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Dominic Facchino

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Dominic Facchino (1909- ) founder of Mr Whippy

1909 Born in Birmingham the son of Enrico Facchino and his wife Mary

1911 Living at 22 Bartholomew Street, Birmingham: Mary Fachinni (age 34 born Italy). With her husband Enrico Fachinni (age 34 born Italy), Ice Cream and General Dealer - Employer, and their seven children; Raulfac Fachinni (age 8 born Birmingham); Ando Fachinni (age 10 born Birmingham); Lizzie Fachinni (age 6 born Birmingham); Esther Fachinni (age 11 born Birmingham); Lewey Fachinni (age 5 born Birmingham); Winnie Fachinni (age 3 born Birmingham); and Dominic Fachinni (age 2 born Birmingham). Also five boarders who are all listed as Organ Grinders and Ice Cream vendors.[1]

1933 Married in Birmingham to Muriel M. Hayes

1939 Listed as a Biscuit Manufacturer.[2]

1962 'The Hotel Kenilworth. one of the largest in Kenilworth, has been bought by [[Dominic Facchino|Mr. Dominic Facchino. the Leamington ice cream manufacturer at an undisclosed figure. Mr. Facchino. whose Mr. Whippy business was acquired by Mr. Charles Forte plans to re-open the hotel in the New Year restaurant with reduced residential accommodation.'[3]

1962 'Dominic Facchino, the man who built up the nation-wide "Mr. Whippy" ice-cream business has acquired the Midland Motor Sales Group, which has a number of garages in Coventry and district. Included In the group are the Coventry garages of Bridge Clock Motors, of Holyhead Road: Broadfield Motors, of Richmond Street and Seven Star Motors of London Road. Outside Coventry the group owns the Leamington Automobile Co. and Leamington Motors, Berkswell Motors and Stratrode Motors of Stratford Road. Warwick. Mr Facchino has acquired the whole of the share capital of the group, most of which was in the hands Of the executors or the late Mr Ernest Jones of Coventry.'[4]

1965 'Mr. Dominic Facchino, 54, is leaving the ice cream business to build up a string of car showrooms and garages.... "I am sorry to leave Mr. Forte but the motor business is growing so fast I must devote more time to it." He owns a chain of twenty garages in the Midlands and the North selling Austin. Morris. Vauxhall and Hillman cars.'[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 Census
  2. 1939 Census
  3. Birmingham Daily Post - Thursday 22 November 1962
  4. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 19 December 1962
  5. Daily Mirror - Wednesday 03 February 1965