Article written by Lenny Megliola Special to the Daily News
Of all the Harvey Nasuti stories out there – and they are countless – Jake Noviello took a shine to this one.
Noviello is a standout pitcher for Franklin High. One day the Panthers were playing at Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury. It was one of those early spring afternoons unsuitable for baseball. “It was freezing!” the pitcher recalled. “Some parents didn’t even make it to the game.”
Nasuti, in his 80s, had no son or grandson on the team. But if Franklin High had a game, whether it was baseball, hockey, basketball or football, the only certainty for the coaches and players was that Harvey would be there.
Like that bundle-up day in West Roxbury. “Harvey had about five jackets on,” said Noviello.
Legions of Franklin people have stories of Nasuti’s dedication. When Zach Brown was named Franklin’s baseball coach four years ago, Dave Niro, the previous coach, took Brown aside. “He told me ‘there will be a gentleman at every game and I suggest you go see him and give him a (Franklin) hat.”’
“Harvey would be in the fieldhouse, the hockey rink and at the ballfields,” said former Franklin athletic director and football coach Brad Sidwell. “He’d just come to all the games.”
In recent years Nasuti had numerous hip operations and battled cancer. But he still got to the games, thanks to a lifelong friend, Jimmy Lee, who did the driving. They were a tandem. Sidwell put the word out that Harvey and Jimmy would not be allowed to pay to get in the games. They just walked in. They were special.
Harvard P. “Harvey” Nasuti, retired director of the Franklin DPW, passed away Sept. 2. He left a long trail of goodwill and intentions.
“He was the greatest,” said Franklin boys basketball coach C.J. Neeley. “He had a special seat at the baseline. He’d make his opinion known.” Never in a rude way though. It was always fair play with Nasuti.