Brother’s warm tribute to popular restaurateur

Ginio Ferrari
Ginio Ferrari
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Warm tributes have been paid to a well-known Fylde restaurateur.

Ginio Ferrari, 66, who ran Ferrari’s in Great Eccleston, died from cancer six months after being diagnosed with the disease..

You were always more of a doer than a talker

At his funeral, his brother Giancarlo described a man of character, courage and strength.

“You were always more of a doer than a talker,” he said. “At first in Great Eccleston, then at Longridge, you together with your family, offered to all a demonstration of skill and expertise, a mixture of your professional competence and moral code, displaying character, courage and strength.”

Mr Ferrari was born in Pavia, near Milan, the youngest of five and grew up on the family farm which is still run by Giancarlo.

After their eldest brother left Italy and moved to Whitstable in Kent to open Giovanni’s Restaurant, Ginio followed to help him in 1969 and to learn the profession of restaurateur.

It was there he met his future wife, Liverpool-born Susan Hoban, then aged 16 and working in her first job.

They married when she was 18 and, after helping Giovanni at a second restaurant in Kent and with a growing family, they moved north to Lancashire in 1984 to open their first hotel and restaurant in Great Eccleston.

Following the success of this enterprise and with their four children in mind, Ginio and Susan decided to extend and sustain their business for the family by buying the Thornley property, then known as Black Moss House.

Ginio continued to look after the Great Eccleston business, while Susan ran Ferrari’s in Thornley, helped in the early years by her mother May Hoban.

The children – Annamaria, Luisa, Tino and Suzy – now all help to run both businesses, continuing their father’s commitment and legacy.

Ginio Ferrari is survived by his wife Susan, their four children and two grandchildren, Amelie and Benjamin.