Hugo Chetcuti’s son Luke has pledged to continue his late father’s legacy “till my last breath”.
“Dad, I never imagined I’ll be posting something like this,” Luke Chetcuti said on Instagram in a post of himself, his son, daughter and late father. “This is a photo from Father’s Day of two years ago and it was such a happy time with all generations together. Dad, I made a promise to you that I will continue your legacy and this I will do till my last breath. You have taught me so much and I will put everything into my everyday life. You are physically not here but I know that in spirit you will always be watching over us, You were truly the world to me, my dad and my best friend. I love you now, always and forever, daddy, and I promise that I will continue building the empire you left us. RIP Daddy, till we meet again.”
Philip Fenech, a nightclub owner who witnessed the rise of Hugo Chetcuti in the 1980s, said Luke Chetcuti is well-placed to follow in his father’s footsteps.
“Hugo Chetcuti was a gentleman, always full of innovation and always ready to come out with new ideas and quick to adapt to new market trends and forces,” Fenech told Lovin Malta. “He was also donated a lot of money to charity and kept a lot of this unseen. It was his desire to keep his legacy going and from what I know of Luke, he is in a good position to see this through. Luke was brought up working with his father and some establishments were built on his ideas.”
Chetcuti, the owner of several well-known Paceville nightclubs and restaurants, died in hospital yesterday, six days after he was stabbed in the stomach outside one of his new business ventures. There has been an outpouring of grief across Malta at his passing.
Bojan Cmelik, a Serbian national who used to work at two of Chetcuti’s establishments, has been charged with his attempted murder but the charges will now be upgraded to murder.