George N. Cassar of Gozo – An educator, writer and teacher

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George N. Cassar of Gozo - An educator, writer and teacherRemembering the life of George N. Cassar – “A few weeks ago, Gozo lost one of its benefactors, Mr George N. Cassar (8.6.1934-21.10.2017). Mr Cassar, who lived in Fontana but hailed from Victoria, will be remembered as a much loved teacher, educator and writer.

George was a gentleman in the true sense of the word; reserved but always ready to help, economic in words, but straight forward and to the point.

I will always remember him as the headmaster of the secondary school which I attended from 1989 to 1994, the Ninu Cremona Junior Lyceum. George was approachable, smart and friendly; at the same time there was a certain aura about him which made him respected by all those who knew him.

His love for the Maltese language radiated out of his writings even though he was not a prolific one.

George N. Cassar was born in Victoria, Gozo on the 8th of June 1934 the son of Melchiorre Cassar and Marcella Mizzi, both of Victoria.

He studied to become a teacher and educator. Throughout his life he served in various places. He was President of the La Stella Philharmonic Society of Victoria from 1980 to 1982.

George served as headmaster of the Ninu Cremona Lyceum Complex from 1986 to 1991 and from 1994 to 1995. In 2009 he published a book of essays entitled Zmien il-Hsad, a book dedicated to his grandchildren Nikola, Damjan and Pawlu.

He always insisted with his own son and daughter that they should give their own children Maltese names, such was his love for his native language. George passed away on the 21st of October 2017.

George Cassar is survived by his wife Maria née Ruggier, and their three children; Marcelle, Jean Mark and Marie Claire.”

Fr Geoffrey G Attard,


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    1. Lino DeBono says:

      George Cassar was not only a likeable person but above all a gentle man. I knew him in his father’s shop selling sweets to school children in Vajringa Street. As a Boy Scout and playing football as a Centre Forward with the Oratory Youths, Together with others George was one of the Organizers to help in organizing the first Dance at the Duke. I remember distinctly dancing waltz with his future wife, with her parents watching us like a hawk.

      George was an exemplary husband and father, He was liked by one and all whenever he went or had contacts with. He also tried his hand in writing.

      To George’s wife and children and grandchildren, his brothers and families, I & my Wife sent our heartfelt condolences. May he rest in peace.

    2. There has to be a better way says:

      He was a real Gentleman May he rest in peace.

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