Raymond Campet, the owner of Falls Church French cafe La Cote D'Or, has died. He was 65.
The owner passed away after a brief illness. His wife posted a message on Facebook that reads, "It is with great sadness that I inform you that our dear Raymond passed away on Tuesday May 26 after a brief illness. Thank you to all our friends and customers who have assisted our family during this time. Raymond loved his business and his many clients so feel confident that he is watching over us...Raymond will be greatly missed."
A participant in Tom Sietsema's restaurant chat shared this remembrance today: "He poured his heart and soul into the restaurant, and he was the consummate gentleman and host. Ever the true Frenchman, I will always remember him busting around the restaurant while stopping for a sip of Bordeaux from time to time. He welcomed me and my wife to the neighborhood, as I'm sure he did for countless others. Rest in peace, dear friend."
The restaurant is closed today on account of the funeral services. Here is Campet's obituary in The Washington Post.