Vito Boschetto ~ A Simple, Humble Man by Susan

Often, I write about Ignazio and all his wonderful achievements but, today I have to write about something that is so very sad.
On Monday, we all heard the news about the sudden death of Ignazio’s father, Vito Boschetto. Each of us stopped to think about Ignazio and, how he must be feeling. There are no words that we can express to comfort the family.  We can only say they are in our hearts and in our prayers!
I write about Ignazio so often that I feel a special closeness to him and, my heart aches for him. I know how sensitive he is and, I think he must be hurting a lot right now.
Today I want to write, not about Ignazio but, about his family. What I know about them and how they made Ignazio who he is today.
Over the years, as we watched Ignazio grow into a fine, young men, we grew to understand that it was his parents’ guidance that made him who he is. They are a very proud family. Hard working people. This is a trait we see in Ignazio.
They gave Ignazio such exceptional values that it only made sense he would become the good, kind and compassionate person he is.
When Ignazio speaks about his family he speaks with a passion. The deep bond this family has is exceptional. Even as a very young child Ignazio said his family shared everything. No matter what happened it was discussed with the whole family. Ignazio has said that he admires his parents for their openness with him and Nina.
This is what Ignazio had to say about his parents. “Is it the same if the images that I will never forget are …. the memories of my parents? It’s not that I’m crazy or strange, it’s right that my story would never have existed without my parents …. Of sacrifices they have made many and, big for me and for my sister but, more so for me. I do not spend days when I do not think about how proud I am of them.”
Vito Boschetto closeup
Mr. Boschetto was a man who worked very hard for his family.  He was a mason, a brick layer. He worked at this job right up to the last days of his life. Ignazio would tell you that his mom and dad had worked at many jobs, and they tried to learn any trade, just to earn some extra money for the family.
In 1990 when work was scarce in Marsala, it became necessary to find work elsewhere. Vito heard about work in Buonconvento, in the province of Siena and he moved his family there. At the time only Nina was born.
In 1992 it became apparent that this was not working. They could not earn enough to sustain the family and so, after hearing from an old friend about work in San Martino in Argine, near Bologna, Vito moved his family there. This was an excellent decision because the family began to prosper with this move. They decided it was time to move into a home of their own and, so, they moved into a house in the hamlet of Guarda di Molinella. This is the house where Ignazio was born.
You will recall that Ignazio’s mother became ill with cancer and many of Ignazio’s young years were spent alone with his sister, Nina. For Ignazio, Nina is a second mother.

Ignazio with sister, Nina

After Caterina’s successful treatment, she returned to work and finally everything was normal.
Vito and Caterina knew they would return to Marsala one day and, that is what they worked towards.
In July 2004 the family moved back to Marsala. Caterina’s dream was to open a pizzeria and Vito’s dream was to have Caterina’s dream come true.
Every day for one year, when Vito returned from worked, he built the pizzeria. He built it right in front of their house. Every free moment Ignazio had, he worked alongside his father so that his mother could realize her dream.  A year later the pizzeria was completed.

Vito with IL VOLO car behind him

Ignazio’s memories of this time bring him to a very important moment in his life. He always says, “If there had not been the pizzeria, perhaps I would never have started singing seriously. Because, in the meantime, while the pizzeria grew, into me grew more and more the passion for electronics and music. I had started to be part of the elementary school choir and my dad, who was more passionate about electronics than me, had bought me a mixer, a microphone and two speakers, with which we started doing the easiest thing that could be done with that: karaoke.”
Much of this story you already know. After Caterina’s customer heard Ignazio sing, he suggested he meet with a singing teacher and the rest is history. But, before the history there were many obstacles to overcome.
Lessons, many, many lessons. Lessons took money. Lots and lots of money. And so, Vito and Caterina did everything they could to get the money that was needed for the lessons. It took a lot of hard work but, for Vito and Caterina, it was necessary so Ignazio could have his dream.
Left to right: Gianluca, Vito and Ignazio backstage
Finally, the day arrived when the money ran out and Vito and Caterina were heartbroken. They tried everything possible but could not find the means for Ignazio to go on with his lessons. Finally, they found a way. They decided to make a loan. And through the generosity of someone dear to them, the lessons continued. Yes, the sacrifices were great and, many but they were made with love!
After Ti Lascio una Canzone, Il Volo came to be and, a, new, sacrifice had to be made.
Since Ignazio was underage, one of his parents had to travel with him on his world tours. The time was split between Vito and Caterina. This certainly disrupted their family life but, being the people they are, they managed to get through it. At that point the greatest sacrifice to be made was between Ignazio and Nina who would not see each other for very long periods of time. The world tours kept the family apart but, their love kept them together.

Left to right: Vito, wife Caterina sitting in an audience

When Vito returned from the tour, he would return to his work. He never tried to make his life easy. What he did, he did for his children and would only accept their love in return.
Vito was a simple man! A humble man who taught his children to be kind and humble and to live lives that they could be proud of.
It is not every man that passes through this life that can say he was able to fulfill his son’s dream. A dream that would bring him fame.
Once Ignazio described his family as simple people. Yes, simple and loving and always ready to do whatever was necessary to help each other.
Ignazio, your father is gone but you will keep him alive in your memory. You’ll walk into a room and remember a beautiful moment. You’ll look at a picture and remember that wonderful smile that made a little boys tears go away. You’ll walk down a street and remember the first time you walked together and, he held your hand and made you understand that he would always be there for you. He will always be there for you! You will feel his presence! You will keep his memory alive with your stories of all the wonderful things you shared! But, above all, you will keep him alive because you are him! You are the best part of what he was! His unbounding love! This is the greatest legacy a man can leave for his family!
Ignazio, please accept our deepest condolences! Know that we all are praying for you and your family.

Left to right: Vito, wife Caterina and Ignazio sitting in an audience

Ciao Vito with red heart and black ribbon


Credit to owners of all photos.

68 thoughts on “Vito Boschetto ~ A Simple, Humble Man by Susan”

  1. Susan,
    in the past I have written many articles for this site. I have to say that I am humbled by what you have written here. I have never written anything more beautiful and well done as this. I hope the Boschetto family reads this tribute to such a wonderful and giving man. I now understand the great model Ignazio has had in his life. No wonder he has turnd out to be the amazing young man that he is.
    Condolences to the Boschetto family and bravo to you, Susan.

    1. Thank you Marie! I really appreciate your comment. But, all of us who write with Flight Crew write with love in our hearts and that comes through in our stories! Thank you again!

      1. What a wonderful story of the sacrifices they made for their children . So sad to lose a father at 60. Vito lived to see his son benefit and now he goes from strength to strength with the other two wonderful singers by his side.

  2. May the Lord grants to the all family, the strength to cope with the sorrow and pain of loosing dearest Mr. Vito Boscheto. It is very difficult to face something like that but, the sweet memories and love will be there to help. My deepest sympathy to Ignazio, he is the man of the family now and I believe he will be the best, because his Dad showed him how to be a gentleman, a responsible, caring sweet boy. Mr. Vito will live forever in the heart of the people who learn to love and respect him through his marvelous son. Rest In Peace!🖤🖤🖤🖤

  3. So very sorry for the death of your father. He is very proud of who you became. Your singing has healing properties. When my daughter died I used there music to help with my grief. I still do to this day. I met Ignasio at a concert in Texas Feb 2020. I understand why they will go far because of there values learned buy there special parents and family. Ilvolo a very special group of people. They treat fans like gold. Thank you so much for that.
    All my prayers to help with your grief.

  4. My Deep condolences to Ignazio and his great beautiful family. . Prayers for strength to you and family and God Bless You All. Love is around you.

  5. I cried reading Daniela’s piece Monday, and again reading
    your piece last night. Thank you both and thanks to all
    the lovely Crew family and members for outpouring of love.
    Its like a big warm blanket of love for the Boschetto family,
    Michele and the entire Il Volo family.

  6. Sono con il cuore pesante Conosco la sensazione di mio padre che muore, ho 54 anni, papà è morto 12 anni fa, non è mai facile, ma migliora, è orgoglioso e felice e sempre con tutti voi🙏💕 rispetto e amore

  7. Thank you for such a beautiful post!! Most I knew but a few things I did not. The song they chose for SanRemo tonight was so moving. So emotional. I am guessing they changed from the one they were scheduled to sing. Ignazio did magnificent considering how he must have felt. I have a little tribute also, on my page. If you see this Igny. We all love you and your family, and are praying for your strength and your love for each other to get you through this tough time. Love , hugs and prayers , Donna

  8. My deepest condolences to the Boschetto family. Your father is and was a fine man who loved his son and family very much which is evident. Take good care of your mother who has lost her husband, the love of her life! Your father’s spirit is with you cheering you on.

  9. My condolences to the wonderful young man Ignazio is and his beautiful Family. May He and his Family find peace and comfort!. It it heartbreaking to loose a Family member especially a Parent!. My prayers and Blessings to Ignazio and Family and for the person writing this very special article!🙏❤️

    1. My condolences to the wonderful young man Ignazio is and his beautiful Family. May He and his Family find peace and comfort!. It it heartbreaking to loose a Family member especially a Parent!. My prayers and Blessings to Ignazio and Family and for the person writing this very special article!🙏❤️

  10. I offer many prayers and condolences to dear Ignacio and his family. His father left a shining example of a life well lived. It is natural that Ignacio should have so many wonderful traits and possess such a lovable personality with such a wonderful father. And thanks for this marvelous article. Dena Pitchfork, Mercer Island, Washington U.S.A.

  11. It is in with the deepest feeling of my heart to express the way I am by your side Ignazio and also your beloved family. There have been days and years that I will say that I feel like I know you as a friend. When I go to the concerts and then after see the 3 of you at Meet & Greet I consider this IS THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE. Of course a song you 3 know. So, if I can make this reply to you and help you at any time. Please just let me know. Oh by the way. While I am at the Meet & Greet I always have a letter written and give it to one of you 3 and hope you all read them. I have so many more things that you & I have that are so alike.
    Just remember: God is by your side as well as Jesus and your Dad is now Safely Home. Your friend Catherine Russo Middletown, Connecticut

  12. My deepest condolences Ignazio. Your father was a truly remarkable,loving man and that shows in the man you have become.You will always have your memories of growing up in a loving, supportive family. Your father must have been so proud of you and what you have accomplished at such a young age. Dad will always be with you. My prayers for all your family.
    A devoted fan, Marian Mino, Addieville, Illinois

  13. His father will alway be by his side,he raised a beautiful humble and respectable young man…God bless you ignazio keep making your dad proud 🙏🏼🙏🏼Susan beautiful article thank you🌹🌹

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