Goodbye Nonno

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Sometime in the night of 25-26 January 2011, Giovanni Valenti passed away from respiratory failure brought on by a chest infection.

The old man had had  a rich life making a home in an alien country and finding a place after being told there was no place for him where he came from.

I had to great privilege of spending a little time with him last year and wrote the stories he told into a series of blogs (Stories from the old country One, Two and Three).

One of us will be going to Perth to say farewell to him officially in the coming days but this is my goodbye to the man accepted the freedom of this country and made something for himself and his family.

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