ONE of the Island’s most colourful characters, Nino Besozzi, has died, aged 88.
Mr Besozzi and his family have been running The Bonchurch Inn for more than 30 years, and he was respected by Islanders and visitors alike.
His life began in 1927, near Lake Maggiore, in Laveno Mombello, close to the Italian/Swiss border.
He moved to London in 1954, and spent his life working in the catering industry.
Mr Besozzi worked in a number of top hotels, including The Savoy and the Talk of the Town in London, and The Grosvenor, Chester, and Skindles, Maidenhead.
He moved to the IW in 1977, with his wife Gillian, and they had two children, Adrian and Victoria, in 1980.
He went on to manage Yelf’s Hotel, Ryde, for seven years, with Trust House Forte.
Mr Besozzi, who died on August 7, made many friends through the hotel, and they continued to visit him when he became the landlord of The Bonchurch Inn.
His family said he was the perfect gentleman and would be forever loved and missed.