Remembering Renato Turano

Jan 09, 2022 401

BY: Paul Basile

A wave of sorrow swept across the Chicago-area Italian-American community in early December as news spread of the passing of Renato Turano. One of our most beloved and respected leaders, Turano built a legacy of generosity, service and leadership that may never see its equal.

A co-creator with his brothers of one of the largest artisan bread manufacturers in the nation, Turano made history in 2006 when he became the first American citizen to serve in the Italian Senate. Those accomplishments were the base and pinnacle of a dizzying tower of achievements whose heights he scaled while remaining unfailingly humble and kind.

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