He still wears his grandfather’s wedding suit which is almost 120 years old
We should not be consumed by materialism. It is good to put something away for a rainy day although, as the saying goes, we are all dead in the end. Sometimes an item from the past can put a smile on our face and can bring back a flood of memories as soon as we come across it. It could be an item which might remind us of our loved ones who are no longer with us.
Apart from the photos and number of letters he has collected over the years, John Cilia from St Paul’s Bay still has the wedding suit which belonged to his grandfather Wistin. However, John has not left this suit on the shelf. In comments he gave to tvm.com.mt John said that if a special occasion crops up when he needs to dress elegantly, he wears the suit in which his grandfather got married. He estimates that the suit he inherited is over 120 years old, since his grandfather got married in 1907.
Although the suit is old, John says that the jacket and trousers are in perfect condition and it has never been moth-eaten. John added that he sometimes decorates the suit with one of the medals which his father received when he was with the Royal Malta Artillery. Among these is a medal given to his father by the British Governor Sir Robert Laycock.
At the age of 83, John, whom everyone knows as Johnny, is still very active. His youthful smile is always there. His sweet character, for which he is known, charms everyone he meets. Every day, he keeps himself extremely occupied. He goes for a walk, goes swimming and does every sort of odd job which needs doing.