|Palermo|  Francesco Paolo Bontade

Born:  1914

Dead:  1964

Don Paolino
Francesco Paolo Bontade was the father of Giovanni and Stefano Bontade. He was the maffia boss of Santa Maria di Gesù and was one of the most prominent bosses of his era in Sicily. Don Paolino was present during the burial of Calogero Vizzini in 1954 together with Giuseppe Genco Russo. He was one of the men who carried the coffin (the picture above was taken during Don Vizzini's burial, Don Paolino is one of them). He began working as a farmer in the area and was introduced by his father in the Mafia and quickly became the leader. He died at the age of 50 in 1964 due to ill health. His son Stefano inherited the position as boss of the family. Stefano was murdered in 1981 in orders of Salvatore Riina during the second mafia war. They were important allies of Gaetano Badalamenti and Tommaso Buscetta. His other son Giovanni was killed in 1988 at the age of 42.

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