Joined Oct 31 2008
Blacktown NSW Australia
Eric Henry Rizzo
I was born in Siggiewi Malta,worked as a bus Conductor on Sliema line and joined the Malta Police Force, but after four months I resigned, to emigrate with my family to Australia on the 8th April 1956. Married to Loreta Buttigieg from Qala, Gozo, Malta on the 19th April 1958.Loretta passed away on the 27th February 2009(RIP). I worked as a Shunter with the NSW Railway for two years and transferred to Sydney Parcel Department after an accident,Shunter is a very dangerous job. I worked in various jobs, but joined the NSW Railway as a Security Officer for two Years but left because of health problems and spent my last 30 years of my employment with Bonds Industrie at Wentworthville, NSW. I am enjoying my retirement.
Social life; I joined the Maltese Community of Western Subarbs, Blacktown NSW (La Valette social Centre Inc. Blacktown) in 1965. In 1967 I was a foundation Member of a new Assosiation, Maltese Citizen Blacktown NSW and I've served as Treseaurer and President. in 1976 the first Maltese Band in Australia was founded, and again I was a foundation member and first President. I have served in that Committee for 30 years in various positions, and still an active member of that Band.I was a member of Liverpool City Brass Band for 20 years and 10 years with Ashfield District Band. I had a short stint with Blacktown City Brass Band .I was a Delegate in the Maltese Community Council of NSW for over 30 years.
Awards; Maltese Community Council Award 1999
Maltese Welfare Assocation NSW. Quiet Achivers' Award 2003
Maltese Cultural Association NSW.Maltese Cultural Award 2005
Defence; I have served in the Army Reserve(CMF) from 1968 to 1976 with 17 Royal NSW Regimental Band.
I am also a Justice of the Peace in and for the State of New South Wales.