Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed that there will be a State Funeral for Melbourne icon Sisto Malaspina who was murdered by terrorist Hassan Kalif Shire Ali on Friday afternoon.
Premier Andrews tweeted, “Sisto Malaspina was a Victorian icon, known and loved by us all. I spoke to his family again this morning, and they have accepted my offer of a State Funeral next week, with more details to come. Until then, our love and thoughts remain with Sisto’s family”.
Sisto Malaspina was a Victorian icon, known and loved by us all. I spoke to his family again this morning, and they have accepted my offer of a State Funeral next week, with more details to come. Until then, our love and thoughts remain with Sisto's family.
— Daniel Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) November 12, 2018
When news of Sisto’s murder broke there was an immediate outpouring from the Melbourne community, celebrities, sports stars and politicians.
Vale Sisto. You brought flavour, sustenance, coolness & culture to this land. Your food & coffee helped make this the most livable city in the world. I remember well a time when migrants like us were feared. May your spirit of hospitality live on ???☕️? https://t.co/k6UFDK0FN3
— Magda Szubanski (@MagdaSzubanski) November 11, 2018
Sisto, thank you. You hosted our family so many times at Pellagrinis: first my parents, then us kids, then our kids. Desperately sad news. Heartfelt condolences to all of your family #sisto #SistoMalaspina #pellagrinis
— Clare Bowditch (@ClareBowditch) November 10, 2018
My friend Sisto Malaspina-owner of Pellegrinis was the man killed by that piece of sh*t in Bourke St. His ever smiling face & cafe are iconic Melb institutions-everyone ❤️ Sisto His great loves where his family & friends, Pellegrini's & the Bombers. R.I.P Sisto u will be missed pic.twitter.com/gG4zlApzjS
— Nick Giannopoulos (@NikGiannopoulos) November 10, 2018
Heart broken that we lost such a great man of Pellegrini’s and a friend to so many (including me) Sisto Malaspina , to a senseless act of violence in Melbourne. Sisto thank you for the love you gave us all, you will be missed mate. R.I .P pic.twitter.com/gjSAjgFV5I
— Anthony Field (@Anthony_Wiggle) November 10, 2018
He was like a favourite uncle . One of the reasons I love going to Melbourne, because I knew I’d get that greeting. When we met I was a badly paid theatre actor, he always treated me like a Prince. La famiglia. All the best to you Damian. https://t.co/gpnGS6k1js
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) November 10, 2018
Calls have also been made to have Crossley Street, the street down the side of Pellegrini’s restaurant, renamed Sisto Street. Daniel Andrews backs the plans.
Details for the State Funeral will be announced soon for later this week.
The State Funeral for Sisto Malaspina will be held at St Patrick's Cathedral in East Melbourne, at 10:30am on Tuesday 20 November. It will be an opportunity to celebrate this remarkable Victorian, who brought love, life, colour and flavour to our city. Further details to come.
— Daniel Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) November 13, 2018