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Richard  F. Natalino

Obituary for Richard F. Natalino

December 12, 1927 - October 11, 2019
Plaistow, New Hampshire | Age 91


PLAISTOW, NH - On October 11, 2019, Richard F. Natalino, at the age of 91, went to his eternal home with his Lord. Richard is survived by his wife of 42 years, Janice, their children Jordan, Joseph, Jillian and Jared as well as his children, Wendi and Richard Jr., from his first wife, Lillian.

Richard was born on December 12, 1927 in Haverhill, Massachusetts to Anthony and Angelina (Insero) Natalino. He attended and graduated from Haverhill Trade School and joined the Navy in 1945. While in the Navy, he served on the aircraft carrier the USS Sicily as an Aviation Boatswains Mate (Catapult), Petty Officer 3rd Class. After his military service, he worked at New England Telephone, starting as a janitor and working his way up to become a well-respected second level manager. In the late 70's, Richard took a two year assignment with American Bell International to install a phone system in Iran. After a career spanning over forty years, he retired and brightened many lives as a delivery man for Flowers by Steve.

Richard relished the life he and Janice built in West Boxford, Massachusetts and he happily spent his retirement working around their four acre property, caring for the horses and other animals and tending their summer vegetable gardens. He enjoyed making old-style Italian sauce from his homegrown tomatoes and sharing this part of his Italian heritage with anyone lucky enough to be invited to dinner. Richard enjoyed travel, boating, and fishing in his early life and later took up woodworking. He and Janice were known to host epic Easter egg hunts, complete with maps to the coveted "Golden Egg" for his delighted grandchildren.

Richard is survived by his wife Janice (Hopping) and his six children: Wendi Jewett of Leominster, Massachusetts, married to Edwin Jewett; Richard Natalino Jr. of Haverhill, Massachusetts, married to Karlene; Jordan Taylor of Raymond, New Hampshire, married to Benjamin Taylor; Joseph Natalino of Hollis, New Hampshire, married to Cheri; Jillian Musser of East Petersburg, Pennsylvania, married to Timothy Musser; and Jared Natalino of Elgin, Illinois, married to Megan. Also surviving Richard are his thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as many in-laws, nieces, nephews, church family and friends.

There will be a service to celebrate Richard's life on Saturday, October 19 in New England Bible Church, 60 Chandler Road, Andover, MA at 1:30 PM. Arrangements by Driscoll Funeral Home, Haverhill. For guestbook, please visit

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Bradford, MA 01835
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