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William C. Nobes "Billy" 1962 - 2018

       It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that we reported  the sudden passing of longtime member and friend, Billy Nobes on January 6th of 2018. The GRHC has known Billy and his wife Carol, daughter Lindsey, and twin boys, Kyle and Garret for over 20 years now. They have been longtime volunteers, members, and friends who are always willing to lend a helping hand. Billy especially was always there to assist us in any way he could and was a cherished member of the GRHC family. He was truly a fun, warm person who would do anything for anyone.  A wonderful father and devoted husband, his loss is devastating  We were shocked to learn of his sudden passing as no one expected this great loss.

               In January, immediately after his passing, several members and friends stepped up to support the family.  Mountain View Training Center in Granby was one of the first to step up to help the family.  Former board members  Dan Dali Haber and Tim Dali decided to raise funds for the Lindsay Nobes Scholarship Fund at their annual Holiday party back on January 28th.  The GRHC  donated to the fund too.  Please see his obituary below if you wish to make a donation to this fund. Again, our deepest sympathies go out the family.


Obituary of Billy Nobes, longtime GRHC Member and Supporter

          William C. Nobes, 55, passed away suddenly on January 6, 2018. Born March 31, 1962 in Lemoore, CA, son of the late Jack M. and Beverly (Lunde) Nobes. Bill moved to S. Hadley in 1966 and graduated from South Hadley High School in 1980. At the age of 25 he moved to Granby. Bill worked as a supervisor for Penske Automotive Group in E. Hartford. Bill was a master at painting cars and motorcycles, where his artistic abilities flourished. Bill loved animals and the great outdoors, especially boating and horseback riding. He was an avid Nascar, Patriots and Red Sox fan, always listening to the games while doing projects in the barn and around the yard. He will be remembered throughout town for always lending a helping hand. He was most proud of all his children, they were the loves of his life. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Carol (Powtak) Nobes and three children, Garrett Nobes of Belchertown, Kyle Nobes of North Liberty, IA and Lyndsey Nobes at home. He is also survived by three siblings, Karen Washburn of Amherst, Michael Nobes and wife Dianne of Belchertown and Janet Lipscomb and husband Mike of Belchertown. He also leaves three nieces and a nephew. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 11th, 2018  from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Beers & Story South Hadley Funeral Home. A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the Granby United Church of Christ. Burial is at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Lyndsey Nobes Scholarship Fund, c/o the Polish National Credit Union. For more information or to sign the online guest book, please visit