Jamaican Tourism Minister mourns death of tourism stalwart ‘Pino’ Maffessanti

Jamaican Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, paid tribute to the late Hon. Giuseppe “Pino” Maffessanti, highlighting the outstanding role he has played in the physical development of the Jamaican tourism product.

For more than five decades, through his companies, Maffessanti Builders and Maffessanti Bros, he has been a pillar that has played a vital role in the tourism industry, designing and building several architecturally exceptional hotels, villas and apartments.

Mr Maffessanti, who died yesterday (February 25), was also a well-known philanthropist, particularly to churches and educational institutions and through service clubs, giving selflessly to community projects.

In mourning his passing, Minister Bartlett said: “Pino Maffessanti was one of a kind in terms of his love for humanity and his philanthropic responses to so many great social calls from St James in particular and the Catholic community in wider.

He noted that Mr. Maffessanti understood what development was and how to build communities, “build human settlements and provide for the benefit of all. More importantly, he had a love for humanity and it showed in his charity; always involved in doing things for the less fortunate, as evidenced by his work with the Good Shepherd Foundation, which he chaired for many years, and the Catholic Church. These stand out as clear examples of the nature of man.

In 2018, Mr. Maffessanti was honored by the Government of Jamaica, which awarded him the Order of Jamaica (JO).

It was for his outstanding contribution to the construction industry, social development, welfare and philanthropy. Before receiving this national award, he had received the Order of Distinction, at the rank of Commander.

He was also made a Knight of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great, one of the highest honors of the Catholic Church.

Italian by birth, he has made Jamaica and more specifically Montego Bay his home since migrating here in the early 1950s and succeeded his father as head of the construction company he started. Under “Pino’s” management, Maffessanti Buildings became a household name, particularly in West Jamaica, where they gained a reputation for high standards and quality workmanship.

Among the hotels that bear the signature of Maffessanti Builders are the famous Round Hill, Tryall Club, Couples Sans Souci and Shaw Park.

“He was a pioneer in the physical development of much of West Jamaica and left landmark projects in the parishes of St James and Hanover. Pino Maffessanti left an indelible mark on Jamaican tourism landscape and while he was honored by a grateful nation during his lifetime, it is also fitting that on the occasion of his passing we also honor him,” said Minister Bartlett, noting that he was “a a good family man and we respect him for the exemplary family life he lived.

Minister Bartlett said Mr Maffessanti will be “deeply missed by all of us, but more so by his devoted wife Daniela and his two children, Mark and Nancy and on behalf of all of us in Jamaica, especially St. James, and my family in particular, I want to offer our sincere condolences to the bereaved family.

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