By JERRY BARMASH
Veteran WNBC reporter John Noel has died from complications of brain cancer.
We reported that Noel, the Brooklyn native and longtime Channel 4 reporter for the borough, had first suffered from brain cancer last year. He battled back before taking ill again last month. We’re told Noel was being treated at a hospice wing of Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn in his final weeks. The station says Noel was 62.
Tuned In obtained the email that news director Susan Sullivan sent to staffers this afternoon. She said Noel died during the overnight and quoted his brother Randy that John was comfortable and not in any pain at the end.
“What a courageous fight! John was an inspiration to us all,” Sullivan wrote.
Last month, his former WNBC colleague Sue Simmons called Noel “one of the good guys.”
Noel’s Brooklyn spirit, Sullivan wrote, helped keep him focused on reporting even as the treatments ensued.
“His regimen was one most of us could not keep up . He went religiously to the Dojo. But that was not enough for our John . There would be more exercise on the treadmill,” Sullivan said.
Noel joined Channel 4 in February 1998.
In February, he was honored as part of the McDonald’s Black Media Legends and Trailblazers. A. Curtis Farrow runs the public relations firm that oversees the annual event.
“John was the ultimate professional who made us all proud. But the best attribute is that he was a sincerely nice man,” Farrow tells Tuned In. “Although we have tears of sadness, we rejoice in his reputation and the greatness of his work. He has truly left a legacy that we will continue to celebrate.”
Noel arrived in New York after five years as a general assignment reporter at a Detroit television station. Noel spent a decade in the same capacity, according to his WNBC bio, at the NBC affiliate in St. Louis.
“Never forget that man and his smile,” Sullivan added. “I know I never will.”