TOLMEZZO. Also a helicopter flight to give – Thursday 15 July – the last farewell to the Tolmezzo doctor Giovanni Battista Cattaino (for all Gianni), in homage to the 17 years (until 2006) in which he worked in the Alpine Rescue.
The memory of Elifriulia was one of the many gestures of gratitude that have followed one another relentlessly in recent days towards Cattaino, a retired family doctor and then a volunteer for his Carnia, an important name in climbing not only in the region , one of the most prolific bolters in the area and musician.
Fatal was a tragic fall on Sunday 11 when he had already completed the Oberst Gressel via ferrata.
A large silent and moving crowd, including many mountain and music enthusiasts like him, but also many former patients, colleagues and friends, gathered yesterday in the garden of a funerary area in Tolmezzo for the farewell with a civil ceremony.
A wave of memories and messages outlined Cattaino’s multifaceted interests, his contagious and enriching curiosity for others, his acute care and sensitivity. The family, through the brother-in-law Andrea, wanted to thank everyone, very impressed by the closeness received.
Lying on the coffin a cushion of flowers in the colors of the sun, the inevitable rope, a strong symbol of Cattaino’s symbiosis with the mountain, a photo, and the flute with which he played in his group, the Fale Curte, who dedicated some songs to him .
There are also those who recalled Cattaino’s silent generosity: «He was a person – said a friend – who gave a lot to others, without letting them know, without ever appearing. I learned many gestures only in these days even I, who knew him well ». –