Popular bar owner passes away
The Diario this morning confirms the sudden death of Ricardo Sousa a well-known bar-owner in Funchal, who I was an acquaintance of mine over many years, and a friend of a number of readers of this blog. The owner of the bar ‘O Avö’, Ricardo Sousa, passed away yesterday.
The Diario describes Ricardo as “Widely praised for the art of hospitality, and an ardent supporter of Sporting and Lazio and of sport in general”. Born in the city of Durban, South Africa, he was the main face of Bar ‘O Avö’, located on Rua da Praia in central Funchal, which famously housed a vast collection of football club scarves – more than two thousand – which would have been greater had the bar not been badly affected by the floods of February 20th 2010.
Ricardo Sousa was also known for offering a meal to anyone who brought a scarf that did not appear in his collection. Respected by many, especially by Sporting fans, Ricardo Sousa is also in Madeira’s memory for a promise he fulfilled along with two other friends, on 18 May 2000, when Sporting became national champions after eighteen yeas. To mark the occasion they fulfilled a long-standing promise, leaving his bar and proceeding to walk barefoot to Terreiro da Luta in Monte.
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