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Anthony L. 'Nat' Natali

December 26, 2017

Anthony L. "Nat" Natali, 81, of Watertown and formerly of Clayton, passed away at Samaritan Medical Center on Tuesday evening, December 26, 2017.

A graveside service in Clayton Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours or funeral. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Nat was born in Clayton on January 9, 1936, son of Ernest F. and Loretta Marrone Natali. He graduated from Clayton High School and attended both Potsdam University and Ithaca College. On January 6, 1955 he entered the US Army, received the Good Conduct Medal, and was honorably discharged from active duty on July 23, 1957. He then served in the Reserves.

On April 23, 1966 he married Ellen D. Hartman at St. Michael's Church, Rochester.

He was an On Air Radio Personality for WATN AM 1240 and also sold advertising for the radio station. Nat was a member of the Watertown Train Club and enjoyed model trains. While in the Army, he was a percussionist. He continued his love of music by playing for the Lowville Community Band and for JCC, both in the orchestra and community band.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen D., his son and his wife, Michael E. and Kelly L. M. Natali, Liverpool, and his grandson, Alexander J. Natali. He also has several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial contributions in Nat's name may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220. Online condolences to his family may be posted on www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#22 Heather Godfrey 2018-01-16 20:54
I had the great pleasure of meeting & getting to know Nat & Ellen years ago in Watertown when my husband was stationed at Drum & I was working at Samaritan Medical Center. I just happened to wonder how they were doing & ran across Nat’s obituary. My sincere condolences to Ellen & Family. Nat was an amazing man with an amazing family.
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#21 Louis Natale 2018-01-10 23:30
Ellen, Michael and Kelly, I was sorry to her about Tony's passing, and wish you all the best. I remember Tony and I sharing our love of music, and I remember him playing some of my records on the radio. What a supportive guy!
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#20 Peter &Sandra Natale 2018-01-08 03:03
Dear Ellen, Michael and families,
Our thoughts are with you at this time. He was always friendly with a smile.
Peter and Sandy Natale
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#19 Joe & Connie Natali 2018-01-03 06:39
Ellen, Mike & Kelley, Sorry to hear of Tony's passing. Always enjoyed seeing him at the family reunions and his visits to the C-Way. he'll be missed.
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#18 Kim Bisig 2018-01-01 17:51
Nat was such a special person and will always have a special place in my heart. He will be sadly missed by all of his radio family. We always looked forward to seeing him at our Radio Broadcast Center luncheons.
So sorry Ellen and Michael. Love you bunches Natie, from Kimsey.
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#17 Mark Clarcq 2018-01-01 16:29
So very sad to hear of Nat’s passing. As Tom Carroll said, “A true professional.” He certainly informed and brightened the morning for so many of his listeners. I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to see him recently at the “reunion” BillTinsley arranged. God bless you, Nat! Prepare the way...
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#16 Steve Rouse 2017-12-31 21:51
It saddens me to hear of Nat's passing. As I reflect on my 50 years in the broadcasting industry, that started in Gouverneur on WIGS, it was Nat that helped a young high schooler with a dream get his start. He was patient, tough at times, and fun. My visits to Nat and Ellen's home were always entertaining. I looked forward to the invitations. And, of course, now I wish I had taken the time to visit Nat in the later years. Ellen, my sympathies are with you.
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#15 Lori Schenk 2017-12-31 17:47
I worked with Nat in 1982 I was a kind and enjoyable person, my prayers are with his wife and family.
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#14 Butch Delaney 2017-12-31 00:25
God bless you cousin.
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#13 Molly and Jim Heary 2017-12-30 17:42
So sorry to hear about your loss Ellen although I only meet Nat a few times I had many incredible years working with you my condolences to you and your family. I would be there but going south. Jim
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