Charles A. Noble


Charles Noble passed peacefully in his home, in the early morning hours of June 6th, 2023.

Charles’s journey began 74 years ago, on December 13, 1948, in Albany, NY, and brought him across the country and abroad before landing him in New York City in the early 1970s. There Charles met Francesca Harris, who would become his wife.

In 1983 the couple bought a small barn in Accord, New York. Together with friends and family, they renovated the barn into a home and lived there as weekenders for a decade before moving to the Hudson Valley full time in 1993. During this time they welcomed their son, Oliver Noble.

Charles spent 20 years as a pension actuary — rising to the position of vice president at Alexander & Alexander Services — and 9 years as an administrator at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, where he helped shepherd the institution to financial stability. But it was away from a desk, and outside with the land and animals, where Charles finally found the work that satisfied him most.

In 2004, he started his grass-fed beef business, “Movable Beast Farm.” Over the next 15 years the operation grew from a single animal to more than 80 cattle. Grass-fed beef, from the descendants of Charles’s herd, is now available at Grass Roots Farm and Tongore Farm.

He is loved and will be missed by his wife of 42 years, Francesca Noble, his son and daughter-in-law, Oliver Noble and Jamie Brzeski-Noble, his brother Daniel Noble, his extended family, and many dear friends.