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Government ministers, family and friends pay final respects to Richard 'Pardy' Forbes

Published:Wednesday | August 24, 2016 | 8:00 AMJason Cross
Delano Forbes (left) greets Bruce Golding, former prime minister, at the funeral for his father Richard ‘Pardy’ Forbes, held on Monday at Webster Memorial United Church, St Andrew.

The late Richard 'Pardy' Forbes, the multimedia visionary who founded Phase 3 Productions, was eulogised on Monday as a man with great vision. Forbes died August 3. He was cremated. His thanksgiving service was held at Webster Memorial United Church, St Andrew, and was attended by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife and Member of Parliament for East Rural St Andrew, Juliet Holness, among several other government ministers.

Forbes, born May 1946, was remembered by his son Delano as a man who, although visually impaired, never lost his vision to achieve success. He was the husband of Phase 3 Production's co-owner and executive chairperson and former Television Jamaica general manager, Marcia Forbes.

The Kingston College old boy was said to be always vibrant and laughing, and according to some, always debating on very wide subject areas and had a special love for politics.

"To say my father was an interesting person is an understatement. There were not many places you could go without Daddy having a friend.

He fascinated me how he could strike up a conversation with just about anyone, anytime, and often getting things done in a fraction of the time prescribed. He would say to me, son, don't wait till tomorrow to do what we can get done today," Forbes said.

"Pardy faced many challenges in his lifetime, the loss of his sight (etc). That would have put many of us in a rocking chair. He didn't have a single trace of self-pity in his being, and he didn't ask you to give him any either. Before you could ask him how he was doing, he wanted to find out how I was doing. His indomitable spirit (stood out), the ability to confront adversity with courage, the ability to pick himself up, dust himself off, start all over again and be successful at it. He couldn't see you but he could see through you, and could determine what it is you are made of," said former Prime Minister Bruce Golding.

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