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White outfit, Dovecot burial - Frankie Paul's wishes to be respected at June 10 funeral

Published:Friday | June 2, 2017 | 6:00 AMMel Cooke
Frankie Paul performing at Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest 2007 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James.
Frankie Paul, dressed in whie, singing at the Alive and Well concert, held at House of Dancehall last Octiber.
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Singer Paul 'Frankie Paul' Blake often performed in white outfits, including his last Jamaican stage appearance during Alive and Well, held last October at House of Dancehall on Cargill Avenue, St Andrew.

His preference will be honoured in death, as white will dominate at the singer's funeral, which will be held Saturday, June 10, at the Church of God, 35 Hope Road. The service starts at 10 a.m.

Frankie Paul died on May 19, 2017, following kidney complications which required dialysis. This was after his right foot was amputated in 2016.

Ian Roberts, who is the liaison between Frankie Paul's family and various persons and organisations interested in and participating in the process, told The Gleaner that a long-time friend of the singer relayed not only the wish to be buried in white, but also that the service be held in a church and not a public space like the National Indoor Sports Centre.

Roberts said Frankie Paul was close to the church during his life and Startime concert organiser Michael Barnett previously recalled the gospel choruses Frankie Paul sang along with Tommy Cowan at last January's edition of the vintage concert at Mas Camp, St Andrew.

Arrangements are being made primarily by Frankie Paul's' sisters, Roberts said, making his limited role as an interface clear.

 

FINAL RESTING PLACE

 

The singer wanted to be buried at Dovecot as he has relatives already interred there. However, Frankie Paul will not get his wish of having his final resting place close to them, as there is no more space in that section of the cemetery.

While music will be part of the service, there will be a concert and, as is tradition, a repast at the Ranny Williams Centre on the evening of Frankie Paul's funeral. The repast is expected to get under way about six or seven o'clock, after the burial in St Catherine.

Roberts said a number of persons have expressed an interest in participating and there is the prospect of discussions with the Ministry of Culture, Entertainment, Gender and Sport.