On the 8th July, 2006, while in Italy with his wife Amina at Le Grazie, near La Spezia, a 91 year old Franco Belgiorno-Nettis suffered a terminal stroke while repairing some flaking paint on a wall. His death was emblematic of the man's character: he worked up to his last minute and left us in a hurry. He ended his days in the land that forged his personality and nurtured his artistic imagination. His departure marks the close of the pioneering migrant period of Transfield in post-war Australia. He is sadly missed by Amina, sons Luca, Guido and Marco.