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'He was the best man I've ever known' - Paolo Tullio's wife at memorial service

Culinary world pays tribute as food critic Paolo Tullio laid to rest

Published 11/06/2015 | 16:32

Scene during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Scene during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Barry Devlin during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 John Banville during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Garech de Brun (Garech Domnagh Browne) during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Daughter of Paulo Tullio Isabella with her son Balthazar during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Kevin Myers during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Sean Moncrief during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Michael Colgan with a large photo of Paolo Tullio during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Seamus Smith Former Film Censor during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Marian Kenny during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Daughter of Paulo Tullio Isabella with her husabnd Simon Boudard & son Balthazar during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Paul MCGuinness during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Mary Mitchell O' Connor during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Sean Moncrief during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Fiachna O Braonain during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Barry McGovern during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Paul MCGuinness during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Son of Paolo Tullio Rocco Tullio during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Henry McKean during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Barry McGovern during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Stephen Rae during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Rosanna Davison during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Sam Smith during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Derry & Sallyanne Clarke during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Son of Paolo Tullio Rocco Tullio during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Wesley Quirke & Rosanna Davison during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 John Healy Maitre'D at TV show The Restaurant during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Derry & Sallyanne Clarke during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Robbie Fox during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Sam Smith during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Robbie Fox during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
11/06/2015 Harry Crosbie during the Humanist Funeral Service for Paolo Tullio at The Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
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JOHN Boorman has told mourners at a Humanist commemoration ceremony for Paolo Tullio that the great restaurant critic will always be in his heart.

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The warm and intimate ceremony is underway in the beautiful surrounds of the Examinations Hall in Trinity College Dublin.

Mourners were led by Mr Tullio's wife Susan, children Rocco and Isabella, his baby grandson Balthazar and his mother Elena.

Many from the culinary world were there, including chef Derry Clarke and his wife Sallyann from L'Ecrivain.

Also there was fellow food critic Tom Doorley from the TV programme, The Restaurant, on which Mr Tullio had worked for many years.

Mr Tullio's beloved wife Susan spoke about how they met there at Trinity, introduced by Paul McGuinness.

Soon after they moved in together and while her father did not approve, they always did what they wanted to do.

They married with "minimum fuss" in 1975.

"We were a very tight knit little family," she said, saying that while they never had much money they had enough.

He liked to give the impression of Bonhomie and light-heartedness but was a deep person, she revealed.

Paolo Tullio, photographed at his home in Annamoe, Co. Wicklow.
Paolo Tullio, photographed at his home in Annamoe, Co. Wicklow.

He loved his children and was very proud of their intelligence.

The couple separated amicably when Susan needed to pursue her work as an artist in a solitary way, in Kerry.

Paolo was always himself and always saw the bigger picture.

In the end the couple were reunited, said Susan.

"He was the best man I've ever known," she said.

Afterwards Chris De Burgh, who sang a song, The Journey in tribute to his good friend, commended Susan on her bravery.

He met Paolo at the age of 18 at Trinity and loved his zest for life, he said.

He spoke of his last meeting with his friend, saying how they had sat around his bed and sang songs. He held his hand and frequently squeezed it, he said.

John Boorman said he had lived next to Paolo for 30 years, quipping: "He was a great wife to me."

Paolo would never eat the pasta he had cooked for him but Mr Boorman said he forgave him as it was the only thing approaching a negative that Paolo would ever do.

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