The beloved founder of Coastal Aviation, “The flying safari company,” Nicola Colangelo died in Fiumaretta, Italy, on July 24, 2017 at the age of 73.
Nicola is survived by Carolina Colangelo, his devoted wife; his mother, Delma Ventarelli; and his brother, Franco Colangelo. Nicola has also left behind an extended family of people he adopted along the way, who all shared his vision.
A leader, a friend, and a mentor, Nicola will be deeply missed. He was a real visionary man with exceptional intuition and a strong work ethic who always kept the well-being of his dear ones and his employees at the top of his mind.
Nicola was born on October 26, 1943, in La Spezia, to Delma Ventarelli and Giuseppe Colangelo. He married the love of his life, Carolina, in 1974. He came to Tanzania in 1965 and created what is now Coastal.
Nicola will be remembered for his drive to explore and build sustainable projects. His perseverance, aspirations, and work in conservation have placed a footprint in the industry, and have defined his legacy in the Tanzanian private sector. He will also be remembered for his generosity and the great role he played in advancing the lives of all those worked for him.
He has set milestones in many sectors of Tanzanian economic activities, among which are construction, transport, and the tourism industry. In his endeavors, he was always looking for innovation without forgetting the human factor.
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