SIR HANNIBAL Publius Scicluna, (above), the Maltese historian and lawyer, and oldest surviving knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, died on December 21, aged 101.
One of Malta's most distinguished public figures, Sir Hannibal worked on his books almost till the end. When he celebrated his 100th birthday, the former Archbishop of Malta, Sir Michael Gonzi, then 94, said a Mass of thanksgiving.
Sir Hannibal was born on February 15, 1880, at St Martin's, Malta, and educated at St Ignatius College and the Royal Malta University. His forenames recalled the reign of the Carthaginians and the Romans over Malta.
Among his appointments was that of Legal Secretary of the Malta Government and president of the Malta Committee of the British Red Cross Society.
He was appointed a chevalier of the French Legion of Honour in 1950 and was knighted in 1955 for public services to Malta.