A few weeks ago Salustiano was presented with an honorary medal by the Town Hall, something he had previously declined. In his acceptance speech he declared:
... I want to end by emphasising how Benalup-Casas Viejas has allowed me to go deeper into its history, into that spider's web that has trapped me and given meaning to my life. I am totally convinced that in other places they would not have allowed me to do this. For this reason the award is not about whether I deserve recognition for doing what I love, it is a gift that I appreciate and value, from the people of Benalup-Casas Viejas who have my eternal and infinite gratitude.
The people of Benalup will surely return that eternal gratitude.
Salustiano Gutierrez leaves behind his beloved partner Juani and their two children, who earlier this week cast his ashes over the hills of his adopted homeland.
|Salus in his local bar, wearing his medal of honour|