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Death of Michael Zammit-Tabona (LGB '68)

lundi 24 août 2015   (5 Comments)
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(Contributed by Simone Ray-Tabona)

Michael Zammit-TabonaIt is with great sorrow that, together with our brother's family, my sister, Anne Marie Cummings (LGB '63), and myself, Simone Ray-Tabona (LGB '66), inform you of the passing away of Michael Zammit-Tabona, FRCP ( LGB '68 ) in Cambridge, UK, on 16 August 2015, at age 65.

Michael died at his home within four months of being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. He was surrounded and cared for throughout by his loving wife, Christine, and their three beloved sons, Robin, Jonathan and Oliver, with excellent support from the health care services.

Born in Malta in 1950, with early schooling in Baghdad and New York, Michael spent over 10 years at La Grande Boissière. He was always a star student, running the Student United Nations in his final year. He  then went on to do his medical studies at Churchill College (Cambridge, UK) and Westminster Hospital, London, specialising in chest diseases.

Aside from a year of research at Vancouver Hospital, Canada, Michael remained based in England, eventually in a career coordinating research in various pharmaceutical companies. On retirement, Michael continued to work (pro bono) with Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, as a chest physician; he had a great doctor/patient relationship, and was doing work he truly loved.

Michael attended several school reunions, and contributed to the Ecolint chat site. His friends and classmates will no doubt remember his truly infectious smile and charm, his sense of humour as well as his brilliant intellect and wide ranging interests. We are blessed to have had him in our lives.

(Anyone wishing to contact the family can do so via simone.raytabona [at] gmail.com).

Comments...

Roger Murray says...
Posted jeudi 3 septembre 2015
I was very saddened to hear of Michael's sudden departure from this world and extend my heartfelt condolences to Simone and all his family. My good friend Zafar has expressed our loss in words that I cannot match. I will just say that I came to know Michael more since our time at Ecolint in the late 1960s through a group of mutual friends including Marianne Sidey (nee Velmans), Robin Dormer, Julia Halle and the late Lynne Polak. Michael was always a delight to see, a charming and erudite man; he regularly attended the London alumni chapter Escalade dinners. We will remember him at the next one this December.
Zafar Shaheed says...
Posted jeudi 3 septembre 2015
Just learned that dear Michael has left us. What a fine fellow...I knew him through students' United Nations activities, the debating society...then again, after school, Lynne Polak brought us together as young adults. Now her friend Mike can join her, where our Lynne went a little earlier, also due to cancer. Enjoy each other's company, dear friends. Condolences to those who are left behind.
Vera Narishkin Hart (Narishkin) says...
Posted mercredi 2 septembre 2015
Dear Simone - I did not know Richard, but you and I were classmates. I send you and your family my deepest and most heartfelt condolences, and am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Much love, Vera
Farifteh Robb (Hafezi) says...
Posted mardi 1 septembre 2015
I was in Michael's class in Pirmary School and Secondary School. I was a pupil at Ecolint from 1956-1965, and I remember him in my class from the 4th or 5th Grade. We were exact contemporaries - I am 65. I also remember his older sister Simone. Dr (Mrs) Farifteh Robb (nee Hafezi)
Peter D. Zohrab says...
Posted mardi 1 septembre 2015
Michael was one of my best friends at Ecolint, although I was only there for 3.5 years. I remember that he cheered me on on one occasion, which probably caused me to do better than I would otherwise have done in a 600 metres race (two laps of the field)! I have met him once since then, at an Ecolint reunion, and have had some email contact with him. Interestingly, my ancestors once lived on Malta, his homeland, in the nineteenth century, after becoming refugees from Iran. It is always sad when someone dies, and it is perhaps worth giving some thought to SENS, which aims to eliminate death from age-related conditions: http://www.sens.org/

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