Vale Lino Vella AM,MQR– 1936-2022

Vale Lino Vella AM, MQR  —  1936-2022

Lino Vella, the editor of the Maltese Herald, top footballer, exemplary community leader and family man loved by those that crossed his path lost his battle with cancer on Saturday 15th January 2022 at his home in Blacktown NSW at age 85.

He left the Maltese community the Maltese Herald, a lasting legacy that chronicles the life of our community for 52 continuous years. Lino was the owner/editor for 42 long years, perhaps the longest journalist to have held such a position.

Lino was born at Rahal il-Gdid the eldest of five sons and three daughters but lived most of his life at St Julian’s. He migrated to Australia in 1954.

His English wife Barbara died in July 2003. They have a son Paul and a daughter Annette. Lino was awarded the Australian Medal (AM) by the Federal Government of Australia in January 1999 and Gieh ir-Repubblika by the Malta Government in 2011.

Lino was one of the founders of The Maltese Welfare Group in 1977 and remained a member until his death. We extend our deepest condolences to his family.  Lino will be missed.  Rest in Peace.