The Żurrieq community and Maltese people active in the cultural field have expressed their sadness at the passing of George Sammut, known as tax-Xarolla, today.
“Heartbreaking news this morning,” Owen Bonnici, Malta’s Culture Minister, said today. “A person who truly loved culture and our historic tradition. Rest in peace George!”
Sammut was a very active person in the local Żurrieq community. He would often be found working as the curator of the Xarolla windmill and was beloved within the locality for his passion and dedication.
His daughter, loved ones and admirers left their tributes to the man
“Rest in peace dad. Thank you for everything you did with us. You will forever be in our hearts. We will love you forever,” his daughter, Mariella Sammut, said.
“So sorry to hear, he was the kindest man we’d ever known, may he rest in peace,” said a family friend.
“We’ve lost an encyclopedia on the windmill that you worked so hard for and gave everything for its historical value. I am sure we will never forget you, my friend,” said another friend.
Apart from his knowledge and dedication to the locality’s history, he was also known as a talented pianist in the Nigret chapel, and has been playing the accordion for over 60 years in processions organised by MUSEUM. He was also a radio presenter with Santa Katerina radio.
His funeral will take place tomorrow at 3pm at the Parish Church of Żurrieq.