Eliseo was a Confectioner and pastry Chef and he opened a ‘Swiss cafe’ in the heart of the High Street in Exeter. He called it ‘Depaolis’
Eliseo ran the shop in Exeter and opened another one in Exmouth, but during the 2nd world war the High Street in Exeter was badly bombed and unfortunately that included Eliseos shop. After the war the council took control of all the rebuilding and Eliseo lost his lease on the shop. Soon afterwards Eliseo returned to Switzerland leaving his wife and his son (my grandfather Enrico Depaoli behind)
Enrico and his 2 sisters Marina and Kitty continued on with the shop in Exmouth, but when my grandfather died in 1970, the family shop became no more.
Unfortunately I never had the privilege of meeting my grand-father, but my sister has told me stories of him and how he used to bake gingerbread men in the oven and tell her that they would come alive when cooked. He sounded a lovely man and now I want to continue where he left off……