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Final production for 'Pardy'

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2016 | 8:00 AM

Tributes continue to flow in for Richard 'Pardy' Forbes, founder of Phase Three Productions

Forbes passed away on Wednesday night, with his wife, Marcia, and his caregiver by his side.

"He died the way he would have wanted," said Marcia. "He didn't die alone, which is something he feared." Over the past few years, Forbes was battling multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer). He lost his sight in 1997 due to complications from diabetes, but Marcia said he never lost his joy and zest for life and was even at a friend's barbecue last Sunday.

"In the nearly 20 years of blindness, he went parasailing, tubing down the White River," she said. "As soon as he was diagnosed (with myeloma), we went to Cuba because he said he always wanted to go there. The blindness didn't stop him, and he went as far as he could with the cancer."

Though his tertiary degree was in human resource management from the then College of Arts, Science and Technology, Forbes was a lifelong 'techie'. This fascination spawned Phase Three in 1984. The company quickly became the go-to entity for television and video production. With the efforts of Marcia and their son, Delano, Phase Three is now an internationally recognised multimedia service provider.

In 2004, Forbes received a Doctor Bird Award for significant contribution to the development of the Jamaican film and television industry. Forbes attended Kingston College in the 1960s and was known for his organising skills, particularly with sports days and training for Champs.

Forbes' funeral is scheduled for the Webster Memorial Church on Monday, August 22 at 1 p.m.