On Thursday afternoon at 14.15 the hearse carrying the coffin of President Dr. Ċensu Tabone arrived at the Main Entrance of the Palace, Valletta.
The funeral cortege left the Tabone residence in St Julians’ at 13.30pm this afternoon and passed through the streets of the town where he lived and then make its way to Valletta though Sliema, Gzira, Ta’ Xbiex Imsida, Pieta`, Hamrun Blata l-Bajda and Valletta down Republic Street.
From 13.00 to 19.00 the body of President Censu Tabone lay in state at the main entrance of the Palace, Valletta. The first to pay his respects was President George Abela followed by Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi. A Labour Party delegation led by Deputy Leader for Parliamentary Affairs Anglu Farrugia also paid respects to the former president.
On Friday President Tabone’s body will lay in state from 9.30 to 13.30 and from 15.00 to 19.00.
On Saturday the funeral cortege will leave the Palace towards the Co-Cathedral of St John’s where a mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Paul Cremona.
After the mass the funeral cortege will leave for the War Monument at Floriana through Merchants’ Street and Castille Square then down Glormu Cassar Avenue.
As he will be buried in Gozo, the funeral cortege will then continue towards Marfa through Floriana, Pieta`, Msida, Gzira, Sliema, St Julians’, the coast road to St Paul’s Bay and Mellieha. His coffin will leave Marfa at 14.15 to arrive at Mgarr, Gozo at 14.35. A funeral cortege will proceed towards Victoria.
He will be buried in the cemetery of Victoria where only the family will be in attendance.
Flags will fly at half mast from today till Saturday.
Wednesday: Former Maltese President Censu Tabone has passed away, aged 98.
He was the fourth President of Malta as well as a former minister. He entered the University of Malta in 1930, where he graduated as a pharmacist in 1933 and as a Doctor of Medicine in 1937.
He treated the first wounded soldiers after the first air raid of World War II when he was stationed at Fort St. Elmo and had been close to being killed during one of the raids.
Censu and Maria had eight children, 19 grand-children and 24 great grand-children.
President George Abela said that President Tabone was a brilliant eye specialist who enjoyed the respect and love of his patients and he helped lots of people thorugh his profession. “He was a veteran politician who dedicated his life working for the ideals he believed in and served for many years as a member of parliament, a minister and a head of state and drew the admiration of many Maltese of different political beliefs.”
President Abela said that President Tabone was a family man “who practised the values that we would like to pass on to the young generations.“
President Abela said that most of his staff used to work for President Taboen and they are full of praise and sorrow for him. “He left a wonderful memory in the Presidential Palace as he fixed all the clocks in every hall.”
Labour leader Joseph Muscat expressed his condolences together with that of his wife and party to the family of Censu Tabone. He hailed him as a man who always served with humanity and humility in his professional and political career.
Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi also paid tribute to Censu Tabone for the service he gave to his country as a man of politics and medicine.
Alternattiva Demokratika said:” We mourn the death of President Censu Tabone, who distinguished himself as a politician with human qualities, who always remained close to the common people."