The family of a longtime Kamloops man had no idea he had left almost $40,000 in donations for city charities when he died earlier this year in Saskatchewan.
Graham Noble hadn’t told anyone he took out three life insurance policies for donations to Kamloops organizations — including $11,025 for Interior Community Services.
The other donations were for $13,000 for the B.C. Interior Community Foundation and $15,000 for the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation.
“I don’t know what he wanted the money to be for,” said Sharon Noble, Graham’s widow after nearly 55 years of marriage. “He certainly always enjoyed helping children.”
Graham Noble died on Jan. 26. He and Sharon moved from Kamloops to Saskatchewan in 1999, but not before the family left its mark on the city.
“Graham was instrumental in forming the Kamloops Foundation, which is now the B.C. Interior Community Foundation, and he helped start the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation,” Sharon said.
“He was the kind of man who always wanted to help people. But he didn’t brag about it. He didn’t ever say, ‘Oh, this is me, look at what I’ve done.’ He was a quiet man of deeds. He did good deeds, but quietly.”
Graham Noble worked as a financial advisor and later invested in real estate. Sharon said her husband had a big heart.
“He was a very caring man,” she said. “I found out a lot more about that after he died. People came to me and said, ‘Oh, he did this for me, he did that for me.’”