Boxing Loses a Hero

Boxing Ontario is sad to report that longtime coach Frank Rodriguez passed away on Thursday in London.  He died peacefully at Parkwood Hospital at the age of 70.  Frank was diagnosed with colon cancer 18 months ago and was told he would only live 3 months.  But like his coaching career he endured valiantly.  Frank was a boxing coach in London for 25 years with the N’Amerind Club, Memorial Boys and Girls Club, and the All Nations Boxing Club.  He was known for stout discipline in his clubs and his willingness to help all others regardless of race, age, or gender.  Frank was instrumental in the boxing careers of Jenn Ogg, now retired World Champion, and Debbie Richards, perennial Canadian Champion.  He was the face of boxing in London for 3 decades.

Cremation for Frank has taken place. A memorial service may be held at a later date. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Frank Rodriguez are asked to consider the London Health Sciences Foundation – Cancer Centre.  The Westview Funeral Chapel (519-641-1793) is entrusted with arrangements.  For a great article on Frank visit the London Free Press link below:

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Sports/OtherSports/2005/11/19/1313445-sun.html

Boxing Ontario sends its condolences to the Rodriguez family and on behalf of amateur boxers and coaches throughout the province we thank Frank for his legendary contributions.

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