I hope Sisto’s death is not in vain. Many have called him a Melbourne icon. And that he was.
A humble man with a personality larger than life. He was welcoming, friendly, happy to chat to anyone, willing to share with you the famous Pellegrini granita, insisting you should try it. In short, it was obvious he loved what he did.
For me, Sisto represents the epitome of the Australian migrant success story. However, he was not only that. He along with many others have sown the seeds that have become the vibrancy, uniqueness and soul of this country. The envy of many other countries. So Sisto’s passing will be a deep loss that is felt by many.
It’s important to note, there are no winners here. Not for the families, nor the bystanders, police or any part of the community that has witnessed this event. Events like this chip away at our way of life, our security, our well being and have brought sadness to all involved.
Let’s hope the passing of this wonderful human, one of many recently, does not change the fabric of this society forever.
Particularly at this time, we need to be accepting, kind, empathetic but realistic. It is easy to play the blame game and withdraw from those around us. However, despite what we hear or are told, it is up to us to not allow that to happen.
My condolences to all involved.
Note: Photo not mine.