Friday, 16 February 2007

Morelli's ice cream founder dies

The founder of the famous Morelli ice cream brand in Portstewart, Angelo Morelli, has died. He was 99.

Mr Morelli passed away peacefully at his home in Cassalattico, southern Italy, on Wednesday, after a short illness.

He had built up an empire of cafes and shops in Northern Ireland.

After Italy declared its support for Hitler in 1940, he was one of many Italian immigrants interned in a camp on the Isle of Man.

He was put on a deportation ship to Canada, but taken off at the last minute.

The ship was sunk by a German U-boat in the Atlantic with total loss of life.

Other local Italians, who had been born on British soil, took over the running of the business.

The family did not let their wartime experiences hold them back, and their businesses developed rapidly.

Angelo returned to Italy in the mid-1990s with his wife.
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