MORE than 1500 people paid their respects at the funeral of much loved leader of the Stirling Italian community Tony Multari, who died on March 25 at 53.
Mr Multari, who was heavily involved with many community groups, spent his childhood in Osborne Park and attended Tuart Hill High School.
Friend Pat Luca described him as a “modern day saint”, who worked tirelessly for the good of the community.
“Tony’s generosity and kind heartedness started at the age of five when he would open the bread van doors and offer the fresh crusty rolls to his friends in the neighbourhood for free,” he said.
Mr Luca said his success in business did not affect him and he maintained a love of his Calabrese heritage.
“He was known as the ‘cannoli king’ because he would often show up at clients’ offices or drop in to see friends with a huge tray of delicious Italian cannoli, cakes and a big, beautiful smile and he most certainly brightened up their days with his charm, friendly personality and great sense of humour,” Mr Luca said.
“He was very passionate about the culture, traditions and most importantly his humble beginnings.”
Mr Multari’s company GCS was a major Balcatta Soccer Club sponsor and he supported the club where his children Curtis and Georgia played.
His 16-year-old son Curtis said his father touched many lives.
“His selflessness and generosity were qualities that made my dad a true legend to us all and loved by so many,” he said.
“Dad was the kind of person that would put everyone else’s needs before his own.”
Mt Multari leaves behind his two children Curtis and Georgia and wife Michele.