Gerard Lawrence Natoli of Belmont and Falmouth Heights died on Sunday, March 28, at the age of 88 following a period of illness.

Born in Belmont, he was the son of John and Concetta Natoli.

He attended Boston College and served two years in the US Army. After his military service he and his brother, the late John Natoli, founded Natoli Realty & Insurance Co. in Belmont.

He was gregarious in business as well as in personal life and became well known in the Belmont/Watertown area. Many referred to him as “the Mayor of Cushing Square.” He was a member of the Belmont Lions Club for 52 years, serving in several officer positions. Other memberships included the Belmont Tennis Club, the Belmont Town Club, the Belmont Historical Society, and the Belmont DARE Program. He was also a Town Meeting member.

He was a communicant at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Belmont and St. Patrick Church in Falmouth.

He was a talented tennis player who competed in numerous matches for his Army base team. Tennis remained a passion for him through many years at the Belmont Tennis Club. In addition to his passion for tennis and many years of service to the tennis club, he was an avid flower and vegetable gardener at his home in Falmouth Heights.

He leaves his wife of 52 years, Alberta Whitfield Natoli; his sister, Nancy Fay; and numerous nephews and nieces.

In addition to his brother Mr. Natoli was preceded in death by his sister, Marie McMahon.

Visiting hours will be at the Short, Williamson & Diamond Funeral Home in Belmont on Wednesday, April 7, from 5 to 7 PM.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 130 Common Street, Belmont, on Thursday, April 8, at 11 AM.

Interment will be private.

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