Henry Frendo writes:
Godfrey Grima was a uncommon independent-minded Maltese journalist, a free spirit with an ideal command of idiomatic English.
I first knew him as a columnist in Il-Ħaddiem, then printed at Veritas Press in Żabbar, however after I grew to become editor of Il-Ħajja, my workplace on the Catholic Institute was subsequent to his in Improvement Home the place I keep in mind introducing him to one in every of my very own columnists Oliver Friggieri, who grew to become an expensive good friend and neighbour of his.
Godfrey and I incessantly lunched collectively on the British. The final time I spoke to him was on the day of Oliver’s funeral, which he had watched from the balcony of his home. Godfrey was an expensive good friend of us each, as had been his spouse Mary Rose and Oliver’s spouse Eileen.
Considered one of his favorite nation haunts was ‘il-ġnien’, which belonged to the household and the place I keep in mind his father-in-law Oliver Agius portray.
When my contract with Il-Ħajja was terminated in 1971 by the Curia, Godfrey had organised a protest march wherein a whole lot took half with banners akin to ‘Frendo, McKinsey, Dimech’.
McKinsey was the consulting agency which had reported on the Curia’s secretive and mismanaged funds.
On Easter Monday 1971 my paper was the one one to breed their critiques within the Sunday Occasions and the Observer of London. Gonzi and Gerada had not preferred it one bit.
Godfrey was deeply offended when Mintoff tried to destroy him due to an goal information merchandise he had written within the Monetary Occasions in the course of the Anglo-Maltese dispute.
Nearer to our occasions, Godfrey, a member of the College Council, keenly supported the Institute of Maltese Research which I ran and on one of many boards of which he dutifully served.
To his expensive spouse Mary Rose and their solely daughter Julienne, of whom he thought so extremely and beloved a lot, my profound and really heartfelt condolences. There aren’t any phrases to precise this loss.
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