Durham family mourns 17-year-old killed in Middlefield crash

Noah Ram, 17, was a young man of uncommon talent and dedication, according to an obituary published Friday by Christine Foster, a friend of the family.

To meet him, states his obituary, “was to see life flourish in front of you, especially through music”.

Ram was born Dec. 17, 2004, at Yale New Haven Hospital to Heather and Allan Ram, according to his obituary.

He attended John Lyman and Memorial schools until fifth grade, then moved to the independent day school in Middlefield, where he performed in musicals, was part of the Interact club and played on the Ultimate Frisbee and baseball. After graduating, he continued his studies at the Frederick Gunn School in Washington.

Throughout his life, Ram demonstrated obvious musical talent, according to his obituary. He was most accustomed to the piano, but learned to play eight other instruments during his life, including guitar, double bass, trumpet, French horn, melodica and saxophone.

“‘Noah…he’s smiling in spite of himself,'” his mother Heather wrote after a concert, according to her obituary. “‘He’s happy up there and I think his audience is smiling watching him too.'”

Outside of school, Ram was a Life Scout in Troop 270 in Durham. In 2019, Foster noted, he traveled to Normandy, France, with the troupe to honor those killed in World War II, where he sang “God Bless America” ​​to a crowd of thousands.

Fellow troop members plan to complete his Eagle Scout project after his death, according to his obituary, by building two octagonal picnic tables in Allyn Brook Park.

Ram was also interested in fitness, jiu-jitsu and cars, according to his obituary, and was close to his family.

“Noah loved his family and they loved him back. When he was in kindergarten, riding the bus to school for the first time, he reserved a seat in the front for his big sister Jocelyn. She was just old enough to sit in the back with the third and fourth graders, but chose to stay up front with her little brother. Her parents were always there for concerts, games, award ceremonies for the school or scouts cheering on Noah at every opportunity,” Foster said.

“Noah is survived by his loving parents, Heather and Allan, his older sister Jocelyn and younger brother Dylan, his grandparents Sylvie Ram, Alvania Miller, Sam and Laura Ram, his aunts and uncles Amanda and Dave Bachan, Alicia and Gianmario Civitello, Hema and Tracy Ford, Tory Harris and Kristen Noelle Miller Hatcher and Cornell Hatcher. Noah was blessed with a close relationship with his cousins ​​Ayiana and Jason Ford, Taylor Allen, Ezekiel and Zadie Hatcher who will forever feel his absence. Noah was predeceased by his grandparents Deborah Gray Jekkals and Harvey Miller,” according to his obituary.

A memorial service will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Biega Funeral Home in Middletown. Calling hours will be on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m., also in Biega.

The family requests that contributions in Noah’s memory be made to the music program at Frederick Gunn School or the Playground Camp program in Durham, where Ram worked as a counselor.

william.lambert@hearstmediact.com

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