GATTO FAM­ILY FAREWELLS JUSTIN’S CHEEKY GRIN

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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).

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