A Bristol man who was always proud of his Italian roots has been described as “wonderful” and “loyal” after his death.
Antonio Michael Diorazio was born in Bristol in 1931, in Charles Street near the magistrates’ court, in an area known as ‘Little Italy’ because of the number of Italians settling in the area.
Mr Diorazio died at the age of 89 on May 24, after a heart attack caused by Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
His daughter Carolina Diorazio said: “My father was a very funny man, everybody that talks about him mentions his jokes – he loved jokes and dressing up, putting a wig on.
“I have never known my father staying, he was a very sociable, outgoing man.
“He loved going out and having some food with friends and was a good Samaritan who was always helping people.
“He absolutely loved football and was a Bristol Rovers fan.
“He loved his four children, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
“There is nothing he wouldn’t have done for them – he was very proud of them all and loved to tell others about them.”
Mrs Diorazio, from the Horfield area, said her father was good looking and was dashing and handsome when he was young, never looking his age.
He was always proud of his Italian background, she continued, and never forgot his roots.
Mrs Diorazio said her father was very active and was a member of many clubs across the city, having many friends.
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The 54-year-old added: “My phone hasn’t stopped ringing since he died – my father was one of the last living people to come from ‘Little Italy’, an area we have always wanted to have recognised.”
“He is missed by so many people.
“He was a wonderful man, very loyal to his family and his friends.”
Mr Diorazio’s grandparents worked in a shop in Cherry Lane selling foreign fruit, she continued, and Mr Diorazio’s father was well-known for his mosaic flooring.
He worked as a salesman for a women’s fashion company based in St Paul’s and, after retiring, he owned an ice-cream van.
His funeral service will be at Canford Cemetery on June 25 at 11am .
There is to be a live Zoom Service with a slide show for the memorial of Antonio’s life on Saturday, June 27 at 11am.
Please contact his daughter Carol by email firstname.lastname@example.org