Benny Pace laid to rest – Valletta FC documentation at his house

Friday, February 26, 2010, 14:23

The funeral of former Sports journalist and Sports administrator Benny Pace was held this morning at a well attended mass at the Valletta Carmelite Church.

Benny Pace's coffin carried amongst other by journalists Charles Camenzuli and Mario Meli

Benny Pace's coffin carried amongst others by journalists Charles Camenzuli and Mario Meli

Present to give their last goodbye were His Excellency President Emeritus Dr. Eddie Fenech Adami, PN General Secretary Paul Borg Olivier, Judge and MOC President Lino Farrugua Sacco, Charles Camenzuli President of Ghaqda Gurnalisti Sport and fellow journalist colleagues amongst others.

Benny Pace who passed away on Wednesday of this week in his residence in Valletta spent the last months of his life following sports as a supporter through the local media. His health condition deteriorated lately leaving him with no or few strength to make it to the National Stadium to watch his beloved Valletta FC team of which he was also General Secretary for more than a decade.

Present also for his funeral were ex Valletta FC players, Joe Caruana Curren former Valletta FC President, Dr. Herbert Messina Ferrante ex Sliema FC and MFA official, Dr. Carmelo Bartolo MFA Vice President, best friend Alfred Brown and his fellow colleague in the Malta Boxing Association Tommy Willoughby who had together with Benny initiated the first boxing bouts on the island.

In his sermon Carmelite Priest Fr. Martin Lia witnessed the love for Sports that Mr. Pace had in his life. He also revealed that Benny was loved by many in his sports journalistic and administrative career. can reveal that Mr. Pace has stored in his residence in Valletta a number of historical documentation of his time when he was a Club official. It is not yet know if the present Valletta FC committee will formally write to Mr. Pace’s widow to ask for these important documents and archive material to be returned. This website can also reveal that the late Mr. Pace had way back personally pledged his residence in Valletta for security with a local Bank during difficult financial times of the City’s Football Club.

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