Noel Leon Janikian

December 4, 1969June 7, 2018
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Noel Leon Janikian, 48, of Garner, North Carolina passed away unexpectedly on June 7, 2018 at UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 15, 2018 at 3pm, at Freedom Biker Church, 131 Guy Road, Clayton, NC 27520. The family will receive friends Thursday, June 14, from 6-8pm at McLaurin Funeral Home, 12830 US 70 Business HWY West, Clayton, NC 27520. Arrangements are by McLaurin Funeral Home. Noel was born in New Hampshire to the late Gregory Janikian of Massachusetts and Leanora Smith of Florida on December 4th, 1969. He married Victoria Masilionis on April 9, 1994 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He worked as a Master Technician for Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson formerly known as Ray Price Harley-Davidson in Raleigh, North Carolina for 14 years. Noel received numerous Brad Whitfield Ingenuity awards for his outstanding ability to think outside the box for practical solutions to complex problem repairs. He was considered the “electronic guru” by his co-workers. Noel's greatest joy in life was being a husband to Vicki and father to Alex (17) and Natalie (11). He enjoyed riding dirt bikes, cycling and performing with the garage band he founded, Flywheel. He also founded the local band Face Pirates and Blown Duodenum. He was gifted at restoring vintage motorcycles and spent many late nights tinkering in his shop. Noel was also a gifted amateur chef. His three bean salad was always a hit during the holidays. He loved anything he could slap on the grill… whether it was an opossum or a juicy steak, it always tasted like chicken. His sense of humor will certainly be missed. Noel is preceded in death by his grandparents, Aram and Mary Janikian, Leon and Rita Maloof of Massachusetts and Lea Hovesian also of Massachusetts. Noel is survived by Vicki Janikian, Alex Janikian, Natalie Janikian of Garner, Dr. Gregory Janikian, his wife Kristen and daughter Elyse of Ohio, Richard Smith of Florida, Sonia Janikian and Diane Babikian of Massachusetts, Laura George of Massachusetts, Michelle Gallello of Massachusetts Sam Maloof of Florida, Diane Jennings of Iowa, Dawn Conforte of Maine, Brian Smith of Thailand, Bruce Smith of North Carolina and many cousins and second cousins from California, Washington, Montana, Virginia, Massachusetts and Florida.


  • Victoria "Vicki" Masilionis Janikian, Wife
  • Leanora Maloof Smith, Mother
  • Gregory A. Janikian, Father
  • Mr. Janikian also leaves many cousins and second cousins to cherish his memory.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, June 15, 2018

Noel Leon Janikian

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Terry Guilian

June 16, 2018

I met Noel at the high school radio station WKHR. I remember vividly all those years ago his laugh and how he would make everyone around him laugh and smile. He always was welcoming and fun to everyone he met, and just a super nice person. I am very sad to hear of his passing and I am thinking of all of his family and friends at this time.

Joanna and Jeffery Dailidas

June 15, 2018

Dearest Lee and family,
There are no words I can say to make this pain go away. Grief is the hardest of all emotions, but it is the one emotion that speaks of love. For without love there would be no grief. We do not stop loving someone just because they have crossed into the kingdom of our divine God. We love them here, and we won’t stop loving them in the heavens above.
Noel’s life and legacy won’t be forgotten. He sounds like a amazing, fun, passionate person. I know he will be greatly missed.
May his memory be eternal for love is eternal, it never fails, and it never dies.
Love you my friend. Know I am keeping you in my prayers, and in my heart.
Joanna and Jeff
( neighbor and friend )

Chris Hadge

June 12, 2018

Noel, a smile, a laugh, a funny story. I was lucky enough to reconnect with my cousin Noel at Auntie Rita’s funeral, what a gift it was, as was Auntie Rita to our family. Until we meet again cousin, keep smiling, keep laughing, we love you buddy!

Chris Hadge

Jennifer Haider

June 11, 2018

My heart is breaking. A very caring, kind man has just left us. Noel is from a wonderful family filled with compassion and love. One day Noel’s mother, Lee, said to me that she so wanted Noel, Vicky and Alex to live close to her. As we talked I realized I knew the perfect place for them. Soon after we got them moved to Garner. This family always made me a part of their family. When little Natalie came along, they were complete. A beautiful spirit has been taken and is in God’s hands now. You will be so missed Noel. God bless the family left behind.

Angie Gapko

June 11, 2018

I met Noel while Vicki and I were in college, in Wisconsin. I’ll never forget that day because I almost tripped on him; he was laying under a 4-wheeler, fixing something. This was in a garage filled with bikes, dirt bikes, motorcycles, and other things with wheels.... an amount that I had never seen before.
Vicki nonchalantly mentioned to be careful for his feet.
To this day, 28 years later, I have not come across a couple so kind and thoughtful to each other.
Your family is in my prayers 💜

Brandon White

June 10, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Noel for about 6 years and the even greater pleasure of making music with him for over 4 years in our band Flywheel. Noel was a great mechanic and a wonderful musician. He was also a friend. Noel had a wonderful sense of humor and an engaging personality. I can’t remember anyone ever having anything but good things to say about him. Over the last four years, most of my Wednesday evenings were spent at Noel’s house jamming in his studio and swapping jokes and stories in his garage during our breaks. My Wednesday evenings are going to be empty and a lot less fun going forward. Miss you already my friend. Godspeed!

Matthew Dansbury

June 10, 2018

Noel, I am so sorry, you left us so soon. I met you through Terry O’Grady and over the last three years you were the only person, I allowed to work on my motorcycle. As I grew to know you more and more over time, I knew what a special person/human being you truly were. The smile, the friendly manner, the quiet confidence/subject matter expertise you had in all things, especially dealing with folks that knew how to ride a MC, but lacked a lot of the common-sense maintenance knowledge, such as me. You just had a great way about yourself and will be missed by all that knew you. I spoke to you about my heart transplant and other heart ailments with the understanding, you would recover well after the surgery. I don’t know why you passed, and am still a bit upset and wondering, why you did after the surgery was successful. Well, my friend, hopefully those answers will be forthcoming to your family and friends in the future to give us closure too. I and others you know expect when it’s our time to cross over, seeing your smiling face greeting us, when we do. Noel, may you Rest In Peace, always with Heavenly Grace. Your Friend, Matthew

Diane and Chris Jennings

June 9, 2018

Noel was always full of life, seemed to have a smile for everyone. I have known him for over 40 years as a stepsister, and have enjoyed all our visits, from Acton, Mass to Cleveland, Ohio to Libertyville, Illinois and Wisconsin and NC. There have been many memorable moments from riding a little motorbike to a Harley, from an air guitar band to a great band, from crazy kid to proud husband and father. He had so much more to look forwards to! Anyone who knows him will miss him forever. Our sincerous sympathy goes to his family.