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ARPINO Gaetano – Charles 1913-2000

Gaetano  or Charlie as he was known, was the son of Angelina Quiliettand Giovanni Arpino.

Charlie's line

Charlie was born in the year 1913.      On 6th August 1936 he married Alice Aitken who lived in Pencaitland.   As you can see she worked on a farm in the area at the time of their marriage.


 They had four children.   Angelina Gaetano Arpino born  was born in 1938.  As you can read below she was a premature birth and only lived for a few hours.

Death of Baby Angelina Gaetano ARPINO


Janet Arpino died age only 5 weeks

Janet Arpino died of whooping cough

Daughter  Frances Palma Arpino was  born 1943,

Charlie’s  grandson John Fairgrieve remembers him with great affection and remembers the times he spent with him during the long summers when he was on holiday from school.  His grandparents would look after John and they spent many hours walking in the countryside around Ormiston.   Charlie would talk about his great passion, his motorbikes.   He was,  like his own father,  a great lover of the Harley Davidson and he was indeed the very first importer of the machine into the U.K.

Harley Davidson vintage 1936

Mary Hunter also recalled when Charlie was very young, he ‘borrowed ‘ his father’s Motorbike for the sole purpose of entering into a race.  It was a real shock to John Arpino when he opened the evening paper the following day to see his son’s photograph spread all over the Sports-page as the winner of the race………..

John Arpino, who had taught the young Charlie  how to ride the bike had no knowledge at all that his son was in fact borrowing the Harley Davidson on  many occasions when his father was working or sleeping.  Charlie would ride  the machine around the area of Pathhead and Ormiston showing off to his friends.

Charlie Arpino with his sister Mary
  • ANGELINA GAETANO  ARPINO was born soon after the death of her namesake sister .   She married twice.  Her first marriage was to………….  
  • Her second marriage was to Peter Fairgreive who  was in the Royal  Air Force.
  • They had three children  John Fairgrieve who was born in the year 1966.  John married  Angela, a girl of Irish descent.   He is also in the R.A.F.    They have two children, one son and one daughter.  John is very interested in his heritage and has been in touch with Helen regarding his family tree.  We welcome him into our ever growing family.
  • They had a son Martin Fairgrieve who was born in 1963
  • They had a daughter Angelina Fairgrieve born in 1967.  Nice to see the name of Angelina lives on in her descendents.
  • JANET HUNTER born in 1940 but also died soon after her birth.
  • FRANCES PALMA ARPINO was born in 1943.  She married on 18th December 1965 toWilliam Ian Mackay who was an Electrical Welder.    They had two sons.   Frances worked in the Edinburgh Evening News Offices.   She remarried in later life
Charles Arpino died in 1990 and his wife Alice Aitken in the year 1988

a snapshot of the line from John Fairgrieve back towards his Italian roots

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