Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Stonemason Raymond Garcia

In 1939, the father of Raymond fled the Franco regime and moved to Bram, in the south of France.  In Spain he worked as a stonemason, but in France, like all other refugees, he accepted all the work he could get;  make raffia espadrilles, do masonry and work for the local. He had to wait eight years before he was joined by his wife and their two young children aged 11 and 8. Raymond Jr was born a year later.
It didn’t take too long for Raymond Jr to follow in his father’s footsteps as a stonemason (despite studying engineering for a while, but in the period before 1968, he found it easy to drop out).
Raymond is always dressed in his bright red beret with an Occitan symbol pinned to it. Here he poses for the barbeque he designed to roast 50 ducks at a time. 


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