Café legend and former city councillor Joe Di Maio passes away

Former councillor and well-known café owner Giuseppe “Joe” Di Maio has passed away following an illness. The flag above the Hamilton City Council building will fly at half-mast to honour him.

Deputy Mayor Martin Gallagher paid tribute to Di Maio and said, “Joe was a larger than life character, an extroverted and boisterous expatriate Italian businessman who made Hamilton his home for more than 40 years.” Di Maio served two terms as a Hamilton City Councillor between 2004 and 2010.

Gelato Arlecchino, an iconic Hamilton eatery, will sorely miss Di Maio’s lively conversation. Di Maio took pride in serving authentic Italian pizza, gelato and espresso. “He was an absolute legend of the central city who many people will remember fondly.”