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NATICK – Joseph N. Verna, 88, of Natick passed away peacefully on November 23, 2021 surrounded by his loving family at his home in Natick.

Joe was born in Boston, the son of the late Luigi and Leah (DiMarzio) Verna.

He grew up in Hyde Park and graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1951.

Joe was also an Army Veteran of the Korean War, proudly assigned to the 7th Army band.

After serving his country, he attended Northeastern University and graduated in 1961.

Joe was married to the late Irene (Cash) for 54 years and they had four children: Michelle Stewardson (Donald) of Milford, Maureen Verna of Natick, Chris Verna (Barbie) of Natick, and Lisa Flood (Dan) of Valley City, OH. Joe’s eleven grandchildren have given him 38 years of memories: Billy, Kyle, Scott, Tyler, Sophia, Francesca, Jay, Cameron, Dominic, Danny, and Lindsey. Joe is survived by his brother, Gene Verna (Barbara) of North Myrtle Beach, SC, sister-in-law Joan Recchia of Shirley and his sister Mary Bomboy of New Orleans, LA who preceded him in death. Joe has been blessed to have a wonderful extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Over the years, Joe cherished his time watching his children and grandchildren grow and enjoy life.

Joe was instrumental in the development of the West Suburban Arena (now Chase Arena) and Natick Comets Hockey.

In his various capacities as Hockey Coordinator, Vice-President, and President of West Suburban Arena he formed lifelong friendships.

He enjoyed golfing with his friends and his wife, Irene, where they were long time members at The Charles River Country Club.

Joe spent the majority of his life as a Commercial/Industrial Real Estate Developer in the Greater Boston area.

Later in his professional career he worked with the Archdiocese of Boston Real Estate Division.

A Funeral Mass to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 30 at St. Linus Church, 119 Hartford Street in Natick.

Calling hours will be held at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home 4 Park Street in Natick on Monday, November 29 from 4-8 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend services.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe may be made to the charity of your choice. The family would like to extend a warm thank you to Annie, Trish, and Pam of Brookhaven Hospice whose compassion and engaging personality brought laughter to Joe and family.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.