In memory of Giuseppe (16-04-1964 12-07-2017)
In July Giuseppe Morabito, a phytoplankton researcher, died at the age of 53, leaving his wife Paola and two very young girls. He fought cancer for about 3 years. Colleagues from all Italy arrived here on Lake Maggiore to his funeral. A treasured colleague quiet and friendly, helpful, not boastful and competent. If you were here you could see melancholy in the eyes of people crossing the Institute. His ashes were scattered from a boat in Lake Maggiore, a lake he has studied a lot.
Marina Manca wrote a simple, concise, touching but complete piece about Giuseppe’s life.
Sometimes, life gives us the privilege of meeting special people, people who by their presence illuminate the world, make it better. Here, we, Giuseppe’s colleagues and friends, have received this privilege: we worked with him in the Pallanza Institute for years or have had the opportunity to collaborate with him on large or small international projects. We are privileged because we have been able to know this lovely person, to enjoy his presence, his collaboration, ever-knowing scientific competence, the mild touch of his character, ever obedient, always courteous, gentle, affable and discreet and at the same time attentive, enlightening and witty.
Over the years, we have had many opportunities to fully appreciate the qualities of Giuseppe- and in recent times, his close colleagues learned to call him “Peppe”, as his closest friends and family members called him- and to earn his precious friendship.
We will always have the memory of our time with Giuseppe and of his unique way of being a very high-quality researcher and a very high quality and deep person. The two qualities only in very rare cases travel together, enriching each other and providing lifeblood to nourish knowledge and science, human and civil growth.
Giuseppe leaves us, colleagues from Pallanza and from around the world, to inherit the way of being great in science as in humanity.