The tribute of Bastia lawyers to Me Ursule Agostini-Terramorsi

The funeral of Ursule Agostini-Terramorsi, who wore a black lawyer’s robe from 1945 to 1988 and was president of the Bastia bar in 1965-1966, took place yesterday. Alongside members of his family, the current chairman, Me Jean-Benoît Filippini, paid him a vibrant tribute

It’s in the Citadel district to Bastiawhere she grew up, that yesterday the funeral ofUrsula Agostini-Terramorsi, a figure of the Bastia bar of which she was president in the sixties, who died these days in her hundredth year. His son, grandchildren, members of his family and friends were gathered in Sainte-Marie Cathedral to accompany him to his final resting place during a service concelebrated by Canon Pierre Pinelli and Father Jean- Philippe Pekle, and punctuated by sacred songs interpreted by the tenor Georges de Zerbi.

Speaking, one of Ursule Agostini-Terramorsi’s granddaughters paid tribute to her grandmother through some very touching words and anecdotes: “I remember those precious moments, of laughter, of joy, and those extraordinary stories that you told me. You will remember what you gave, what you did. What you offered, in other , will live again.”

Alongside her relatives, were present the members of a large family of which Ursule Agostini-Terramorsi was a part of from 1945 to 1988, that of the lawyers. Several of them, including former presidents of the bar, followed the ceremony, “in civilian clothes”. Only the current president of Bastia, Mand Jean-Benoît Filippini, wore the black dress, emblem of this profession. Quite a symbol. It was up to him to posthumously praise his colleague who was the second wife, after Mrs.and Clémentine Trani, to access the baton at the bar of Bastia (1965-1966). Mand Agostini-Terramorsi was one of the first women to dress as a lawyer in Corsica and became “an icon of the courts.”

“As life is curious sometimes, you were there for my admission to the bar and today I am here for your exit, as they say, as it was a story that has a beginning and an end with the life in the middle, pointed out M.and Filippini in a speech imbued with modesty and affection. “You were a lawyer at heart. Being a lawyer, in the very sense of the verb to be, was your deep nature.”

“He exhaled from you benevolence, an interior goodness, a human greatness”, has added the chairman, emphasizing his human and professional qualities: “You have done honor to the Bar of Bastia, and the Bar has come to say thank you for the person you have been and for the light you have brought to it.”

Born on September 19, 1922 in Bastia, where she spent part of her youth, but also a native of the village of Carticasi, Ursule Agostini-Terramorsi studied law in Lyon during the Occupation and, in 1944, part of the first promotion of the certificate of aptitude for the profession of lawyer (Capa). She was sworn in at the Bastia courthouse in January 1945. There she rubbed shoulders with big names from the bar: Jean Zuccarelli, Charles Cancellieri, Achille Raffalli, Tito Bronzini, Hyacinthe de Montera and the great Vincent de Moro-Giafferi. Her name remains associated with major cases such as the trial in 1978 of the tragedy of Bustanico which cost the lives of two shepherds and where she pleaded, as a lawyer for the civil parties, for the families of the victims.

Ursule Agostini-Terramorsi had also taken part in local political life. She served as a municipal councilor in Bastia and later served as deputy mayor in Furiani.

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