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Memorial service to be held for former Bangor athlete killed in rollover

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Clark Noonan, photographed at the Mr. and Miss. Basketball awards dinner on Friday, March 12, 2010 at Husson University in Bangor.
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

STANDISH, Maine — Saint Joseph’s College has canceled its Tuesday afternoon classes and athletic contests to accommodate those heading to Bangor to attend a memorial service for student Clark Noonan, a former Bangor High star athlete killed in a rollover accident on Saturday, college spokeswoman Charmaine Daniels said Monday.

Noonan, 20, was a sophomore business major and basketball player for the Monks who died when the car he was a passenger in went off the road not far from the Standish campus and became entangled in a chain-link fence after rolling over several times.

“Clark touched so many people, and his impact will always be felt on our campus and our basketball program,” Rob Sanicola, Noonan’s basketball coach at Saint Joseph’s, said Monday in a statement released by the college. “It’s an honor that I got to be part of his life.”

Sanicola described Noonan as a dedicated student athlete who made a positive impact on all he met.

“Clark was such a good-hearted young man who had so much to offer to his peers, his coaches and our community,” he said. “His honesty, dedication, discipline, enthusiasm and dependability always came through.”

Bangor High School boys varsity basketball coach Roger Reed said Noonan’s death was a tragic loss.

“What a waste of a great life, because he was such a great young man,” his former coach said. “He had unbelievable drive and determination. I can’t explain how saddened I am by this.”

Noonan was a two-year varsity basketball player at Bangor High School, where as a senior in 2010 he earned Bangor Daily News third-team All-Maine recognition as well as All-Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first team, all-defensive and all-academic honors.

A candlelight vigil was planned for 11 p.m. Monday at Saint Joseph’s College to honor Noonan’s life. The vigil was to begin in Healy Chapel and end at the Harold Alfond Center, Daniels said.

Campus officials held community meetings over the weekend to provide emotional support for students and staff, made grief counselors available and on Sunday dedicated Mass in Noonan’s honor, she said.

“At this time, the college is focused on mutual support, prayer and healing,” Daniels said.

A memorial service for Noonan will be held on campus at a later date, she said.

The fatal crash occurred around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Three other St. Joseph’s students in the car — driver Tyler Hall, 19, of Pittston, James Philbrook, 20, of Auburn and Terence Cullen, 21, of Iowa — each suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and were taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

A nursing supervisor did not return a call Monday seeking information on the condition of the students.

Police said Hall was speeding in his Mazda 626 before he lost control of the sports car.

A dispatcher for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department on Monday referred all questions about the deadly crash to Capt. Don Goulet, who could not be reached for comment.

The Sheriff’s Department is working with the Cumberland County district attorney’s office, which was closed Monday because of Patriots Day, to determine if any charges are warranted against Hall. A Cumberland County Jail official said late Monday afternoon that the Sheriff’s Department had not arrested the driver.

Noonan is survived by his parents and a sister of Bangor. A public service is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bangor Baptist Church, 1476 Broadway. Visiting hours are 4-6 p.m. at the church.

In his obituary printed in the Bangor Daily News, Noonan’s family said he loved to compete in sports but more important he loved making memories with his family.

“Clark’s favorite place to be was ‘on the island’ in Islesboro,” his obituary states. “For 20 years he spent part of his summer vacation at the family home. It was here that he learned to sail, kayak, played Monopoly but most of all he spent time with his family. Many of our favorite memories were created while together on vacation.”

Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.

BDN writers Andrew Neff and Ernie Clark contributed to this report.

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