Scores bid farewell to Dr Frank Marshall

There was standing room only this morning at the Cathedral Church of St Michael and All Angles on St Michael’s Row, The City,  as family members, friends, leading members of the society and senior members of the Anglican Church and other denominations met to bid farewell to the late Dean Emeritus, the Right Reverend Dr Frank Marshall.

Heading the list of dignitaries was Acting Governor General, Sir Philip Greaves. Also in attendance were former Governor General, Sir Elliott and his wife; Prime Minister Freundel Stuart; members of Cabinet; Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson; former General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Sir Roy Trotman and current General Secretary Toni Moore.

In his sermon, Dean of the Cathedral, the Right Reverend Dr Jeffrey Gibson, described the late Dean as the consummate parish priest.

Dean Gibson recalled that as a young seminarian, the late Dean then priest-in-charge of St Stephen’s Anglican Church took him under his wings and assisted him in his development in the ministry.

“I thank God for the inspiration I received by his example. I am thankful for his contribution to my development in the ministry through the years. In addition to public worship in the church the places he took us, seminarians, ranged from private homes to several government institutions,” Dean Gibson said.

“As I celebrate that relationship with the late Dean, hundreds of parishioners and members of the general public can also attest to his contribution to their growth and their maturity in Christ. During his recent hospitalization, and since his death, people have spoken to me fondly of his influence on their lives.”

“Some have spoken of his involvement in shaping their own relationships, celebrating their marriage or the marriages of their daughters or grand-daughters many of whom he had christened,” Dean Gibson added.

He also noted that the late Dean made a significant contribution to the affairs of the State.

According to Dean Gibson, the late Dean served on many Governmental agencies and Non-Governmental organizations.

He said that the late Dean served on those Governmental agencies with an equal zeal to that with which he served his church.

Dean Gibson recalled that during the early 1990s when the country was facing serious economic challenges, the late Dean in association with other conscientious clergymen set the stage for further dialogue between Government and labour.

Dean Gibson recalled that out of these discussions a Prices and Incomes Protocol was established.

He said that the Social Partnership was birthed in the early 1990s through the efforts the late Dean and other conscientious clergymen.

Dean Gibson recalled that it was through the initiative of the late Dean that some bank holidays were used as occasions when the families of the Anglican clergy met and the children were able to call their seniors auntie and uncle.

Meanwhile, in his eulogy, nephew of the late Dean, Parry Marshall Jnr. described his uncle as a father in every sense of the word and a devoted family man.

Marshall recalled that his uncle never discriminated against anyone because he always saw people as the son or daughter of someone.

“His passion for family and this nation led him to assume the role of counsellor to students who found themselves in unfortunate situations. Dean Frank commenced his stint in this capacity at the Charles F Broom Primary School where he counselled several students who were experiencing some behavioural challenges.  He was also slated to assist in the same capacity with the Power of Choice Initiative launched at the school around that same time,” Marshall said.

He also recalled that his late uncle served as chaplain of the Barbados Workers Union and the Barbados Union of Teachers; Deputy Chairman of the Police Service Commission; supervisor of external examinations; chaplain of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados and official Chaplain of the Combermere School.

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