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Gharb Resident turns 100

Saturday 10th January Francis Cauchi the oldest resident of Gharb celebrated his 100th birthday. For the occasion the ‘Ghaqda Muzikali Vizitazzjoni’ played marches from the Gharb Parochial Centre up to his home which is found a few meters away from the square. Upon arrival of the band outside Mr. Cauchi’s home, Mayor David Apap together with Minister for Gozo, Hon. Giovanna Debono entered for a few minutes near Francis to present him a bouquet and a token.

Mr. Cauchi was born in 1909 and is the first resident who has succeeded to celebrate his 100th birthday. Francis was always an active person in the locality and infact from just the age of 18 he was a member of the first committee of the external feast committee. He was also a member of the Catholic Action together with Ta’ Pinu rector Fr. Joseph Portelli, Fr. Bernard Portelli, Richard Buhagiar, Architect Portelli, Sander Cauchi, Frenc Mercieca and also Francis Tabone. Francis also had the opportunity to serve as sacristan at the Gharb Parish together with Joseph Cauchi.

One of the first works carried out by Francis Cauchi was that of ploughing with the first big ploughs that were brought to Gozo in that days and with which he used to work day and night. Later he started working with the Government as a labourer and he also did wheat grinding as a part-time job.

When he retired from his job he took the responsability of playing the bells every Friday and he continued doing this job for 27 years. He took care also of the adoration of the sacrament on the first Friday of the month and on that day he also played the bells every hour. Later he also started playing the bells for the 7.00am mass but due to his health he left this responsability.

Today Francis does not go out and he spends his days reading and recounting the past times, both being his hobbies.

During the years he always found the help and support of his families especially his wife Maria who died around 10 years ago. Francis Cauchi has 15 nephews / nieces and 2 pro-nephews / nieces.
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