Source: Melita Historica : Journal of the Malta Historical Society. 11(1993)2(217)

Obituary Notice: Dr George Cassar, Ph.C., M.D., K.M., O.St.J.

Dr Cassar was born at Victoria, Gozo, on 25th March, 1901. His family still in Gozo, he stayed with relatives in Malta to attend St Aloysius College, Birkirkara, and afterwards the Royal University of Malta until 1928, to obtain his Ph.C. and M.D. He followed post graduate courses in U.K. for another year.

On 12th October 1933 he married Sabina Debono, and they had two sons and a daughter, who respectively graduated a Medical Doctor, an Architect and a Pharmacist.

Dr Cassar held several posts and had various duties with the Medical and Health Department, including those of Medical Officer and Public vaccinator. He worked on the National Service Medical Board during World War II. He was Life Fellow of the St Johnís Dermatological Society of London, Member of the Societŗ Italiana di Pediatria. Other duties were those of District Surgeon of St Johnís Brigade and clinical assistant of the Hospital for Sick Children of Great Ormond Street, London.

Dr Cassar was also a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Officer of the Venerable Order of St John, Officer Grand Cross of the Order of The Holy Saviour and St Brigida of Sweden and Knight of the Lateran Order.

For a long time he served on the Committee of the Agrarian Society, The Malta Horticultural Society, and was founder member of the Malta Philatelic Society.

During the latter years of his life, he hosted at his residence in St Christopher Street, Valletta, the committee meetings of the Malta Folklore Society of which he used to be president, and later Honorary President. Apart from Folklore as an interest, Dr Cassar also had at heart philately, local history and archaeology, antiques and melitensia. He died on 30th December 1991, aged 90.

Guido Lanfranco