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Raúl & Michel Lupant Raúl
Raúl, Giannina Prorvenzali, and Nestor Garrido (AVS Board Members)
FIAV Display Line of Flags
Cristina Fernandez Alegria displays AVS flag
Buenos Aires ICV 21
Raúl Jesús Orta Pardo
Because I only get the news from Venezimbol once a week, I had not realized that our dear friend and founder, Raúl Jesús Orta Pardo, died tragically on Monday June 22. Raúl lived for Venezimbol and heraldry. I regret giving you this news and wish to continue with this forum, as he would have liked. To our beloved friend. A hug.
Dov Gutterman, Qiryat Haim, Haifa, Israel
Although, unfortunately, I never had a chance to meet Raúl in person, I used to call him often at home and we talked for hours. I'm happy to say his legacy will continue, in his memory, Maikel Arista-Salado of Cuba is creating a new publication called "Pro Signvm" and it's symbol will be a votive lamp done in Raúl's honor. Rafael Yates Sosa of Mexico, who coined the name, indicated that Raúl was a great source of knowledge and his enthusiasm seemed without limits. Raúl will be really missed.
Gus Tracchia, First Vice President of NAVA, Venezuela
Raúl was a vexillological pioneer in his country and a light for others to follow in their love for flags. He was very enthusiastic and extremely polite, always trying to help others in their study of flags. He was the driving force and soul behind AVS (Asociación Venezolana de Simbología), and he worked hard to make AVS a serious and rigorous vexillological association. He was always learning, always listening, while teaching and sharing his knowledge. His last article published in "Banderas" (SEV's bulletin), number 116, was about the seven star vs. the eight star versions of the Venezuelan flag, which truely described the situation in his country, where Raúl himself was having a tough time due to the political situation. He finally could not struggle any longer and passed away at the age of 50. I'm sure he would be proud to be remembered as first a good Catholic and a good vexillologist, and that's how I will remember him.
Jose C. Alegria, Gijón, Asturias, Spain
I had my first conversations by e-mail with Raul in 2002. We used to exchange opinions about flags of both Venezuela and Argentina. He was a kind person, and he was always interested in the family and personal side of his e-friends. I had the honor of being a witness of the FIAV ceremony in Buenos Aires in 2005 when Venezimbol become a full FIAV member. I will never forget the happiness in Raul´s messages when I sent him the photos of that ceremony. He was a great man and we will miss him.
Francisco Gregoric, President, Argentine Vexillological Association (AAV), Buenos Aires, Argentina
In 2005, on my way to Buenos Aires I visited Raúl in Caracas. I always remembered his welcome at airport. I saw him immediatly through the crowd because he was waiting for me waving a small FIAV flag. During the next four days we visited together, talking about flags and many other things. I enjoyed every minute of the visit; he was so warm and friendly. He was an heraldist and simbologist unequalled. He was enthusiastic and well-informed, and vexillology was his passion. He presented me to the AVS membership on that visit.
Later, it was Raúl who suggested that FIAV adopt medals, ribbons and pins to be presented to Laureates of the Federation and Fellows of the Federation (FIAV). He sent us illustrations, and his proposal was adopted at the Twenty-First Session of the FIAV General Assembly held during the 23 International Congress of Vexillology in Yokohama (Japan). Thus, we will never forget him and his contributions to vexillology.
Michel Lupant, FIAV President, Ottignies-Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium
in memorium ce 2010