The Festival of Busselton’s spirit effigy was first started by resident Vincent Trigali who passed away on April 9.ON a visit to his birthplace in Italy more than 30 years ago, Busselton resident Vince Triglia saw something he wanted to bring back to his hometown in WA.
And he did.
Mr Triglia was the creative mind behind the Festival of Busselton’s spirit effigy, and sadly he passed away on April 9.
During his travels in Europe, Mr Triglia saw a spirit effigy at a festival and thought it would be a wonderful thing to do for Busselton.
A spirit effigy is a figure used to mark the end of a festival and is based on a centuries old Italian tradition of building a spirit for the festival.
RIP to Busselton resident Vincent Trigali November 27, 1929 to April 9, 2016.
Festival of Busselton former president Bernie Masters said with the help of the Lions Club, of which he was a member, Mr Triglia and a team of volunteers produced a spirit every year.
“Finally, three years ago, Mr Triglia found the task to be too daunting and handed the job to the festival committee,” he said.
Each year for the festival, Mr Triglia spent weeks creating a giant papier-mâché spirit effigy, clothed and loaded with fireworks.
After the festival queen was crowned, he would tow the effigy down Queen Street on a trailer with his family and friends walking behind him.
The small group were accompanied by musician friends Vera Regan on the accordion and her brother Les Machin beating his drums.
The effigy was taken to the foreshore and lit up on a barge in the bay.
After a few years people began to notice the small parade and soon the group were joined by thousands of community members and tourists walking behind Mr Triglia and his effigy.
The spirit effigy lit up on the foreshore at the Festival of Busselton. Photo supplied by Bernie Masters.
Mr Triglia’s wife Marian said everyone thought it was the best thing for Busselton, but the best thing to happen for Mr Triglia was carrying the 2000 Olympic Torch through Busselton.
Nominated by a fellow Lions Club member Mr Triglia was chosen to carry the flame through town and his daughter Denise said he was honoured by the experience.
Mr Triglia was made a life member of the Lions Club in 2014 after 40 years of service and was awarded the club’s highest honour.
Vincent Triglia with his Lions Club Life Membership award.
At the time Mr Triglia said to the Mail, “It took me 40 years to get this, but I’m not in the club to get awards.”
The Lions Club of Busselton president Geoff Littlefair said Mr Triglia looked after club raffles right up to his recent illness.
He received a number of Lions Awards over the years with the most recent being a life membership.
Mr Triglia’s greatest passion came after retiring from a career as a painter when he joined the Woodturners Association of WA in 1997.
WAWA convener Dennis Haddon said Mr Triglia was an excellent contributor to the club and his work was used in a lot of raffles.
Mr Haddon said Mr Triglia could make grandfather clocks and made one nearly every year which was raffled for the Lions Club.
Mrs Triglia recalls her husband as having a great community spirit and always wanted to help people.
“He was so passionate about helping others who were less fortunate than him,” she said.
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