Irish-Italian who was a keen sportsman
Published 01/08/2010 | 05:00
THE death has occurred of Ercole Divito, 82, one of the best-known members of Ireland's Italian community.
He was born in Coleraine, Co Derry, but was intensely proud of his Italian heritage.
His parents Magno and Maria Divito came from Italy in the early 1900s and established a business making and selling ice cream. The Divito family moved to Bray in the Forties and opened the Lido, a traditional fish and chip shop on Quinsboro Road.
Ercole married Maria Cafolla, daughter of Giuseppe and Nicolina Cafolla, a union which joined two of Ireland's most respected Italian families.
Ercole and Maria opened The Broadway Cafe -- the first state-of-the-art, American self-service restaurant on Dublin's O'Connell Street. The couple raised six children Joe, Nicky, Mario, Leo, Adriano and Rosanna, above the business.
Ercole took great pride in his 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren but he also had other interests.
He represented Ireland in speedboat racing and won trophies around Europe. At one time he held a record for sport fishing in the Canary Islands.
After retirement three years ago he moved out of O'Connell Street to Donnybrook with his wife Maria and his daughter's family.
He died on July 23, surrounded by his family.