Albert A. Natale

Born: Sat., Aug. 18, 1923
Died: Tue., Apr. 28, 2020


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Albert Natale, 96, a native of Boston’s North End, died on April 28, 2020 at the Sancta Maria Rehabilitation Center.  A resident of Belmont and recently Brightview Assisted Living in Arlington.
Mr. Natale was a renowned and gifted professional musician, showing early promise as a child playing the bugle then trumpet in the St. Anthony’s School band.  Albert studied with talented musicians and began his professional career by performing in nearby theaters. During his earlier career he traveled throughout the country playing with the Goodman, Dorsey Brothers, Glenn Miller, and Harry James Orchestras.  
When he returned to Boston, Mr. Natale performed in local venues like Blinstrub’s, The Frolic, and Paul’s Mall to name a few, playing for entertainers such as Paul Anka, Pat Boone, Johnny Mathis, and Sammy Davis Jr. and comedians such as Henny Youngman, Flip Wilson, and George Carlin.
In the 1960’s, he formed Albert Natale and the Tijuana Brass Sounds, and was chosen to play for Mayor Kevin White’s inaugural ball. Another highlight was playing the Boston Garden rally for presidential candidate John F. Kennedy.
Mr. Natale served as vice-president of the Boston Musicians Union, meeting such notables as Frank Sinatra to whom he presented an honorary life membership in Local 9-535.  This he recalled as one of the greatest moments of his career.
Mr. Natale always appreciated his good fortune in life, remembering his roots in the North End.  He was a benefactor for many organizations, in particular St. Leonard’s Church which was and is so important to the Natale family. His love for the trumpet inspired him to establish an ongoing scholarship at Berklee College of Music.  Albert and his band performed for many charitable causes throughout Boston and in more recent years at Belmont’s Beech Street Senior Center.  He was honored for his talents and his philanthropy, and for these efforts received the prestigious Il Migliori Award from the Pirandello Lyceum. In 2015 he was recognized by the St. Joseph Society for his notable good works and Mayor Walsh declared October 3 “Albert Natale Day” in Boston.  
Albert was born on August 18, 1923 to Zaccaria and Virginia (Moschella) Natale, the youngest of twelve children:  Peter, Alfred, Vincent, Henry, Zachary, Ernest, and Lillian Natale; Adeline Richie, Helen Fanciullo, Alice Tortorella, and Mary Viliott.  He is survived by his devoted companion of many years, Elaine Buchanan, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
Uncle Albert held a special place in the hearts of his large family, for whom he took special care.  Generations grew up knowing his kindness, his twinkling eye, his love for music.  He was the consummate gentleman, and a model for all.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Albert’s memory to the Belmont Council on Aging, 266 Beech St., Belmont, MA 02478 would be sincerely appreciated.  Due to the current restrictions placed on all of us because of COVID-19, all services will be held privately  for the immediate family and a celebration of his life will be scheduled when it becomes possible.. Short, Williamson & Diamond Funeral Home, Belmont  617.484.6900  swdfuneralhome.com

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KATHIE LOCKARD
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
TO HIS SWEET GIRL FEIND I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOST.HE WAS AGREAT MAN AND MOST OF ALL I LOVED HIS BAND .I LOOKED FORWARD EVERY YEAR FOR ALBERT NATALE CONCERT .THE WORLD ISNT GOING TO BE THE SAME WITHOUT HIM. I KNOW HE IS IN HEAVEN WAITING FOR US ALL TO MEET AGAIN .THANK YOU FOR SHAREING HIM WITH AS ALL. GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE KATHERYNE LOCKARD 174 MOODY STREET WALTHAM MASS 02453

Carol Penta
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
Elaine, I am truly saddened by Al's passing. He was a wonderful, caring man. He always reminded me of my own Dad which made me not only love him, but hold a special place in my heart. He was a friend to everyone. I will miss him. I am so thankful to have had the chance to hear his band play many times.
I will keep you in my prayers during this difficult time.
Warmest Regards to the entire family.
Carol Penta






jimdunn
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
Elaine I am very saddens to hear about all passing and I am going to miss see him either at. Dunkins or the senior center with his big band Al always made people smile and he was a great person to me may he rest in peace and one day we will all meet in heaven

Steve Piermarini
   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
I had the honor of playing trombone in Al's big band over the last dozen years or so, at the gigs in the North End and at the Beech St. Center. He was one of the sweetest people I've ever known in the music business, or anywhere else for that matter. I so enjoyed his phone calls where he would talk about his experiences in the music business and the old days in the North End. I'm so glad the obituary stated "He was the consummate gentleman, and a model for all." That's precisely how I felt about him, and what better epitaph can one ask for. Riposa in pace, Al. We miss you already.

The Scola Family
   Posted Tue May 05, 2020
God bless you Uncle Al.
-The Scola Family of Reading

Ray Barron's Family
   Posted Tue May 05, 2020
My sincere and deepest condolences to the family of Al. He was a dear friend to Ray for many years. Al was a kind and talented man whom my father thought the world of. May they jam up in the heavens together now. God Bless.

John Viliott
   Posted Wed May 06, 2020
Rest in Peace Uncle Albert. My condolences to all of my Family and Friends of Albert. My Father Robert sends his best to all.

Baby Helen Fanciullo & Ted
   Posted Fri May 29, 2020
Elaine & Family,
I am so saddened to hear about the loss of Uncle Al, our heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you. I will always remember the times we shared together having tea on Beach Street and all the good chats that went with the tea and you will forever be in my heart. May you Rest in Eternal Peace.
Love,
Baby Helen

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