Anthony Vito Naturale, a former lieutenant on the Montclair police force, an author and a lifelong township resident, died on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. He was 89.

Mr. Naturale graduated in 1950 from Montclair High School, where he played on three state championship football teams. After graduating, he joined the Navy during the Korean War and served from 1952 to 1955. 

He then served from 1955 to 1985 as a lieutenant on the Montclair police force. After retiring he worked as the director of security for Mountainside hospital. 

He was the author of five books. He also was an avid softball player in the North Jersey Senior Softball League.

Mr. Naturale is survived by his children, Steven Naturale (Keiko Stevens), LeeAnn Hurley (Patrick) and Carolyn Hughes (Kevin); his brother, Victor Naturale (Judy); his grandchildren, Katie Picinich (Justin), Ryan Hurley (Lindsey), Emily Hurley, Eve Naturale, Leigh Naturale and Davey Hughes; his great-grandchildren, Henri Hurley, Hayes Hurley, Aiden Picinich and Emma Picinich; his nephew, Richard Tobin (Diane); their children, Vreeland, Nolan, Wyatt and Ruby; his niece, Susan Schulz (Glenn) and her children, Douglas, Greg (Alexis); his great-niece, Skyler Schultz; his great-nephew, Michael Tobin, and many other relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Madeline (Tobin), and by his sister, Marie Fergus (Charlie).

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church in Montclair at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, with interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Visiting hours are Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals, 62 Grove St.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association.