Mateo Fistonić was the oldest living ethnic Croatian in Chile and passed away in his 104th year. He was one of the founders of the Croatian civic centre in Iquique in the north of Chile.

Mateo Fistonić Bucat passed away on Monday, the 17th of April. Born on the Croatian island of Hvar, he left his native Zastražišće in 1929 as a 16-year-old and moved to Chile.

Mateo Fistonić was the oldest living ethnic Croatian in Chile and passed away in his 104th year. He was one of the founders of the Croatian civic centre in Iquique in the north of Chile.

He travelled to Croatia in 1957 and 1998 to visit relatives. On his second trip he was accompanied by his grandchildren – the then 83-year-old grandfather had no trouble touring the walls of Dubrovnik.

He was a respected, honoured and loved member of the community and celebrated his 100th birthday party at the Croatian civic centre in Iquique. https://www.matis.hr/index.php/hr/novosti/1836-stoti-rodendan-u-iquiqeu

See more at http://bernardoguerrero.cl/mateo-2/

By: Ivo Fistonić