NOELL, MYERS, of Miami Shores, Florida, passed away peacefully on January 23rd, 2014 surrounded by family. Another member of the Greatest Generation is gone, having set a fine example for those who knew and loved him. Born October 15, 1924 in Louisville, KY, Myers came to South Florida at an early age. He learned very young the beauty of Biscayne Bay, and had a life long love with the water. He graduated from Miami Edison High School, and later went on to graduate from Capitol University in Columbus, Ohio. He completed his studies in electrical engineering at Indiana University. During the WWII years, he accomplished his flight training in Ft. Worth, Texas, and subsequently served in the rank of Lieutenant as B-24 pilot in the Army Air Corps. In post war years, he and his brother Lane founded Florida Wire Fabrics in Hialeah, Florida, producing aluminum wire products and screening. The company, highly successful and technically advanced, soon became one of the first producers of coaxial cable in large quantities. The company was eventually sold to Alcoa Aluminum. Myers was well known for his engineering skill and his ability to construct just about anything himself. Whether it was the machinery in his plant, the beautiful home he built in Miami Shores, or the 50' sailing yacht MYJAC. Myers' achievements and insight were remarkable to all who knew him. Myers' passion for the water and sailing spanned his whole life. Starting with building and sailing small sailing dinghies as a teenager along Miami's downtown waterfront, he would eventually become a National Champion in the Raven Class, Commodore of the Miami Yacht Club, and member of Coral Reef Yacht Club. He was also an avid blue water sailor on the MYJAC, cruising the Caribbean and also the coastal United States from Florida to Maine. He also maintained a second residence for 25 years in Vail, Colorado, to be closer to his family. He is survived by his wife, Jaqulyn Martin Noell, his brother Lane Noell, daughters Renee Noell Wettlaufer, Valerie Noell Murray, son Michael Myers Noell, and grandchildren Georgia Wettlaufer, Taylor Wettlaufer, Alexa Murray, Ryan Noell, and Dylan Noell. In lieu of flowers, Myers' wish, and that of his family, would be to contribute on his behalf to the
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Published in Miami Herald on Feb. 16, 2014