AUGUSTA, Maine – State Rep. William Noon, D-Sanford, has died, according to a release from Maine Speaker of the House Mark Eves.

Noon, 66, died Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer, Eves, D-North Berwick, said in a press release issued by his office.

The news comes just one day before the Legislature was set to reconvene and finalize its work for 2015.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Rep. Bill Noon,” Eves said in a prepared statement. “For those of us who had the honor to serve with Bill, he will be remembered for his strength and dedication to his community. Despite his battle with cancer, Bill remained committed to standing up for his constituents at the State House. He was a fighter. We will all remember Bill for his advocacy for the environment and for Maine’s farms, his love of his family and work, and for his sense of humor even during the hardest of times.”

Reps. Ken Fredette, R-Newport and Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester, the House minority leaders, also issued a joint statement conveying condolences Wednesday.

“House Republicans are deeply saddened by the news of Rep. William Noon’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time,” Espling and Fredette said in the joint statement.

Noon was serving his second term in the Maine House of Representatives, as a member of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee. He was a small business owner and a longtime member of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine.

Noon also served on the Sanford Planning Board for more than 20 years, including eight years as chairman.

Noon is survived by his wife, Jean, two children and three grandchildren.