Saturday, January 18, 2020

Piri Sciascia ONZM - Rest in Peace

I have known Piri Sciascia almost all of his and my 73 plus years. We were friends and playmates as pre schoolers, we both started at Porangahau Primary School at the same time and while I was only at Porangahau School for a couple of terms in the primmers Piri did all of his Primary Schooling there before going on to Te Aute College for his Secondary Schooling. While our paths did not cross socially very often from then we did meet on the rugby field when my school Central Hawkes Bay College played against Te Aute College in the period 1961 - 1963 and we always took the opportunity for a catch up.

After school we did not meet very often apart from bumping into each other in Waipukurau or when I made an occasional visit back to Porangahau which coincided with Piri being home and then with Piri living away from Hawkes Bay our contacts became even less frequent. Even so because the Sciascia family and my mothers family were always close I followed Piri's career, academic growth and considerable achievements with a lot of interest.

Piri was fine man who did his family and Porangahau proud and I am proud to say he was always my friend even though our contact was very limited to the extent of being almost non existent over the last 30 or so years.

8 comments:

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I was surprised to see there is no Wiki page for this gentleman.

pdm said...

Yes I was too Adolf - I did a bit of research, like you obviously did, before posting.

Piri was one hell of a good guy who never forgot where he came from.

Johno said...

Piri's passing did make the MSM eventually (stuff, RNZ)

Anonymous said...

The Sciascia family is of interest to those who think Maori are just Maori.

I knew Paul through the Malayan link, not Piri, but the European links were there for all to see.

Avril

Anonymous said...

Not used to this,sorry.

http://www.sciascianz.com/paul.htm

The Veteran said...

I commanded Paul in Malaysia & Vietnam. Bloody good NCO.

pdm said...

Paul has had health problems for a number of years Vet but I have no idea of the details.

The Veteran said...

Yep, that's my understanding.