Utility's Comanche Peak Nuclear Station. He did a good job dealing with a tough company," says Gardner, who worked with Noack to organize the company's linemen.

Brother Noack leaves behind a wife, six children, 17 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

On behalf of the entire membership of the IBEW, the officers and staff send our condolences to Brother Noack's wife, Evelyn, and his family.


Roy T. Noack

James C. Sharp

We regret to report that retired International Representative James Sharp died on Feb. 4. He was 89.

A Navy veteran during World War II, Brother Sharp was initiated into Lubbock, Texas, Local 850 in 1946. He quickly became active, serving on the executive board and the examining board before being elected president of the local in 1949. Two years later, Sharp became business manager — a position he held for the next two decades.

Appointed by then-International President Charles Pillard as an international representative in 1971, Sharp was assigned to the Construction and Maintenance Department at the IBEW's International Office in Washington, D.C.

He retired in 1987.

An avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, he is survived by his daughter, Susan, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

On behalf of the members and staff of the IBEW, the officers send our condolences to Brother Sharp's family, friends and loved ones.


James C. Sharp