A tribute for Malcolm Galea

Malcolm Galea, Phil Scotton and Tim Newman
It was with greatest regret that Vision has recently lost one of our most treasured friends. Malcolm Galea was first and foremost a dear friend, a fellow Paralympics Ceremonies volunteer performer, a bass singer in our choir and also served as the Treasurer and acting-Chair on Vision’s Committee.

Malcolm passed away on Saturday evening, 10th May after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in February. He spent several weeks in hospital and seemed to be making good progress after an operation in March and was looking forward to returning to singing with Vision. He was recuperating at home but sadly his health took a turn for the worse after Easter and he was rushed to hospital last Thursday with a suspected infection. He was found to have an aggressive tumour on his liver and passed away just 24 hours later.

At our last rehearsal on Thursday 15th May, our choir held a one-minute silence in honour and loving memory of Malcolm. Phil Scotton, our founder and Committee member, gave a touching speech in his memory:
“I remember the last meeting we had, he sat next to me and said “Phil, I really don’t know what I’m doing here. I’ve never sung before really and I’m now singing in a choir. I’m looking after our money, I'm the acting-Chair, but I enjoy it. I really really enjoy it. It’s fantastic.” Yet he was full of it. He was confident at what he was doing and was very good at what he was doing. He was truly an amazing guy and he will be sadly missed.”

Malcolm’s family has kindly shared the funeral details with us and would like to invite his fellow Vision and Paralympic
Ceremonies volunteer performers to attend. His family has asked that anyone who wishes to send flowers instead donate to a Justgiving page set up in Malc’s memory. All proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK.

The funeral will take place at 11am on 27th May at Eltham Crematorium, Crown Woods Way, London SE9 2AZ. This will be followed by a wake at the STC Club, Ivor Grove, New Eltham SE9 2AJ, from 12.15 onwards. All welcome.

Nearest station is Falconwood.  South Eastern trains from London Bridge.

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Finally, a word from our Committee Chair Angela Taylor, “Malcolm leaves a great gap in our committee – with his measured and wise decisions, and leaves an even bigger hole in terms of the friendship, personality and humour he injected into our Vision nights and events. God Bless him and R.I.P Malc. We will miss you enormously.”

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