Albert Nuttall

Albert James Nuttall Jr.

Sunday, October 13th, 1935 - Saturday, April 11th, 2020
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Albert Nuttall, 84, a long-time resident of Norton, MA and more recently of Ellenton, FL passed away on April 11th due to complications from the coronavirus. He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Ann, the center of Al's life. He is also survived by his sons Robert and Craig, their wives Cara and Darcie, and five grandchildren JR, Stephen, Cain, Jacob, and Ashleigh. Al also leaves his brothers David and George, sister Nancy DeSilvia, and many nieces and nephews, all of whom he enjoyed taking an active interest in their lives. Al was preceded in death by his eldest son, Stephen.

Al, perhaps more commonly known as Mr. Nuttall, was a teacher in the Norton Public School system for 37 years. He was active in many extracurriculars in Norton, coaching high school golf and girls and boys basketball for many years, contributing as a writer for the Norton Mirror, serving on the town's Finance Committee, and even manning the ticket sales at football home games.

Helping to shape the lives of so many was Al's proudest achievement. Many have credited him with getting their starts in public service, teaching, or writing and with encouraging them to finish high school and even to vote. Many more have referred to him as a patient and kind soul, quick with a joke, but also a caring listener. Al has been called a wonderful teacher and a role model.

Al was a graduate of Coyle Cassidy High School and Bridgewater State College. He was a great fan of the local sports teams and was active in athletics himself for much of his life. Al was close to God and was active in his church communities. He loved live music, hearing stories about his grandkids, and getting updates from faculty and students of years gone by.

Due to the current pandemic, the family will have a memorial service at a later date to celebrate Al's life. Arrangements entrusted to Bartlett Funeral Home, 338 Court Street, Plymouth, MA 02360. In lieu of flowers please donate in Al's name to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.
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Posted at 07:01pm
It was very thoughtful and kind of you to send the information about Mr. Nuttall. He always was one of my favorite teachers.
Mary Bartley, Class of 1967

I did not have Al as a teacher. I was graduating when Al started teaching. I have many memories of Al as a friend. As a secretary in the High School Office for many years I have so many incidents in which Al was involved. To me there will always be only ONE Al Nuttall.
Anita Kennistons

Thanks for the information on Al Nuttall. He was a really great teacher and nice guy. My brother, Paul. was a teacher also and became friends with Al. They socialized as my brother lives in Florida as well. Al had moved back here recently to be with his son as his health was declining. Paul had informed me on the 12th. He had visited with Al and Ann shortly before they moved back to Plymouth.
Tom Hassie, Class of 1966

Thank you for notifying me of Mr. Nuttall's passing. He was one of my favorite teachers.
Peggy Murphy, Class of 1967

Thank you for keeping me informed about Mr. Nuttall he was A great teacher.
Warren Robinson, Class of 1966

The words come hard, but life is not for the faint of heart.
In spite of our (Nuttall and I) classroom repartee, I am-and was-in awe of his approach to life and its effect on those of us from a relatively small class. He and Wally Renaud found a way to get me into a recording studio in North Attleboro after finding a way to get me into a bar on 123 in Easton to try out on the organ and piano. Great memories.
At half-time of a 7th grade basketball game, where I had missed more than a few lay-ups and was consistently open, he remarked that the score would be in our favor if I landed a few lay-ups. Not said in meanness, not harsh but it opened my mind to possibilities. A wonderful teaching moment.
Many years later, as I was teaching a group of social misfits-most who were going to sea for a living as they had been given a choice of go to sea or jail, out of the blue came the thought of Al Nuttall and how would he handle this.
This is a great reminder that we are the sum of nature and nurture. Salut, Al.
Arthur Faherty, Class of 1967

Thank you for the info. Mr. Nuttall was a very nice teacher and friend.
Ginnie Teixeira Wright, Class of 1967

Thank you for letting us know. He was one of my favorite teachers.
Carol McBride St. Jean, Class of 1967

Always remember his 1st new car, that BIG RED 1960 MERC CONVERTIBLE!!! He loved it.... (all of us hot rod guys did NOT!!! Sad day.
Al Bellavance, Class of 1966

It is so important that we all keep in touch (especially now). I remember Mr. Nuttall well and always loved his class. Rest in peace, "Natty Nuttall!"
Shirley Hall Ruhl, Class of 1966

He was one of my favorite teachers. He was a great teacher, very caring. Many good memories and he will be remembered
with a smile.
Trudy LaGreca Westman, Class of 1966

Terri Murphy

Posted at 09:33am
So sorry to hear about Mr. Nuttall’s passing.
He was a great teacher and a wonderful
man - always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.
Lucille Charette Sabin, Class of 1967

Terri Murphy

Posted at 09:29am
Al was our grade
seven geography teacher. We were presenting unit reports on Japan one
day, and I cracked up laughing when pronouncing the prime minister's
name --which sounded like an English vulgarity. Al gave me the eye.
(Even then, I didn't suffer fools gladly!)

Tack, you'll recall those junior high basketball teams were the
inaugural ones. At least, I made the cut for the Taunton Christmas
tourney as an in-your-shorts defender and would-be streak shooter. And
too, as a JV-er, he singled out Bruce Melanson and me for our play @
Nipmuc Regional..

One more memory, if I may. He and Mr. Renaud had a custom of taking a
couple of boys to a Bruins game--Christmas Eve, if I recall. And the
Bruins were wretched circa 1961!
Lee Powell and I were the the two to go that night, and I still have
great memories.

Peace be with you, Al and your family.
Jim Azevedo, Class of 1966


Posted at 05:22pm
Al was my junior high and JV basketball coach. My first competitive game was in 7th grade at West Bridgewater. Early in the game the ball came squirting out of a scrum and I picked it up, dribbled the length of the floor and laid it in the hoop—at the wrong end of the floor! I was devastated but Al was very supportive, and gently joked to me and the team about it. He turned potential trauma into humor.

Al himself was a very good basketball player, the best player on the faculty team that played an alumni team in an annual fundraising game. I recall marveling at how someone that ancient could still play full court basketball. After all, he must have been 30 years old at the time.

For a couple of summers I spent quite a few evenings with a group of NHS teachers at Bay State Raceway, helping them handicap the races. One night Al won the Pick Four and a lot of money. He pretended to be blasé about his good fortune but I could tell he was bursting inside.

Great memories. My sympathies to Al’s family.

Tack Burbank, Class of 1966

Mark Hoyle

Posted at 12:50pm
Sorry to hear of the passing of Mr Nuttall. He was a great teacher and coach. Condolences to his family

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