The Choir was absolutely devastated to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of 77 year old chorister Giovanni Mattia at his home on Friday 8th February 2013.
Giovanni, known affectionately by everyone as John was born in the southernmost part of Italy and emigrated to this country as a young man. Following the sad death of his wife Franca, a few years ago he joined our choir as a 2nd Tenor. Although he was only a chorister for just over two years, he immediately infected all of us with his constant smile and enthusiasm. Always in his choir polo shirt or fleece jacket, he attended just about every practice and concert in the short time he spent with us. His unbounded pleasure and immense pride on being part of our Choir were plain for all to see. Our performances of Nessun Dorma were a particular joy to John as a reminder of his Italian roots and his shared love of singing.
Although small in stature, often hidden from view in the ranks of the choir on stage, John captivated us all with his huge smile and even bigger heart. It is a privilege to have known him and he has left an immense gap in our midst. The photograph above shows John on the steps of the Welsh Assembly Building (the Senedd) on March 1st 2012 prior to our concert inside.
Our sincere condolences and thoughts go out to his son John, daughter Sarah, sister Emilia and all his family at this very sad and tragic time.
John’s funeral will take place in St Paul’s Catholic Church, Longcroft Road, Caldicot on Monday 18th February at 2-00pm and internment will be at Caldicot Cemetery.