Thomas M. Noonan, 80, of Ladue died June 1, 2018, at home, the way he wanted.
A graduate of St. Louis University High School then St. Louis University, he was the community banker to many in town. Starting his career at Mercantile Trust Company, he served on the leadership team of the St. Louis County Bank until the merger with Commerce Bank in 1984. He retired from Commerce as Vice Chairman in 2005. Tom believed character to be the foundation for credit. Within the industry, he was active for many years with the American Bankers Association and Missouri Bankers Association (MBA). He served as chairman of the MBA.
Civically, Tom invested his time, energy and intellect in organizations that improved the lives of many. As a young man, he served in the Missouri Air National Guard and made lifelong friends, before building his career. He was an elected alderman for the City of Clayton and advocated and drove many decisions that make Clayton what it is today. For the Archdiocese of St. Louis, he served as the Chairman of the Archdiocesan Fund from 1996-2005 and was currently serving on the Finance Council and Audit Committee. He proudly served as a trustee of Fontbonne University from 1987-1993 and a trustee of St. Louis University from 1994-2006. He was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of White House Jesuit Retreat. He served on the SSM Healthcare Corporate Board and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Foundation. He was a Knight of Malta and a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher. He enjoyed many nights at the Den with his friends as a Prophet.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Gabrielle “Gay”; his children Stephen (the late John Rowe) of New York City; Timothy (Julie), Lucy England (Michael), and Elizabeth “Betsy”, all of St. Louis; sister Mary Jeanne Tackaberry of St. Louis and ten grandchildren.
Tom was a beloved husband, dad, father-in-law, grandpa, brother, uncle, colleague, and friend to all who knew him. Tom was a believer, joiner and doer, turning any involvement into commitment that left his family, organizations, and many people better for his being there. Tom’s wisdom, humor, integrity, character, compassion and humility will be missed and long remembered.
Funeral and interment will be private. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Ste. Genevieve du Bois, Warson Woods, MO. Visitation with the family will begin at 9:00AM and mass begins at 10:00AM or maybe 10:10 in deference to Tom’s punctuality.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tom’s name may be made to The Little Bit Foundation (www.thelittlebitfoundation.org) or White House Jesuit Retreat (www.whretreat.org).