Sisto Malaspina: The cafe owner who has stirred Melbourne's grief

For more than 40 years, Sisto Malaspina served up coffee, cake and smiles to the countless people who entered his famous cafe in the heart of Melbourne.

But earlier this month, while on an afternoon break, Mr Malaspina was murdered in a terror attack about 400m (1,300 feet) from his cafe.

The 74-year-old was stabbed alongside two men who suffered injuries but survived. The attacker was shot dead by police.

On Tuesday, Mr Malaspina’s customers were among hundreds of people who gathered to remember him at a state funeral in Australia’s largest church.

It follows much public grief – and a vast number of tributes – for the popular co-owner of Pellegrini’s, one of Melbourne’s best-known cafes.

Image caption Mourners were asked to wear bright colours to remember Mr Malaspina

His son, David Malaspina, led the tributes in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral.

“Never would we have thought that our beloved dad would reach out and have such an impact to so many,” he said.

‘Remarkable’ figure

Sisto Malaspina migrated to Australia from Italy in the 1960s, and has been celebrated for helping to shape Melbourne’s cafe culture.

In 1974 he became co-owner of Pellegrini’s…

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