One of Ballarat’s best known businessmen has been remembered as a well respected man and a practical joker by his peers.
Eddo (Eddie) Dellore died on September 12, aged 61.
Mr Dellore was the director of Da Vinci’s on Sturt Street and had also been involved in numerous other business ventures throughout the city.
Friend and former business partner Gus Raschilla said Mr Dellore would be deeply missed within the community.
Mr Raschilla, the owner of restaurant Table 48, said he first met his friend when he arrived in Ballarat 40 years ago.
“Me and Ed, we go back a long way,” Mr Raschilla said.
“We were partners in the nightclub scene about 20 years ago.”
The pair ran popular Ballarat nightclubs Hot Gossip and Dawsons for a number of years in the 1990s.
In recent times, the pair ran separate restaurants, with Mr Dellore heading-up popular Sturt Street eatery Da Vinci’s.
“Everyone knew Ed,” Mr Raschilla said. “He had a great presence – he was a big man with a big heart.”
Mr Raschilla said Mr Dellore was a “good hearted fellow” who was well respected by everyone he came across.”
“No-one had a bad word to say about Ed,” he said.
“He’d do anything for anyone – at the same time, if you did anything wrong to him, he’d want his pound of flesh.”
In recent times, the life-long friends would visit each others’ dining establishments and discuss what had become of the trade.
“I was on Ed’s way home, so he’d come past all the time,” he said. “Being in the same industry, we always tended to talk about what was happening, all the changes over time and and often ways of improving our businesses.”
“He’ll definitely be missed around Ballarat.”
Ed is survived by his wife Liva, and his two daughters Sonia and Christina.