‘Blackie’ hailed as a man of integrity

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‘Blackie’ hailed as a man of integrity
Former top athletes Harcourt Wason (left) and Mike Gaskin leading the casket bearing the body of Frank Blackman into the James Street Methodist Church. (Pictures by Kenmore Bynoe.)

Champion track and field coach Frank Eric Blackman has been hailed as a man of integrity whose deeds will live on forever.

Delivering the sermon at the funeral service of the revered coach, Reverend Derick Richards said Blackman made a massive contribution to sports in Barbados that will stand the test of time.

Before a congregation at James Street Methodist Church yesterday morning that included four Olympians – Harcourt Wason (1976), Rawle Clarke (1976), Freida Nicholls (1972 and 1976) and Alvin Haynes (1992) – Richards said Blackman exemplified what he professed.

Wason, who described Blackman as “a man among men” was a pallbearer, while Nicholls read the second lesson.

Richards said that whatever people do, they must do to the best of their ability, adding that Blackman was a firm believer in giving 100 per cent for the right reason.

“There was one word that was consistent in all the persons that I spoke with concerning Frank, and that one word was integrity. Each of them said to me, Frank was a man of integrity. He wanted the best for people, he wanted to see people achieve. (MK)

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‘Blackie’ hailed as a man of integrity
Frank Blackman’s widow Margaret being consoled by son Kirk. At right is daughter Ingrid.