Rosa Fusco

Our condolences go to the family of Rosa Fusco, who passed away at the grand age of 105 in early September in Settignano.  She was the widow of Antonio Nardone, the daughter of Gerardo Fusco and Clementina Forte, and sister of the late Tony Fusco from San Nazzario. Our thoughts are with her three children, Luigi, Gerardo and Onorina, her grandchildren, great grandchildren and all their families far and wide.

Rosa was a well-respected lady in and around Casalattico and Settignano, in Northern and Southern Ireland, and in Dover, where she was once in the catering business.  Indeed, she was the first Italian lady to open ice cream parlours in both Northern and Southern Ireland.

Many will miss her friendship, strength and wisdom.

Alfredo Forte

It is with sadness that we hear of the death of Alfredo (Rudolph) Forte, peacefully at his home on Sunday afternoon at the age of 92.  One of the Llandudno Fortes, he was the son of the late Onorio Forte and Maria Rosina Cirefice, brother of Rinaldo, sister of the late Ines, husband of the late Marjorie, and loving father of Angela, Rosemarie, Ines and Gina, and a dear grandfather and great grandfather too.

As the older generation leaves us, we are left not only with priceless memories of our precious time with them, but also a lasting legacy of their strong sense of family.  It is thanks to them that we all feel so privileged to be part of this extended family.

Our condolences go to all the Llandudno Fortes.

Wedding Congratulations

Huge congratulations to Vanessa Boni and Jamie Wilson, who were married this weekend at the idyllic Lake Bled in Slovenia.

Vanessa is the daughter of Marisa Forte and Duilio Boni, and granddaughter of Filomena Minchella and the late Olimpio Forte from Mortale and Eastbourne.

We wish you all the very best for a happy future together.

Welcome Baby Elisa!

Warmest congratulations to Romina Forte and Davide De Luca on the birth of Elisa this afternoon at 15:44, weighing in at 3.07 kg and 48 cm long. Welcome to the family, Elisa!

Romina is the eldest daughter of Angeluccio Forte and Maria Lieghio from Mortale.

Luigi Cambone

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Luigi Cambone this morning at his care home near Gallinaro.

Born in 1913, Luigi celebrated his 105th birthday just a couple of months ago and was well known and highly respected by all who knew him.  He worked hard all his life, and throughout maintained a level headed approach to everything that he did.  His simple, uncomplicated lifestyle was one that I admired hugely.  In this crazy, throwaway, materialistic world, in which so many rely on social media and technology, Luigi brought us back down to earth, reminding us of the real and true values in life.  For him, the important things were focused on the land, family, friends, animals, history and faith.

He was an absolute legend of a man, and it was an honour and a privilege to have known such a true, honest and quietly inspirational person.  He will never be forgotten and I hope that his legacy will be to remind us all of what is really important in life.