Frank J. Natale Jr. (born July 2, 1945) died March 24, 2020 at the age of 74. He was the son of the late Frank Sr. and Gladys (Mongillo) Natale. Frank is survived by Cynthia, his wife of 41 years, as well as his two children Denice Hull (James) and Frank Natale III (Robin), his brother Joseph Natale (Rosemarie), five grandchildren Lindsay and Taylor Hull, Maxwell, Jacob and Ava Natale, several nieces, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Frank graduated from Plainville High School in 1963 and was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving with his K-9 “partner” Norton from 1964 to 1967. While he was based in Germany in 1965 he married his first wife and friend to the end, Beverly Brown (now Beverly Raymond), also a Plainville High graduate.
Upon his return to Plainville he joined his father at Frank Natale’s Patton Brook Dairy in Southington for 19 years, followed by 20 years at Pratt & Whitney in both CT and TX facilities until he retired from manufacturing and enjoyed working part time in TX as a hunting guide for an additional five years.
Frank was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing from an early age with lifelong friends and then with his family. He hunted numerous locations in the U.S., Canada and Africa, and in recent years enjoyed repeat trips with Cynthia to Alaska that included halibut fishing with resident cousins and sharing a trip with them up the Dalton Highway (also known as the Ice Road), traveling inside the Arctic Circle to the Arctic Ocean.
In addition to passing on his love of fishing, Frank along with his brother Joe established the annual pre-holiday “Natale Christmas Party” featuring traditional Italian seafood and side dishes normally served on Christmas Eve. Now hosted by the next generation in CT, the event includes the Natale clan, old and new friends.
If you visited Frank and Cynthia in Texas, chances are good that Frank offered to take you fishing. In honor of Frank’s memory, The Natale Fishing Derby will be held in TX (by invitation only) for family and friends who shared his passion and will forever miss him so very deeply.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Patriot Paws, 254 Ranch Trail
Rockwall, Texas 75032 or at www.Patriotpaws.org
Family and friends may gather on Friday, June 18, 2021, from 4-6 p.m. at Plainville Funeral Home, 81 Broad St, Plainville. Military honors will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit www.PlainvilleFuneralHome.com
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