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Mauro Ferrari

The president of Italian ride manufacturer Preston & Barbieri, Mauro Ferrari passed away recently at the age of 63. His funeral took place in Reggio Emilia on March 5.

Described as “a valuable employer and a charismatic president of the Fun Italian Export consortium,” Ferrari was also be a shy and reserved character, thoughtful of others. Peers also noted his poignant humour: “A bit English but with Italian vivacity.”

In Reggio Emilia he presided over a company that is now one of the industry’s largest producers of small to medium size rides and attractions, manufacturing everything from carousels and bumpers cars to newer hits such as the Splash Battle. In recent years Preston & Barbieri acquired the assets of rollercoaster and water ride manufacturer L&T Systems, making it a “one stop shop” for many park operators and travelling showmen.

Mauro Ferrari leaves a wife, Ophelia Wong, and three children, Francesco Francesca and Antonio.

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