It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing on 25 April of the Peruvian mining legend and philanthropist, Guido Del Castillo. The mining engineer ran a private mining company Aruntani Group.

Del Castillo has been an active member in the mining sector, promoting Peru’s industry on the global stage.

In 2018 he was named as an Honorary Fellow, by the senior management of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG). He was the first South American to earn this distinction.

Guido was also recognised as an important patron for Peru’s mining culture. In honour of his son, who died in a mining accident as an engineering student he created the Andrés Del Castillo Minerals Museum.

He was well known to many of our readers and attended LBMA conferences including those in Peru in 2014 and Barcelona in 2017.

It was my honour to have known and worked with don guido over these past 20 years. He was both passionate about his beloved country and the mining industry. Many an afternoon was spent in his company on his patio, drinking pisco sours and eating amazing seafood and at the same time he continued to teach me all about the history of Peru. The industry has lost a true gentleman and the country an avid proponent. I will miss him and those wonderful interlocutions.

Grant Angwin, President, Angwin Precious Metal Advisory Services