Nicholas Anthony Natale
Nicholas Anthony Natale, 77, of Manchester, Connecticut, passed away quietly at his home on February 26.
Nicholas was born in Long Island City, New York, on June 26, 1938. He graduated from Long Island City High School in 1956 and subsequently enlisted in the United States Army. Nicholas married his childhood sweetheart, Marie Carmella Grasso, on April 11, 1959. They were married 56 years. The couple lived in Corona and Jackson Heights, New York, before moving to Farmingdale, Long Island, and, in 1971, to Dallas, Texas. Prior to moving to Manchester, the couple lived in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Nicholas worked as a graphic artist for more than 40 years, first in New York City and later in Dallas, Texas. He was most proud of his work performed under the direction of photographer Yousef Karsh. He enjoyed classic American cinematography, including film noir and film adaptations of many early Broadway musicals. He had a particular interest in World War II history. He loved the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Al Martino, Jo Stafford, Julie London, Joni James, the Hilltoppers, and countless others.
Nicholas is survived by his wife, Marie, sons Joseph and wife Lory of Manchester, Mark and wife Cindy of Shreveport, Louisiana, grandchildren Katy and Benjamin, sisters Mary Sorrentino of Farmingdale, Long Island, and Christina Cadicamo of Glendale, New York. Nicholas also leaves behind his beloved cat, Peanut.
Nicholas was preceded in death by his parents, Gennesia and Carmine Natale, his brothers Vincent and Joseph, and his sisters Raphaella, Antoinette and Carmela.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Saint Jude’s Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee (www.stjude.org). Nicholas’ family wishes to thank the Palliative and Hospice Care staff at Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut.