Frank Gervin the long serving Clonoe ABC coach has passed away after an illness surrounded by family.
Gervin was a coach renowned throughout Irish and indeed the World amateur boxing, having been Irish national coach on numerous occasions as well as coaching many Commonwealth Games teams.
Most notably Gervin was a member of the coaching team when Paul Griffin won European gold in Gothenburg 1991, but undoutbly the coach’s proudest moment was when Clonoe’s own Tommy Corr won bronze at the 1982 world championships in Munich.
Corr became the first Irish man to win a World medal, meaning the small club from Tyrone will forever have a proud place in Irish boxing history.
Gervin established Clonoe ABC in 1972 and worked tirelessly throughout the years producing champion after champion. That work ethic continued until recently when illness prevented him from doing the job he loved.
Gervin lived an breathed the sport, had a great effect on those he meet and worked with, wasrespected and admired by all that knew him .
Many commented how Gervin was as happy coaching a child just off the street as he those that won the club honours. It’s fitting that just last year Gervin received the Irish Amatuer Boxing life time achievement award.
Gervin will be greatly missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him. Frank Gervin a fighter to the end R.I.P