Albert Storace writes:
Still too recent a blow for it to register fully, I could not wait any longer to express my appreciation of a long-standing, true and loyal friend of 40 years. For such was Eric Cordina, whose unexpected death shocked and surprised all those who knew and loved him.
There are indeed many of the latter, from the family he loved so much to a wide circle of friends who will surely miss him.
Eric was unique and irreplaceable and we shall always miss his smile, his jovial disposition, his ability to make us laugh.
Indeed, being in his company meant never a dull moment and a guarantee that he could and would keep one in stitches. He was fun, a social animal in the best sense of the word, the life and soul of a party.
He maintained his sense of humour even in the most fraught circumstances such as the life-or-death operation five years ago, since which he had carried on bravely, joking about certain aspects of his condition which much to the relief of all had stabilised.
All this does not mean that he was not capable of showing a deeper and more serious aspect of his character, something which made him more likeable to those who knew him very well.
This explains why his death came as such a blow to all of us. The Lord wanted otherwise.
Eric was a deeply religious person and when after that operation he was well enough to travel, he went to Lourdes .
He told everybody that he did not want a miracle but just wanted to thank Our Lady for having survived the operation without which he would not have lived more than a few months.
Eric was kind, compassionate, considerate, generous, also an example to many.
Besides he was a man of good taste too. It is hard to carry on knowing that we could no longer enjoy his company and his warm personality.
As a co-celebrant said during the funeral Mass, we have to let him go and give thanks for the years during which we knew him.
Thank you Eric for being part of our life and may you rest in peace in that better place where you are now.
I am certain that together with your still grieving family and friends we shall never forget you.