Ramón González Fernández

Category: Philanthropist
Birth Date: In 1856 (†15th December 1925)
Birth Place: Ribadeo (Lugo)

Ramón González spent his childhood and youth in his native village. When he was still very young, he established himself in Argentina and worked as a merchant in Rosario de Santa Fe. At the beginning of the 20th century he got rich and returned to his native town, promoting the opening of several branches of the bank firm ‘Banco Español de Río de la Plata’ in Vigo and Santiago. When he travelled to Porriño and visited a friend of his, he met Corona González Santos. As he married her some years later, he established himself in Porriño until his death.

 Work & Activities

Ramón González financed the new temple of Porriño, which was inaugurated in 1913. He shared much money in Porriño and Mos to improve the citizens’ way of life, but his most important contribution was the whole financing of the City Council of Porriño, which had been designed by the architect Antonio Palacios. He also gave much money to Ribadeo, his native village, collaborating in the social and cultural development. He was a member of the society La Concordia and president in 1910. Besides, he was a member of the Athenaeum of Ribadeo, subsidising the classes and buying instruments for pupils. He also financed the acquisition of the theatre, collaborated in the festivities of the village in 1925 and gave an important amount of money to make the present market.

 Other Interesting Aspects

He was elected ‘favourite son’ of Ribadeo and was paid a great homage in 1922, in collaboration with the Athenaeum and La Concordia.