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Remembering Joe Noisette-

August 12, 2009
Joseph Nathaniel Noisette Jr., 1953- 1994

Joseph Nathaniel Noisette Jr., 1953- 1994

Joe Noisette, 40, a union leader at the Charleston Naval Shipyard died of heart attack in his sleep in 1994.
The first time he ever spoke to a public audience was in May 1993 before the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. For 22 minutes Joe made the case for sparing Charleston for its military value and seriously looking at bases the Navy had not nominated. It helped force the commission to consider closing other facilities such as those in Portsmouth, NH and Mare Island, CA.
After the North Charleston closure was announced, Joe Noisette devoted himself to helping his fellow workers. He was appointed to the BEST (Building Economic Solutions Together) recovery committee. He was one of three people representing the 5,600 shipyard workers. He served on the policy committee, the executive committee, the base re-use subcommittee and co-chaired the worker retention task force.

Brick at Naval Base Memorial

Brick at Naval Base Memorial

He is buried at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery on Spruill Avenue.   A commemorative brick in the walk at the Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial bears his name. The Memorial, commissioned by Mayor Keith Summey, honors all civilian and military individuals who ever worked at the Navy Yard in its 95-year history.

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  1. August 13, 2009 4:15 pm

    Thank you so much for honoring my brother; we just celebrated my mother and his birthday on Aug 8th; it was a great moving event to be on Twitter today and see his Name there being honor. We still miss him so much he would have been 56yrs old; he has 5 grandchildren now and the 6th is expected in October. It saddens me that he has never met them. I know he would have been a great grandfather as he was a great father, husband, son, big brother and uncle.

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