I wanted to go back to Italy, to Firenze one more time to say ‘Arrivederci, Paolo’ one more time. When we parted in August, 2011, I didn’t know when I would be able, if ever, to return to see him, but we spent six days in Florence with Paolo, six glorious days of enjoying the sharing of the beautiful art of Firenze and the beautiful man whom I have known for more than 51 years. He is survived by his brothers, sister in laws, nephews, neices, cousins, and friends all over the world. It is in us, in our hearts & minds, that Paolo Chelli will live on.
I won’t forget his beautiful smile, his kindness, his love of art and life. I am heartbroken. I loved him dearly.