|Death: ||Oct. 9, 2005|
The Serra Cause has suffered the irreparable loss of one of its most ardent vindicators: Bartomeu Font Obrador, historian and distinguished son of Llucmajor (Palma de Mallorca, España). Dr. Font went home to the Lord on 9 October 2005. His wife Francisca Ana Salvà Janer, children Bartolomé, Antonio and María Isabel and four grandchildren survive him.
In 1959, Bartomeu Font received his master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona. Originally immersed in the field of archaeology, Font participated from 1957 to 1960 in various excavations in Mallorca and California. His lifelong research included that of Mallorcan participation in the colonization of North America.
Dr. Font, recipient of The Cross of Isabel the Catholic and the Golden Shield of Palma, was named Official Chronicler of the Ciutat (City of Palma de Mallorca) in 1966. In 1999, under the mandate of Palma's Gaspár Mut, Font was named Illustrious Son of the Ciutat in gratitude for his dedication for and literary works about the municipality. Author of numerous papers and books—including a nine-volume history of Palma de Mallorca, and works on Blessed Junípero Serra, the Convent of St. Bonaventure, Pare Gerónimo Boscana and Californiana—Font was for his entire life dedicated to history and archaeology.
Since 1968, Font maintained that Junípero Serra's work in California contributed heavily to the development of the popular state. Font went on to earn his doctorate with the thesis "Majorcan Contributions to the Knowledge of the Natives of California," a work that remains unpublished.
Font, co-owner of a travel agency, was a member of the Real Academy of History, the Real Academy of Bones Lletres de Barcelona and the Real Academy of the History of Mexico, and an honorary citizen of San Gabriel, California. Moreover, he was director of the Museu Fra Juníper Serra de Petra.
Serra advocates, when visiting Mallorca, found in Dr. Font an hospitable tour guide. Font, in turn, toured California on several occasions, making pilgrimages to all of the historic Franciscan missions—his favorite, Mission Basilica San Carlos Borromeo, where Blessed Serra is buried.
The two days following Font's death, Palma's City Council decreed two days of official mourning. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was offered for the repose of the soul of Dr. Font on January 29th in the Basilica San Carlos Borromeo at Carmel, California.
Carmel Mission Cemetery
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Record added: Jun 05, 2010
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Bartomeu Merry Christmas and May God Bless You and Your Family|
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God Bless You and Everyone in Your List of Supporters, Family and Friends. Thank you for your work for the Cause of Blessed Serra|
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