With the death of retired Dean Frank Marshall, the Anglican Diocese of Barbados has lost an outstanding priest and the country a model citizen, says Anglican Bishop of Barbados and Archbishop of the West Indies Dr John Holder.
Marshall passed away at his home early Monday morning at age 71.
This follows his retirement on November 30, 2015 as Dean of the Cathedral of St Michael and All Angels.
Holder told Barbados TODAY that the church as a whole was saddened by the news of death of the senior cleric.
Recalling that Marshall was ordained to the Christian ministry back in 1969, the Bishop said he gave 46 years of good service to the diocese in which he touched and shaped many lives.
He also said Marshall possessed a common touch and showed deep concern for those in his personal care.
“His appointment as Dean of St Michael Cathedral was an indication of his possession of the many pastoral skills developed over the years. These pastoral skills made a great difference in the ministry of the Mother Church of the Diocese,” Holder said, while expressing condolences on behalf of the Diocese of Barbados and the Church of the Province of the West Indies to Marshall’s wife Beverly, his children Paul and Claire, his siblings and other relatives.
Dean Jeffrey Gibson who succeeded Marshall on February 1, 2016 as head of the Cathedral remembered him as one who was never afraid to represent causes which he thought were just.
Stressing Marshall’s commitment to the church, Gibson said: “Dean Marshall was a dedicated parish priest who loved Christ, his church and the people who were assigned to his care. He always demonstrated a zeal for the ministry in general, a passion for the pulpit and an enthusiasm for worship centred at the altar.”
Gibson said clergymen had benefited from Marshall’s experience, wisdom and knowledge over the years, adding that the church and indeed the nation were poorer for his passing.
In his tribute, former Principal of Codrington College Canon Professor Noel Titus remembered Marshall as one who displayed a love for learning and strove to broaden his knowledge and sharpen his skills.
He also said Marshall stuck to certain ways of doing things, and did not easily sway from his position if he thought he was right.
“He was meticulous in ensuring that things were done properly,” Titus added.