Remiġ Sacco

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Remiġ Sacco
Remiġ Sacco.
(13 May 1922 - 31 December 2004) was a sports journalist and writer who worked mostly within Malta's Workers' Movement.

Early life

He was born in iż-Żurrieq on 13 May 1922 to Leonard Sacco u Francesa nee' Ellul. As a young boy he attended the local primary school and later studied at the Lyceum, De La Salle College, and the Dockyard Technical College, where he acquire diplomas in Electrical Draughtsmanship (1958) u Engineering Design (1968). Sacco work at the Dockyard for 25 years, mostly as an Electrical Draughtsman.

Journalism

Throughout the 1950s he was also very active on the sports desk for the Times of Malta and the various newspapers of the Union Press. He eventually established the newspaper Sport, and served as its editor, within the Union Press until 1966, when he joined the Rediffusion Group, working mainly in the Radio and Television News Division as editor for Parliamentary Affairs. In 1978, after national broadcasting was taken over by Xandir Malta, he became the editor of the programme guide and magazine Gwida.

Contributions to the Workers' Movement

His contribution to all publications of the Workers' Movement was extensive, beyond the newspaper sports pages. Besides political commentary he also wrote various humourous pieces for the satirical papers Il-Ġannett and Ix-Xewka. As an active member of the Workers' Movement he served as a long-term member of the General Workers' Union National Council, Acting Secretary of the National Association of Clerical & Supervisory Staff within the GWU, as well as member of the National Executive of the Malta Labour Party. He was also a member of the Maltese-Soviet Friendship Cultural Society, where he served as PRO, secretary and Vice President, at various times after 1975, visiting the Soviet Union regularly with Maltese groups.

Sacco worked closely with the Workers' Movement publishing house Sensiela Kotba Soċjalisti, which published some of his books, including Iż-Żurrieq Kif Għextu Jien: 1922-1945, Ix-Xandir f'Malta, L-Unjoni Sovjetika mir-Rivoluzzjoni and L-Elezzjonijiet f'Malta: 1849-1986.

Personal life

Remiġ Sacco married Theresa nee' Parascandalo at the Birzebbuga parish church on 21 October 1944. Together they had six children: Charles, Denise, Ninette, Leonard, Paul, and Frank.

He died aged 83 on 31 December 2004.