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 a Korean War Army veteran, proudly assigned to the 7th Army Orchestra.
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, his sister-in-law Joan Recchia of Shirley and his sister Mary Bomboy of New Orleans, LA who predeceased him. Joe was fortunate to have a wonderful extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins. Over the years, Joe has treasured his time watching his children and grandchildren grow up and enjoy life.
Joe was instrumental in the development of the West Suburban Arena (now the Chase Arena) and Natick Comets Hockey.
In his various roles as hockey coordinator, vice president and president of the West Suburban Arena, he has made lifelong friendships.
He enjoyed playing golf with his friends and his wife, Irene, where they were longtime members of the Charles River Country Club.
Joe has spent most of his life as a commercial / industrial real estate developer in the Greater Boston area.
Later in his professional career, he worked with the real estate division of the Archdiocese of Boston.
A funeral mass to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, November 30 at St. Linus Church, 119 Hartford Street in Natick.
Call hours will be at John Everett & Sons 4 Park Street Funeral Home in Natick on Monday, November 29 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the services.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory can be made to the charity of your choice. The family would like to warmly thank Annie, Trish and Pam of Brookhaven Hospice whose compassion and engaging personality made Joe and his family laugh.