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Father’s Day all about family

Saturday, 3rd September, 2011

ALL ABOUT FAMILY: Luigi Zanette with great-grandson Joseph, grandson Darren, grandson Brenton and son Loi. ALL ABOUT FAMILY: Luigi Zanette with great-grandson Joseph, grandson Darren, grandson Brenton and son Loi.

By Kurtis Eichler

 Loi Zanette doesn’t remember one very special Father’s Day, but he does recall the big Italian family gatherings that came with them.

“There was six kids in the family,” Mr Zanette told the BDT.

“We didn’t go far but we as a family always got together on Father’s Day.”

He said as the six siblings grew up and moved away, they would always make time for their father, Luigi, on that first Sunday in September.

“They would make the effort to come back for the typical Italian get-together,” he said.

Luigi Zanette, 85, now lives in Aruma Lodge and the retired building contractor will enjoy tomorrow even more knowing he will be one of four generations at the dinner table at Loi’s house.

Luigi, his son Loi, Loi’s son Brenton and his nephew Joseph will make up the four generations, along with Joseph’s father Darren.

 Loi, the former head nurse in the hospital’s Emergency Department, said he struggles to recall one noteworthy gift that he gave his father.

“Dad was not one for gifts,” he recalled.

“Jocks, socks and slippers - he was never a materialistic person.

“He would have rather have his family around him.”

Luigi migrated from Italy after World War II and had to leave his wife, eldest son and eldest daughter behind for several years.

He worked to raise enough money to bring his family to join him in Australia.

“All the rest of us were born in Broken Hill,” said Loi. 

 

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