Marc Noe of Glen Ellyn, Ill., passed away on Nov. 20, 2021, in Downers Grove, Ill. He was 51. He was the loving son of Tessa M. (James W.) Hill of Glen Ellyn and the late Robert D. Noe of Schererville, Ind., the dear brother of Michele (Michael) Bruck of Lake Zurich, Ill., the devoted uncle of Tess Melvin and Will Melvin, also of Lake Zurich, and the fond cousin of many.
Marc grew up in Glen Ellyn, where he enjoyed many local activities throughout his youth, including playing organized baseball and football, ice skating on Lake Ellyn and attending the 4th of July parades and fireworks. From age 12 through his high school years, he was a volunteer stage crew member of the community theater company, the Before Broadway Players.
He was a graduate of Glenbard West High School, where he excelled in the theater and music
programs, including stage managing several productions, becoming an Illinois All-State
musician, playing Taps at Glen Ellyn’s Memorial Day ceremonies and earning a music
scholarship to Illinois State University. When scenes for the 1986 movie “Lucas” were shot at
the school, he played the trumpet in the movie band. In 1988, he also performed with the
prestigious Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in Drum Corp International competitions.
From a young age, Marc was known for being clever, funny, and a quick learner, all of which
served him well in his career in the restaurant industry. He spent many years with the TGI
Fridays chain, for which he helped open a number of new properties in Illinois, Michigan, and
California. He also assisted in opening the Cheesecake Factory’s first restaurant in the Chicago
Marc was an avid follower of most major sports and loved playing golf, chess, and Scrabble. As
a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, his most memorable year was 2016, when he served as a Cubs
Ambassador at Wrigley Field and earned a World Series championship ring.
In memory of Marc, donations to the DuPage PADS organization (https://dupagepads.org/donate/) will be deeply appreciated.