OSWEGO, NY – Dr. Bart J. Natoli, 81, of Oswego, passed away at the fullness of life while at home surrounded by his wife and children.
“Doc,” as he was affectionately known by his vast number of friends, went on to his great reward Monday December 17, 2012, after a long bout with cancer.
He lived a passionate life among family and friends he grew up with and those he befriended where ever he was – whether at the office where he practiced optometry, the bowling lanes, barbershop quartet, or at the lake where he was feared by bass and perch alike. He’ll be sorely missed, but greatly remembered.
Born in Oswego, he was the son of the late Bart J. and Jennie (Scandura) Natoli.
Bart was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1956-1958.
Dr. Natoli attended Niagara University and graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1956.
He set up practice in Wappingers Falls, NY and later in Oswego at 76 Liberty St., where he practiced from 1967 until retirement in 1996.
He bowled with a number of leagues for many years and is a member Bowling Hall of Fame.
For many years he sang barbershop quartet and chorus of the Oswego Valley Chapter.
Fishing was a passion of Dr. Natoli’s, and he could often be found on his boat on the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands where he maintained a camp.
Doc was a loyal fan of the Syracuse Orangemen football and basketball teams.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Natoli; two daughters, Nancy J. (William) Finelli of Schenectady and Jane-Ellen (Jeffrey) Delgado of Herndon,Va.; son, Bart J. (Barbara) Natoli Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; two step sons, Gregory (Melissa) Hogan and Timothy (Audra) Hogan, both of Syracuse; step daughter, Lisa (John) Smolen of Syracuse; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and one niece and nephew.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Jean Dale (Pfeiffer) Natoli, in 1984.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego.
Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.
Family suggests contributions to be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice Inc., P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126 or to St. Joseph’s Church, 240 W. First St., Oswego, NY 13126.
Nelson Funeral Home has care of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com