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NUMERO 33, 23-29 agosto 2010 

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Tribute paid to “iconic” former Italian Community Leader

Numerous Tributes have been paid to former Italian Community Leader Cavaliere Luigi Basanese, who has died in his 77th year. Mr. Basanese rose to prominence when he founded the military association AMICO (Associazione Italiana Militari in Congedo), of which he was President.

Since its inception, every year in November the Amico Association has led a very important role on the occasion of the Remembrance Ceremony held at Brookwood Cemetery, as well as being an active participant to the Italian National Day celebrations. Luigi has been described by many as an ‘Iconic’ figure who is going to be sorely missed across the Community spectrum. He was for a time president of FAIE (Federation of the Italian Associations in England), Vice-President of the Italian Union of Pensioners and he also collaborated to the founding of the Piedmont Association. He was one of the most active members of AMIRA (Associazione Maîtres Italiani Ristoranti e Alberghi).

Luigi Basanese was very proud to be a GMR, Grand Master of Restauranteurs, a top honour which put him at the top of a profession that he loved to be part of. Luigi was born in Italy on 8th September 1933 and died in London on the 11th August 2010. He leaves behind his adored daughter Penny and his son Vincenzo; his grand-children and great-grand-children are all very proud to bear the family name of Basanese. For decades Cav. Basanese has been a great figure within the Italian community, a personality who played a major role in the world of Anglo-Italian associations owing to his indefatigable dedication to the betterment of society. The list of his countless charitable endeavours in helping his fellowmen is too long to record here so we will just mention it, but let us say that scores of people were gladdened by the warmth emanating from Luigi’s generous heart. His friendship was indeed a treasure to cherish, as all his friends - and they are lots of them - will testify.

The Staff of ‘Londra Sera’ express their deepest condolences to Luigi’s family and consider themselves honoured by having had the pleasure of knowing Luigi for many years. Goodbye Luigi, we will miss you, till we meet again.



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