DOVER — A 57-year-old man from Dover has been identified as the victim of an early Sunday morning shooting in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Police responded to a call for a shooting at approximately 3:45 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of West Hayes Avenue.
There they found John E. Noble of Dover, known to most as “Jack.” He was shot and died later at the scene, according to police.
It appeared he died after a robbery attempt, police initially said, but the investigation was still ongoing Monday and no one was in custody.
As police in Milwaukee continued to investigate, friends and neighbors in Dover reminisced about the funny, sometimes “eccentric” man they knew who regularly sang karaoke and liked to make people laugh.
Noble, who lived down the road from Sailor Dan’s, 4614 Sheard Road, would often go into the bar and belt out AC/DC, said Sherry Brunner, co-owner of the bar.
“He was a good singer, very good,” said Ron Hegemann, a longtime friend to Noble.
He even had his own band at one point, said Hegemann’s wife, Linda, who grew up with Noble in the Burlington area.
The band was called the “Pine Street Trolley” and he played at a lot of junior high dances, she said of Noble, who graduated from Burlington High School in 1974. He played the guitar and the saxophone.
And he wasn’t just known for his music. “He loved to wear top hats and suit coats,” Brunner said. “He loved to make people laugh.”
One time he went in to Sailor Dan’s dressed like Elton John with big sunglasses and another time he wore a checkered sports coat, she said. On special occasions he would ride to the bar on his pink pig tractor equipped with a pig nose, tail and ears, Ron Hegemann said.
Besides making people laugh, he also looked out for his aging mother and made sure she was taken care of. He visited her daily and brought her out for Friday fish fries, Brunner said.
She didn’t know what he was doing in Milwaukee. But she guessed it could have had something to do with his job. He worked for a repossession business and would repossess vehicles that people hadn’t made payments on. Sometimes he worked late at night.
“If he was in Milwaukee, he was either there to help someone or to work,” she said. But Milwaukee police said on Monday that Noble he was not working at the time.
“There will never be another guy like Jack,” Linda Hegemann said. “He was one of a kind. He will be missed.”