Noel de la Motte

Noel de la Motte, age 77, formerly of Canton, N.Y., passed away at Peconic Bay Medical Center, Riverhead, N.Y., on May 11, 2020, due to complications of COVID-19. 

Predeceased by her parents, Charles and Anna (Koldrick) de la Motte, she is survived by her brother, Charles de la Motte, his wife, Jane, son Nicholas and daughter Anna de la Motte Tallerico, all of New Jersey, and her longtime friend Carol Grzywinski of Jamesport, N.Y. 

A graduate of Bethpage High School, Noel earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, N.Y. An accomplished tympanist, she toured the northeastern United States and Europe with various orchestras and served as tympanist with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra in its inaugural season. Her last performance was as guest tympanist with the Clayton Community Band in 2012. 

Noel’s passion was teaching. Her beginning instrumental music students ranged from elementary school through adulthood. In Canton, Noel was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church and an active volunteer and supporter of North Country Public Radio and the Canton Free Library. 

There will be no memorial service. Instead, Noel wants everyone who knew her to extend all the goodness in life to everyone you meet. Be kind, be caring, share music and laughter, take care of each other and Mother Earth. 

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Tuthill-Mangano Funeral Home. Condolences and memories can be left at 

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