Lino Bugeja (1930-2017)

The Ramblers’ Association of Malta is deeply saddened to inform the public that its Honorary President Lino Bugeja has passed away.

Lino Bugeja adressing a crowd at Baħrija in 2009.

Lino Bugeja was born on the 10th of February 1930 at his beloved home town of Birgu, and would have celebrated his 87th birthday today month. He was one of the country’s most respected environmentalists, and was amongst the first to become concerned about the fact that access to the countryside was becoming gradually denied to the public. Lino had a notable career in education, but was also a renowned athlete, and one for whom the promotion of sport became a lifelong passion. In 2005, Lino Bugeja combined this love of sport with his desire to safeguard the countryside for public enjoyment, and founded the Ramblers’ Association of Malta.

Lino Bugeja’s historical and cultural erudition is widely acknowledged and his remarkable articles on Maltese newspapers were highly sought after by public. He was also the author of several significant books, such as ‘Vittoriosa, An Ancient City of Culture’, ‘AGON, Ġabra ta’ Studji dwar l-Isport matul iż-Żmien’ and most recently, ‘A Maltese Odyssey, The Historical, Artistic and Architectural Heritage of the Maltese Islands’. In 2013, he was honoured for his lifelong service to our country with the Midalja ghall-Qadi tar-Repubblika.

May he be granted eternal rest.

Alex Vella

President

Ingram Bondin

Hon. Secretary

On behalf of the committee of the Ramblers’ Association of Malta.

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