BEVERLY FARMS — Natalie W. Crate, 41, of Beverly, Mass., loving mother, adoring wife, devoted daughter and caring friend, passed away peacefully in the company of her family on July 7, 2014, after a long and valiant battle with illness. Natalie was a close aide to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney during his 2002 gubernatorial and 2008 presidential campaigns as well as during his term as governor, and was widely recognized for her professional and community contributions.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Natalie was born on June 27, 1973. She was an alumna of Havergal College, an independent girls school, and earned a B.A. degree in Political Science, with honors, from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1996. While at Queen’s University, she was active in the Model United Nations Program and also participated in the university’s exchange program at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England.
Natalie had a longstanding love of politics. After college, she served as a legislative assistant and policy advisor for Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism. Subsequently, she was Policy Advisor for Tourism & Gaming in the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.
Intelligent, curious and quietly confident, Natalie left Canada in 2002 to expand her experience on Canadian political campaigns by working on one in America. A friend who was working on Mitt Romney’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign suggested she join it, and she moved to Massachusetts. Recognized for her poise and polite, but fierce, loyalty, Natalie became a Special Assistant to the Romneys, and worked closely with Governor and Mrs. Romney in various capacities, including special assistant in his office managing schedules, logistics and public relations and serving as a gatekeeper for the governor. When Romney launched his run for president in 2007, she oversaw scheduling and coordinated delegate tour schedules and briefings. In later years, she worked as a freelance writer focusing on politics and government.