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So long to our good friend, Al Del Monte, Sr. R.I.P.

Al Del Monte 
(Albert C. Del Monte, Sr.) Obit is also printed below.

Al was a long time member of the Natick 4th of July Committee, former Grand Marshal and good friend.  He and I spent many hours together in the football press box, at the scorer's table at the basketball games, in the baseball press box, doing softball games for Natick Pegasus and standing under the tent at the reviewing stand in downtown on the day of the parade.  He will be dearly missed!

Our deepest condolences go to his wife Mary and his family.

Peter Mundy, Chair



MEDWAY: Albert C. Del Monte, Sr., age 82, of Medway and formerly of Natick and Newton, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on Saturday, October 15, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Mary (Danahy) Del Monte sharing 57 wonderful years of marriage together.

He was a graduate of Newton North High School and a Korean War Veteran who was very proud of his service.

After moving his family from Newton to Natick, he worked for many years as manager of Roche Bros. Supermarket where he became a friend and mentor to many. He was community minded, involved in many volunteer activities, was an integral part of the 4th of July committee for many years and once had the honor of being named Grand Marshal. He was also very involved with local sports, was a co-host on the local cable show “Let’s Talk Sports” and broadcasted many games on the local cable channel.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Thomas M. Del Monte and his companion Patricia Lienhard of Medway, John J. Del Monte and his wife Cecilia of Ashland, Albert C. Del Monte, Jr. of Westminster, granddaughter Michelle of Natick, and grandson Anthony of Ashland. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Al was predeceased by his siblings John D. Del Monte, Claire Carrol and son Michael J. Del Monte.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 20 followed by a Mass of Christian burial in St Linus Church, 119 Hartford Street, Natick at 11:00 A.M. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday between 4:00 and 7:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lahey Clinic Foundation Inc., 41 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805 or to the Holy Cross Retreat House, 490 Washington Street, North Easton, MA 02350.

For directions or to leave a message of condolence, please visit


What a terrific July 4th Parade this year!

Thank you for your warm and enthusiastic response to our parade as we celebrated Natick's Rich History!

It was such a memorable parade: from the runners, antique cars, the Fire Trucks, the Natick Voice Winner and runner up, the Grand Marshall, Paul Hasgill, the terrific music and dancers, the many community organizations that participated, the Wonder Bread Truck, the Northway Truck, the Inflatable Baseball, and (oh!) the marching bands!

A huge thank you to all of this year’s terrific sponsors! Visit our sponsor page at

A big thank you to everyone who made a financial contribution, we could not have done it without you.  If you would like to make a donation using our PayPal link, please click here. Every penny donated helps to make sure we continue our "Rich History" of the parade itself.

Please check back with us regularly as it will not be too long before we start planning next year's events"

Peter Mundy, Chair  7/10/16

Recent Articles from MetroWest Daily News and the Natick Tab & Bulletin!

Message from the Chairman:

A big "Thank You" to Debbi Finkelstein for organizing this year's "Natick VOICE on the Common" competition and to Greg Kennedy, Mike Carey and everyone at MutualOne Bank for supporting it and sponsoring it.  

Congratulations to our three finalists Angela Spivak, Charlotte Sweet (runner-up) and Dani Witherby (winner). 

Charlotte Sweet and Dani Witherby will sing "God Bless America" and the "Star-Spangled Banner" respectively before the start of the parade in downtown.

Be sure to look for all three finalists in the parade itself as they will be with the MutualOne Bank van.

Thank you also to Greg, Deborah Marion and last year's winner Jasmine Teng for being this year's judges; the Contessa Aurora and Uncle Sam for making guest appearances as well as the Connecting Point Dance Company for providing entertainment while voting was taking place.  

It was a fun night!

Peter Mundy

Natick Voice Winners

Articles from the Metrowest Daily News and the Natick Bulletin and Tab about the 2016 celebrations!

2016 Theme:
Celebrating Natick's Rich History
2016 Grand Marshal: Paul Hasgill
Paul Hasgill

Paul Hasgill will be turning 100 years young on July 5 and to our knowledge is the oldest living citizen in Natick. Paul is a descendent of the Nipmuc Indians. A grandson of a Civil War veteran, Paul Hasgill was raised in Natick. Drafted in December 1942, Hasgill would serve in the U.S. Army as a radio operator in North Africa, Sardinia, Corsica and Italy.
Here is his story link on the Natick Veterans Oral History Project website at the Morse Institute Library.

Paul Hasgill with committee members
Paul Hasgill with members from the Friends of the 4th Committee.

Left to right: Mike Carey / Mutual One Bank, Paul Hasgill / Grand Marshall, Bruce Weisberg / Middlesex Savings Bank, and Peter Mundy / Chair, Friends of the 4th

Here is the schedule for the 2016 July 4th Celebration.
   (updated 6/22/16)

Media Notes:

2016 Event Photos will be posted in the next few days. (updated 7/10/16)

Here are some parade photos from Maureen Sullivan and Rose Huling. (updated 7/10/15)

Here are some photos from the MetroWest Daily News Gallery.

Thank you to our 2016 event sponsors:

Official sponsor of Family Night:  Middlesex Savings Bank logo   
Official sponsor of Natick's VOICE:
MutuaOne Bank logo

*** Natick's 4th of July Celebrations and activities are supported by donations from our generous sponsors. Visit our sponsor page at

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