A MEMORIAL service is to be held for a former Eastbourne businessman who passed away last month.
Pietro Galli, known as Peter, died on July 3. He was 72. His family say they are heartbroken and are now planning an open service for him at the family business The Beachhouse Cafe on Eastbourne seafront on Tuesday (August 9) at 5.30pm.
There will be a wake at the Greenhouse afterwards and Peter will then start his journey back to his native Italy for an intimate burial in his home town.
Mr Galli, who was married to former teacher Caroline and had two daughters Dariana and Juliana, travelled around Europe when he met and married Caroline.
His family said this week, “Peter was a very proud Italian and businessman in the town for many years.
“A 70s entrepreneur in flares and a velvet jacket, he opened La Lupa in Terminus Road, one of the town’s first Italian restaurants.
“The 80s saw Peter in his tweed blazer and beige chinos, a new look, and a new venture, Da Vinci shoes. Situated in Chatsworth Walk, Peter sold exclusive handmade Italian footwear for 13 years. In later life, Peter took to the open road and bought a plate with Jayline, based in Hailsham.”
Mr Galli’s working life was cut short when he had a skiing accident and he struggled to walk.
His family said, “Sheer willpower, fortitude, strength of character and the addition of four wonderful grandchildren gave him the raw determination to achieve what several doctors said was impossible.
“In recent years, Peter was found overseeing the daily running of The Beachhouse by day and The Greenhouse by night.
“It was in this capacity that Peter was happiest. Many, many customers became good friends.
“He loved socialising, putting the world to rights and watching his grandchildren playing on the beach in the sunshine.”