Béarn: former lawyer Jean-Pierre Casadebaig died

Married with two children, brother of the current mayor of Laruns Robert Casadebaig, Jean-Pierre Casadebaig did all…

Married with two children, brother of the current mayor of Laruns Robert Casadebaig, Jean-Pierre Casadebaig spent his entire career working as a lawyer. He was sworn in in 1977 to the bar of Pau, with a specialty in commercial law. But his work led him to defend hundreds of cases going well beyond this specialty.

The most striking, without doubt, his defense, alongside Me Gallardo and Me Sagardoytho, of René Marquèze – whom they had succeeded in having released -, the author of the shot which cost the life of Cannelle, the last Pyrenean stock bear.

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Lons: James Chambaud, the death of a builder mayor

Mayor of Lons between 1983 and 2014, James Chambaud, died this Friday at the age of 95. In more than thirty years of successive mandates, he transformed his commune to make it one of the most important in Béarn.

He also defended, among others, the interests of the Institut patrimonial du Haut-Béarn or of Jean Lassalle. He divided his professional time between his offices in Pau and Oloron, now taken over by his son Grégory. Jean-Pierre Casadebaig had passed the baton less than a year ago.

“He was the advocate for the mountains and the mountain dwellers” evokes, very moved, Robert Casadebaig.

Recognized lawyer, he was president of the bar from December 2006 to January 2009. And was on this occasion in the front line in the fight led at the time against the reform of the judicial map wanted by Rachida Dati.

Very attached to its origins

Jean-Pierre Casadebaig also did a bit of politics. He was deputy mayor of Laruns from 1989 to 1995, alongside André Fabre. Coming from an old Ossau family, fond of downhill skiing and mountain hiking, this Béarnais was very attached to his origins.

“I am Larunsois, Ossalois before being from Pau. Pau is the city where I studied, where I work and where I live. But my family ties, and for the most part friendly, are in the Ossau valley, in Laruns and in Pourtalet. My family has a hotel there where I go as soon as possible. It’s a visceral attachment” testified to us twenty years ago.

Today, it is his daughter Alexandra, who is in charge and who perpetuates the history of this hotel which is the highest in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques.

“Committed, passionate, simple”

“It’s a cruel start. He was a very serious man in his work. Who loved life, people, friends and especially his family” adds Robert Casadebaig. “He had a very rich life course, with multiple commitments. He was the eldest, the bedrock of the family. We had lost our parents quite young, we grew up together… He was a passionate and simple person” testifies the mayor of Laruns.

The funeral of Jean-Pierre Casadebaig will take place on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Laruns. Until then, he will rest at the Arudy funeral home, where he will be visible from 9 a.m. on Monday.

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