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The coffin containing the 500-year-old remains of King Richard III is carried after a service in St Nicholas Church. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

My father, and his father before him, and several fathers before him, were masons (notice the small “m”). You might call them “bricklayers,” but that would ignore an even greater talent – the ability to build stone walls that would stand tall for centuries, through the rigors of rain, wind, and even the occasional earthquake.


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