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Ruthless in Felanitx

The largest and most imposing tomb in Palma’s Municipal cemetery houses the remains of Juan March Ordinas and his clan. The Palma cemetery is well worth a visit and once there, you might as well have a look at the March mausoleum for its sheer magnitude and the cleverly hidden modesty. I would also recommend you seek out the catacombs at the same cemetery.

I live in Felanitx. The largest crypt in our local cemetery (see photo) is unmarked and not easily identifiable. It is said to belong to Antonio Fontanet Obrador, born in Felanitx in 1919. Felanitx is a place that seems to alienate quite a number of its offspring, Don Fontanet being one of them. It would appear that he has not been back to visit his birthplace in over 40 years, nor has he been in contact with any of his siblings. Only two of them are left now; once there were nine. The prodigal son is the proud proprietor of a string of big name Mallorcan companies, such as Fábrica de Harinas en Felanitx, Harinas de Mallorca, Productos Fontanet, Piensos Piema, Auxam, Comercial Isleña, Graninvest, Café Rico, Matisa, Comacasa, Explotación de Granjas de Avicultura, Vacuno y Porcino, and so forth. I don’t know whether Señor Fontanet ever made it into the Forbes Rich List; he certainly is one of the ten richest people in Felanitx and one of the top 100 in all of Mallorca.

I wonder what the oligarch will do with all his dough when it is time to say goodbye. I don’t think there are any legitimate descendants. Oh well, none of our business, or is it?

The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain. The date: January 24th, 2012. The time was 17:24:33.

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February 2012


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