Hundreds of mourners turned out to bid farewell to Coalisland’s Frank Gervan MBE, at his funeral on Wednesday.
The 69-year-old, who first set up Clonoe Boxing Club along with his wife Susan in 1972, has trained boxing champions and fostered hundreds of children down through the years.
The couple were included in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2013 for services to the community.
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More recently they started a campaign to try and save their 40-year-old boxing club when news emerged that the premises they used would no longer be available.
Former world champion Barry McGuigan tweeted: “So sad to hear of FrankGerven’s passing, one of life’s gentlemen who help so many young people realise their potential #RIP”
Conrad Cummings said: “Saddened of the passing of Frank Gervin, my first boxing coach/head coach of Clonoe ABC. A true gentleman and ambassador for boxing. #RIP.”
So sad to hear of FrankGerven’s passing, one of life’s gentlemen who help so many young people realise their potential #RIP - Barry McGuigan