In memory of Beppe Ferrero
Beppe Ferrero has died. He was the historical ‘guide’ of Chieri and its artistic patrimony. He was passionate about Don Bosco and had great knowledge of the places of John Bosco at Chieri.
Mr. Beppe knew many FMA, young people, and groups of the Salesian Family who were always fascinated by his simple and competent talks. The Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians is grateful for his dedication and passion in promoting love for the artistic patrimony of the city, of the Salesian places, for Don Bosco, and for the Institute.
He followed the groups of Project Mornese, of the second month of the second Novitiate, and of the many FMA who went to Chieri to follow the ten years of Don Bosco there, his life, spirituality, and educative mission that are very precious.
Sr. Monica Menegusi, who is responsible for Project Mornese writes: “Mr. Giuseppe, as I called him with respect because we considered him a man impassioned about Don Bosco…to the point it seemed he had known him, above all when he spoke of his experience at Valdocco as a pupil, his rapport with the Superiors, the climate/environment that was breathed there almost as though the Founder were still alive.
He spoke of Don Bosco as a son who loves his father very much; a faithful disciple who followed his footprints step by step. He knew the places, every corner where the young John had been, like the palm of his hand. He narrated the history, the events; he spoke of the people as though he was present as a protagonist and a witness. But, he did not only recall things, he also knew how tell us phrases jokingly that questioned our fidelity to Don Bosco. He was not afraid to call things by name and challenge us in our mission with the young.
As we followed his rapid pace and his youthful rhythm, his walking was more like running, he answered all of the questions of the Sisters or lay people and alternated with a brief chat with the people. His neighbors loved him and esteemed him a lot. ‘What a wonderful Salesian!’, the group would comment at the end of the tour, thinking that he was a Salesian religious and he certainly was as a youth of the first generation of Don Bosco’s sons!”
Beppe Ferrero would have been 90 years old on January 12, 2017. He died on the afternoon of Sunday, December 4, 2016. He was born in Chieri on January 12, 1927 and had worked with the Tabasso company since the time of its founder Felice. Retired since the 80’s, he had collaborated with Secondo Caselle in the management of the Salesian circuit, and then succeeded him beginning in 1992. From then and until a short time ago, there was nothing easier than to meet Beppe followed by a multi-language group of tourists and pilgrims, as he related and explained, sometimes in Piedmontese, all the secrets of Chieri.
A great protagonist in spreading the artistic and historical patrimony of Chieri, known to few others. The City had celebrated him for the first time in 2007 when he was 80 years old, and a second time in 2015, with Mayor Martano who had given him a parchment celebrating his long work in favor of the community.
He remains a blest memory among us.