Biaggio Signorelli began his career as a Lakemba greengrocer.
THE late Biaggio Signorelli, founder of wedding and events venues, Doltone House, was inducted into the Multicultural Honour Roll at the Premier's Harmony Dinner last Wednesday.
After immigrating to Australia as a 19-year-old in 1954, Mr Signorelli began his career as a greengrocer, opening his first fruit shop in Haldon Street, Lakemba. He took on a second job in a factory – a workplace that exposed him to asbestos which inevitably cost him his life.
Mr Signorelli married Fina and had three children, Paul, Anna and Nina. In 1995 with the support of his son, Paul, the family established Doltone House at Sylvania Waters and within a few years, they expanded to Jones Bay Wharf and Darling Island Wharf at Pyrmont. During his career, Mr Signorelli donated funds to many Italian associations in Sydney, and was a generous contributor to many charities.
The successful businessman died from Mesothelioma in 2008, eight months after his diagnosis. In his honour, the family started The Biaggio Signorelli Asbestos Foundation which aims to increase awareness about the dangers of asbestos, early detection and ultimately help to find a cure for Mesothelioma.
"Not a day goes by that we don't remember my father and look back on his legacy with great pride," son Paul said.