further tribute to my son

I’m putting here another tribute to my son Rupert – not for vanity of any sort but because he deserves to have people know how much he was respected – this was printed in another local Italian paper – have translated as best I can –

Amalfi says goodby to Rupert Scarfe, son of the Pink Floyd cartoonist (?).
The news of his premature loss has shocked the entire community of Amalfi, known and highly respected in all of the Amalfi Coast.
At 47 years of age he had to give in to the invasive illness against which he had battled for some time.
Rupert worked as a tourist guide in Italy and abroad; everyone remembers him as a person always helpful and sunny, a friend to all. It was in fact his friends, as well as his family, who never left him alone until yesterday.
He is the firstborn of Gerald Scarfe, satirical cartoonist from London, world-famous, who knew success during the 1970s, collaborating even with Roger Waters, singer and bass player of the Pink Floyd, producing the animation of the tour of “Wish you were Here” and for the film “The Wall”.
Born in London, Rupert during his adolescence (this is incorrect, he was 4 years old)
came with his mother Maureen who, after separating from Scarfe, established herself in Amalfi and created another family.
The final farewell to Rupert tomorrow, Saturday 7th February, with funeral rites a noon in the Cathedral of Amalfi moving from the house of the Deceased in Piazza Municipio.
The Vescovado shares the pain of the family and wishes to express his deepest sympathy.


5 thoughts on “further tribute to my son

  1. Hi Maureen,

    I just heard via your blog about Rupert and I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am. I only met him briefly, when he came along to WOW that time, but he was a really lovely chap. I hope you’re getting all the support from family and friends that you need.

    With love,

    Michelle xx

    • Hi Michelle,
      I’ve just seen your message because I’m planning to put on a piece of writing that I think we heard
      that time at WOW – and I’m keeping him alive!
      thank you so much for writing to me; yes, I’m getting support but people here tell me to ‘come along
      any time’ but it would be so much easier if a day were given – don’t like to turn up other than with
      friends I’ve known for a very long time. Having quite a struggle, but doing my best to keep myself ‘up’ – fortunately I’m a positive person and know I have to get through this.
      Might you be back at WOW some time?

  2. Maureen I au paired for you in the summer of 75 I think, it was the year you had been unwell and were not working. By sheer chance I was sitting in the local pub tonight talking about that glorious summer and your beautiful boys. I “googled” you and came across the tragic news about Rupert.
    He was a golden boy and helped me enormously as I navigated my first experience in Italy.
    My thoughts are with you .

    • Carol, I’m tickled pin k to hear from you! – have often wondered what part of the world you’re in now, so delighted to have ‘found’ you again.
      I remember your year very well – you came home once from a walk with Ru and told me some guys had whistled at you and he’d turned round to tell them off then told you – ‘you’re safe with me Carol’. we had a good time didn’t we? whereabouts are you now? I’m in Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds – on my own, never found a good man, which makes losing my boy all the harder because we were always so close. Vincenzo is in Ravello, has two daughters and is good to me. Do you have a ‘phone number? of course you do. Let’s keep in touch please. lots of love, Maureen

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