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Gozitan writer, folklorist and poet, Anton F. Attard passes away

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Gozitan writer, folklorist and poet, Anton F. Attard passes awayLast night, Gozo lost a patriot, benefactor and historian, with the death of Anton F. Attard, aged 75 – he was born and lived in Victoria

Attard was also a writer, translator, folklorist and poet. Just this April a new book of his poetry was published about Gozo and the Gozitans entitled – Mkejjen il-Gmiel f’Ghawdex u Poeziji Ohra.

Some of his other activities included – Member: Gozo Cultural Committee (1977 – 1987; 2004- ); Malta Society of Arts Manufactures and Commerce; Malta Historical Society; Leone Band Club and Aurora Theatre; G. W. U.; Akkademja tal-Malti; Administrative Council, Gozo Cathedral; Philatelic Society, Gozo; Philatelic Society Malta, Circolo Gozitano, and others. He also served on several other Government Committees.

The Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana has sent her condolences to the family of Anton F. Attard.

The Gozo Diocese has said that his funeral Mass will be on Thursday, the 26th of July, at 5.30pm, in the Cathedral.

Photograph: JJP Zammit – Gozo Diocese

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    2 Responses

    1. John Zammit says:

      Farewell, my friend. Rest in Peace.

    2. Lino DeBono says:

      Anton and myself are of the same age and attended kindergarten – primary & secondary schools together. Anton was one of the quite ones – kept to himself but always had his head in books or writing on a piece of paper.

      From the early days he always was way ahead of one and all in the Maltese Language. Sometimes more informed on the subject than the educator was.

      Anton succeeded in several aspects in life. He was an educator – Government Official in high places – Union Man – a Literary expert in Maltese and a vast knowledgeable researcher. Last years he was always at the Gozo General Library buried in Books & Newspapers.

      He was also a newspaper correspondent – a writer and also a poet. He used to hold interesting and informative T.V. programs about Gozo – the nature and historical.

      Gozo has lost a gentleman and a most experienced historical Gozitan researcher.

      May God bless his soul.

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