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Memorial Celebration For Robert “J.R.” Noble Set

Open to the public, a Memorial Celebration for Robert “J.R.” Noble has been scheduled for Saturday, March 19, from 2 p.m. 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla. The address for the hotel is 9801 International Drive.

The well-known offshore powerboat racer died, apparently from a massive heart attack according to a family member, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 8, at his home in Orlando, Fla. He was 58 years old.


A considerable presence in the offshore racing community, Robert “J.R.” Noble died on Tuesday, March 9, at his home in Orlando, Fla. Photo coutesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thril Pix.

Via online message boards as well as Facebook and other forms of social media, the outpouring of sorrow and grief at Noble’s passing has been widespread. Offshore racers and fans around the world continue to express sadness at the loss of Noble, who was a leader and a pivotal member of the offshore racing community.

“The service will be in the same format as those for Joey Gratton and Reese Lewis,” said Mike Fosse, who is engaged to Noble’s sister, Shari, and was Noble’s first throttleman when he started racing in 2007. “When J.R. attended those memorials, he said that’s what he wanted, all the racers to come in their race uniforms for a celebration.”

Editor’s note: Additional details on the upcoming Memorial Celebration for Robert “J.R.” Noble will follow as they become available. All of the speedonthewater.com team members express their condolences to Noble’s family and friends. A feature on the influential offshore racer will appear in the next Speed On The Water digital magazine, which will go live on March 21.

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