Arthur J. Noon Jr., 86, co-founded steel company

July 16, 2005

Arthur J. Noon Jr., founder of a steel fabrication company and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Sunday at Bonnie Blink, the Maryland Masonic Home in Hunt Valley. He was 86.

Mr. Noon was born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1937, he was a clerical worker for several years at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. aircraft plant in Middle River.

During World War II, he served as a cryptographer with the Army Signal Corps in the Pacific.

After returning to Baltimore, he worked briefly in the office of Bethlehem Steel's Buffalo Tank Division in Fairfield.

In the early 1950s, he was a co-founder with several partners -- whom he later bought out -- of Fabricated Steel Products Inc. in Cockeysville. The company furnished much of the structural steel for construction of Hunt Valley Industrial Park during the 1960s.

He closed the business in the late 1970s and retired.

Mr. Noon lived in Cockeysville for many years before moving to Naples, Fla., in the 1990s. Since 2000, he had been a resident of Bonnie Blink.

He was a 30-year member and former president of Lions Club International in Cockeysville, and enjoyed working on community service projects such as restoring homes, assembling and delivering Christmas baskets, and providing eyeglasses to the needy.

He was also a Mason and a member of Mount Moriah Lodge 116.

Mr. Noon enjoyed taking cross-country trips, including tours of Alaska and Canada in his recreational vehicle.

Services are private.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Frances Mays; a son, Roger F. Shipley; a daughter, Judith Grey of Monkton; and two grandchildren.

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