GATTO FAMILY FAREWELLS JUSTIN’S CHEEKY GRIN
JUSTIN Gatto was remembered yesterday as a loving son, brother and fiercely protective uncle.
More than 2500 people were in St Ignatius Catholic Church in Richmond to farewell the 34-year-old son of Melbourne identity Mick Gatto.
Former bikie Toby Mitchell, ex-Richmond footballer Jake King and Perth businessman John Kizon, who was involved in a serious car accident last month, were among the mourners.
Family said they would remember his cheeky grin, obsession with changing outfits and warm, generous hugs.
The funeral began with
Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World and finished with In the Arms of an Angel.
Mick Gatto spoke of his son’s miracle birth — two months premature after losing a twin earlier in the same pregnancy.
And he told of his amazing recovery after a serious car accident in 2008, which doctors thought he would not survive.
He also said how he felt sorry for his wife who had lost two other family members recently.
“Justin he wanted to do his own thing, he wanted to be left alone, he wanted to be cut free,” Mr Gatto said.
“I’m a strong believer that, from the day you’re born, its all written and … there’s nothing that anyone can do about it.”
Justin’s brother Damien said his brother loved being an uncle.
“We nicknamed him the security guard watching our children. I’m a protective father but he had me covered,” he said.
Mick Gatto (centre, main) at the funeral of his son Justin (above).