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Natale J.“Nat” Federico

Natale J.“Nat” Federico, 93, of Cable Gardens, husband of Thelma L. (Marcaurelle) Federico, died Friday, April 29, 2016 in the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers following his brief illness.

Born in Westerly, RI December 24, 1922, the son of the late Dominic and Carrie (Turco) Federico, he was raised in Westerly, was  a 1940 graduate of Westerly High School and was a 1944 graduate of the University of Rhode Island. With a BA in education Mr. Federico went on to teach science and math and  later and for most of his career as a physical education teacher and coach. He coached football, baseball and basketball at the former Whipple High School in Ipswich. He later served in the public schools in Athol, Billerica and Hamilton-Wenham High School from which he  retired in the mid 1980’s.

Mr. Federico was an avid golfer. In addition to the sports he coached he also enjoyed travel and camping with his family and friends.

He was a member of the Ipswich Knights of Columbus Carrollton Council 498,  a member of the Knights of Columbus Bowling League, The Old Newbury Golf Club and a long time communicant of Our Lady of Hope Church.

In addition to his wife of sixty-nine years he is survived by two daughters, Joanne F. Kelliher and her husband Paul G. of Leeds, Kathleen J. Mahoney and her husband Paul D. of Plymouth; ten grandchildren; a brother, Robert Federico of Vienna, VA; two sisters, Marie Ahern  and Dorothy Federico both of Westerly, RI and many  nephews and nieces.

His funeral will be held  9 am Thursday, May 5 from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street., Ipswich followed by the celebration of a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Hope Church, Linebrook Rd., Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be 6 to 8 pm Wednesday. Interment will be in the Highland Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Ste. B-102,Danvers, MA 01923.

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