Luca’s family ice-cream star Tino dies at 91

Tino Luca. Picture:  Kenny Smith

Tino Luca. Picture: Kenny Smith

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THE man who help establish the famous Luca’s ice-cream brand in Edinburgh and the Lothians has died at the age of 91.

Tino Luca oversaw the production during its golden years after returning from the Second World War, where he fought in Italy.

He acquired the first name Tino as an abbreviation of Costanzo, and the surname Luca after his father’s first name, which was far easier to pronounce for non-Italians than his actual surname.

At Musselburgh Grammar School, the young Tino was known for his strength and physique and latterly became a prominent member of the school rugby team.

Even as a boy, he worked in the family ice-cream business and learned to drive at an early age. With the help of his large extended family, Tino raised his two daughters after his wife died early, and absorbed himself in his workshop when he had any time to himself.

He enjoyed good health but suffered a heart complaint in later life, which did not deter him from working until he was 88.