It has already been one year since former Group Scout Leader John A. Mizzi, affectionately known as “Cubbie”, passed away following a short illness. On Wednesday 5th February 2014, the Group organised a mass in remembrance of “Cubbies” on the first anniversary of his death. All sections of the Group – Cubs, Scouts, Ventures, Rovers and their respective Leaders – were in attendance. Also in attendance were Victor Mizzi, his brother and Peter his nephew, neighbours, former scouts and parents.
Mass was celebrated by the College Rector, Fr. Jimmy Bartolo SJ, who very kindly allowed the Group to use the College Chapel for this occasion. During a short reflection on “Cubbie”, Fr. Bartolo SJ described “Cubbie” as a genuine example of a “Man of God” in view of his selfless dedication to others’ well-being.
During the homily, Group Scout Leader Edward Cassola and Mr. Victor Mizzi were given the opportunity of saying a few words about “Cubbie” as well as providing their own insight about what he really meant to them. GSL Edward Cassola described “Cubbie” as an individual who was able to “get the best out of everyone” and reminisced on his experience as one of Mizzi’s assistants in running the Group. Mr. Victor Mizzi, Cubbie’s brother, recalled how both siblings found themselves doing similar things even though they were living in different countries noting Cubbie’s involvement in Scouting in Russia. Mizzi recalled that Cubbie had “his scouts” close to his heart alongside writing and photography.
During the Prayers of the Faithful, “Cubbie” once again took centre-stage with most members of the congregation giving Thanks for having had “Cubbie”, or his influence, in their lives. Mass, which was animated by members of the Scout Group, progressed normally from thereon. John A. Mizzi may not be physically present among us anymore. The “old man who used to be around during weekly meetings and activities” is now being remembered by a bronze bust overlooking the area adjacent to the Group’s Headquarters where most activities take place during weekly meetings. His influence, contribution and reputation within Scouting have outlived him and will surely continue to be felt in the years to come.
Asst. Rover Crew Co-ordinator