Remembering Vito by Susan De Bartoli

It seems we blinked our eyes, and a year has passed. It’s almost impossible to believe. For the fans who have followed the guys from the beginning, the loss of Vito Boschetto on February 28th, 2021, was a great loss. Vito was a very important part of the Il Volo family.
In the beginning when the guys were still underage, they traveled with their families and so no concert was complete without the parents.
For the new fans, many of you who just started following this past year, Vito is unknown to you. So today I decided to remember Vito and let you read the memorial I did for him on his passing. I think it says it all because Vito was a…..

A SIMPLE, HUMBLE MAN

(Published March 2, 2021)
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 a day when I do not think about how proud I am of them.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!

This song will always touch our hearts! The beauty of the song encompasses the beauty of the man who the guys sang it for at Sanremo just three days after his passing.

And we will never forget the dedication at Verona on June 5, 2021. The guys dedicated the event “to the people who didn’t make it (referring to COVID). Our thoughts go up there to them.” Piero then added: “This concert is dedicated to Vito who we miss so much and is watching us from up there.”
And in truth there would be no concerts if it wasn’t for the families of these three young men! We thank all the families for their great sacrifices!
On this first anniversary of Vito’s passing, I would like Caterina, Ignazio and Nina to know that we are Remembering Vito today and we are praying for all of you! The Il Volo family will never be able to replace the missing piece!
Join me next week as I go back Through the Fields of My Mind and open the door to a new adventure!
If you would like to share a story with me, please email:  susan.flightcrew@yahoo.com
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18 thoughts on “Remembering Vito by Susan De Bartoli”

  1. It remember me when my dad passed away my tears are coming
    You write so wunderfull thank you so match.
    Greating from Holland

  2. Susan, what a wonderful, touching story of Vito and his family. Although it is a year since he passed, the memories and aching heart must be so hard for Ignazio. May God help to keep him strong. Many tears for him from his fans. Dolores

  3. A beautiful memorial to a wonderful husband and father. We thank Vito and Caterina for sharing their son with us.
    Prayers for the family on this first anniversary. Rest In Peace Vito.

  4. Thanks, Susan, for a touching memorial and account of Ignazio’s father. What a great family; It is amazing how supportive both parents were when he was young and when they, themselves, were struggling to make ends meet. Such hard-working people.
    I had to smile at the photo of Gianluca, Vito and Ignazio. Gianluca and Vito are smiling but Ignazio is looking so smug! (“This is MY father!”)

  5. Dear Susan, thank you for sharing such a beautiful memory of Vito Brochetta. I had just become a part of ILVOLO club. It was the best decision I made getting to know these 3 talented young men. I am past 84 soon to be 85 in June. You brought to light what family is all about. These 3 young men are and were brought up with much love, caring and understanding. They couldn’t be more alike if they were cut from the same umbilical cord. You Gotta Believe that things will get better and our boys will be on the road again. I hope someday I get to meet you. You are very special as well. ILVOLO emulates their families upbringing. Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio are very special in their own ways. However, deep down in my heart there was something about Ignazio. It’s just my gut feeling; I can’t put my finger on it. He is just so very special in his own way. May God bless all of you. Fondly and thank you, Irma

  6. This is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. It always brings tears to my eyes. ❤️

  7. Well remembered Susan. Vito, a good and solid man with his priorities clear. His love and devotion to his family. I was blessed with a dad like that and so this memory brought him back to me as well. I’m grateful for all the Il Volo families and what they did and what they are still doing to make these 3 boys/men’s dreams come true. Love and devotion.

  8. Hi Susan… Thank you for such a beautiful tribute to a great man like Don Vito Boschetto, and believe me I needed a lot of Kleenex to read it all.
    I can define myself as one of the new Ilvolovers, since I just started following them since the second quarter of 2020; but I’ve always said that Ignazio is my favourite… And that’s why I’ve always tried to find out as much as possible about him, and that’s how I learned more about his family; And yes, Don Vito was always an excellent person, the pride of his family.
    The day Don Vito left us, I felt as if a bucket of cold water had fallen on me; I just didn’t believe it… It’s going to be a year since this departure, and I still feel a lot of sadness, for Ignazio, doña Caterina and Nina; but I am sure that Don Vito is always with them, with every achievement, with every step they take, he is there, very proud of his family.
    And every time I hear this beautiful song (Your Love), I can’t help but shed a tear, because it’s the song that Ignazio and IL VOLO dedicated to Vito in their recent departure (Ignazio’s strength blew me away), and it means a lot both for themselves and for their fans.
    God have him in his glory, and in the thoughts of all of us who love him.
    Vito, you will always live in our hearts!!

  9. Susan because of you I feel I know this family and Ignazio. Thank you for sharing. Barbara Dobrzynski Justice. USA

  10. Susan, thank you so much for that story. I cried all through it but it was beautiful. I love their bond and how they support each other. Brotherly love.

  11. Thank you Susan. I had a similar dad and upbringing made me cry for my dad also. I wept when I saw and heard Ignazio sing Your love only three days after his passing. I know his dad is so proud of him. I love All three but Ignazio is just so exceptional to me in every way. May Vito riposa en pace and May the families great memories help them through❤️❤️❤️🇮🇹🥇🎶🎶🎶🎶

  12. Merci Susan c’est toujours avec plaisir que je lis tes articles et celui là est tres touchant ! Ca se voyait sur son visage que c’etait un homme bon et genereux et on comprend d’ou vient la gentillesse la bonté et l’humilité d’Ignazio et sa famille !
    Ils se sont bien trouvés tous les trois car ils ont des familles supers
    Tendres pensées pour Vito qu’il repose en paix <3 <3

  13. My deepest condolences, Ignazio, Thank so much to your father for this great present for world as you are! We adore you , your trio is the best in the world, you make happy everyone, who listens your songs!❤️❤️❤️💋💋💋💐💐💐🌹🌹🌹🌺🌺🌺

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