Tributes and condolences are pouring in following the death of Jesuit priest Lino Cardona, a former Italian teacher at St Aloysius.
Cardona, who died from COVID-19, is being remembered for sharing his love of the Italian language with his students, as well as for the nickname he was given by some of his students, Aunty Lina.
Jesuits in Malta confirmed his death alongside his history, education, and what led him to his vocation.
“On Monday, 26th October, 2020, after a swab, he tested positive for COVID-19 and taken to Mater Dei Hospital and put in the ITU as he was in need to be supported with a ventilator,” a Jesuits in Malta group announced today. “He passed away this afternoon. May the Lord grant him eternal rest.”
“You were good to me and to many of us as children at school. And now all we can promise is to keep your memory alive!” one former student said.
“A good man, an educator and a friend. It’s a great loss to us who knew him,” said another.
Cardona had been receiving treatment at Mater Dei Hospital after being diagnosed with the virus.
Shadow environment minister David Thake also posted about his memories of Cardona.