Francisco Cardona-Bravo


FRANCISCO CARDONA-BRAVO died December 5, 2017 in Bath, England. He was born in Cali, Columbia to an eminent Columbian family. He then grew up in Montreal before moving to the USA to study first at Phillips Exeter Academy and then at Harvard. At Harvard, he was a member of Eliot House. After graduation, Francisco pursued a career in marketing at Richardson-Vicks Inc. and Levi Strauss & Co. in France, Germany, and finally England, where he remained, subsequently devoting himself to entrepreneurial ventures in real estate and retail apparel in London. Still later he became the proprietor of Waggon & Horses, an eighteenth-century inn-turned-public-house in Somerset; it thrived under his stewardship, which included hosting a concert series featuring local and international artists. He himself was an accomplished amateur pianist. The pub received a visit from Prince Charles in 2003 as part of a “The pub is the hub” national campaign. The bar manager at the pub while Francisco was landlord said: “Francisco’s circle of friends covered every continent and was as enormous as it was diverse”. In recent years he spent several months walking the stages of pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He leaves two sisters, Cristina Argaez and Eugenia D’Amelio.