Totally agree with the above, an all round good bloke and role model. Also a rarity as a 70s TV personality who didn't have young fans sit on his knee. Although who knows how many he had wrapped up in sticky backed plastic in the Blue Peter garden shed.
Comes to all of us. First memory of him is his visit to Ealing's Porridge set. Another one of him scaling Nelson's Column. Truth be known though, John N. always had a dodgy memory but he and maybe even Blue Peter gave us a few good ones.
Most 'celebrities' are more than adequately mentioned in the dead pool, but some have such significance, for one reason or another, that they deserve more than just a passing mention. Noakes was a formative part of the childhood for most of my generation, someone who I can genuinely say had an influence on me.