Tributes paid to Lancashire restaurant boss

Ginio Ferrari
Ginio Ferrari
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Tributes have been paid to a well-known restaurant boss.

Ginio Ferrari ran Ferrari’s Country House Hotel and Restaurant in Thornley-with-Wheatley near Longridge, for 20 years. He died two days before his 67th birthday after being diagnosed with cancer six months ago.

He was born in Pavia, near Milan, the youngest of five, and grew up on the family farm which is still run by brother Giancarlo Ferrari.

After their eldest brother left Italy and moved to Whitstable in Kent to open Giovanni’s Restaurant, Ginio followed to help him in 1969 and to learn the profession of restaurateur.

It was there he met his future wife, Liverpool-born Susan Hoban, then aged 16 and working in her first job.

They married when she was 18 and, after helping Giovanni at a second restaurant in Kent and with a growing family, they moved north to Lancashire in 1984 to open their first hotel and restaurant in Great Eccleston. Ginio and Susan decided to extend and sustain their business for the family by buying the Thornley property, then known as Black Moss House. Ginio continued to look after the Great Eccleston business, while Susan ran Ferrari’s in Thornley, helped in the early years by her mother May Hoban.

Brother Giancarlo travelled from Italy for the funeral. Of his brother, he said: “You were always more of a doer than a talker. At first in Great Eccleston, then at Longridge, you together with your family, offered to all a demonstration of skill and expertise, a mixture of your professional competence and moral code, displaying character, courage and strength.”

Ginio is survived by wife Susan, their four children and two grandchildren.