Noel L., 69, passed away unexpectedly on May 13, 2014 while camping in Yosemite, CA. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Barry Camborde (Von Wiegen); daughter and son-in-law Jacqueline Camborde and James Kutsko (Santa Fe); daughter and son-in-law Suzanne and Joseph Turner (Bedford, MA); granddaughters Satya and Zosia Kutsko and Sabrina Turner. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alice and Lawrence Camborde and in-laws, Julia and John Von Wiegen.
Born in New York City in 1944, Noel grew up in Dumont, NJ. He met his wife, Kathleen, at the tender age of 5 - they attended kindergarten together, only to go to different elementary and high schools and reunite during their junior year. They married in 1966, and made their home in Ringwood, NJ, where they lived for 42 years.
Noel served in the US Army (Airborne, Special Forces, Ft. Bragg, NC) from 1966-1969. Upon leaving the Service he began his career in telecommunications working for the New York Telephone Company. He went on to work for MCI, Western Union, General Dynamics and Telecom Plus, eventually opening his own telecommunications company, SynCom Networks. During this time he was also an active volunteer with the New Jersey Jaycees, serving several terms as President of the Ringwood chapter, a member of the Independent Telephone Pioneers Association. and the Special Forces Association.
Noel retired in 2006 and he and Kathy relocated to Santa Fe. It was here that he pursued two of his greatest passions, skiing and helping others. Noel worked at the Santa Fe Ski Basin as an Instructor in the Adaptive Ski Program. He was a registered Member of Rocky Mountain Division of Professional Ski Instructors of America since 2008.
This work led him to also become an active member of the Wounded Warriors; National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic-Aspen, CO and The Wheelchairs to Waterski Summer Veteran's program.
As if this weren't enough for retirement, he also worked as a handyman for Barker Management and countless grateful residents of Eldorado. He also enjoyed playing golf, hiking, the ocean in Rhode Island, and camping with family and the many new friends he and Kathy made in New Mexico.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 28th, from 4-6 PM at the Eldorado Community Center in Santa Fe, NM.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Noel's memory to The Adaptive Ski Program, 1595 Camino La Canada, Santa Fe, NM 87501,
www.adaptiveski.org; The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. Santa Fe, NM 87501,
www.lensic.org or the
Published in The Record on May 25, 2014