Just received this lovely tribute from Kate Tarratt Cross and Patrick Boucard, the founders of FOSAJ which, as you all know, is the organization that Flo directed in Jacmel.
It is with great pain and sadness that we received the news of the death of Flo McGarrell in the earthquake that devastated Haiti.
Flo devoted himself to the artist community and the people of Jacmel. He first came to FOSAJ on a residency programme in 2006 and kept coming back regularly to help. In particular, he made a huge effort with the launch of the first Jakmel Music Festival in 2007. Flo took over the direction of FOSAJ in 2008 and immediately started putting his own stamp on the foundation’s work. Through his vision and dedication he implemented powerful ideas such as innovative eco-programmes from solar energy to agricultural methods with particular emphasis on ecological issues. Through this he helped the people of Jacmel and surrounding areas to become self sufficient while contributing to the development of such artistic practice. Fundraising for and running a foundation in Haiti is extremely challenging, but Flo poured himself into it with abandon and love.
Flo will be missed and the people of Jacmel and the area have suffered a great loss. His memory will always remain in our hearts. We would like to extend our sympathies to Flo’s parents, who had been extremely supportive of Flo and of the FOSAJ project.
Flo you are one of the most amazing people we have ever had the pleasure to share time with. Just as the centre was taking such a positive turn this tragedy struck. It seems so unfair. Rest in peace but may your spirit remain.
Kate Tarratt Cross & Patrick Boucard (FOSAJ Founders)