Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Funeral of Joe Frazier

Legendary boxer Joe Frazier
passed away last week of liver cancer.
Someone passing always makes me feel blue.
His funeral services were located about 15 min from where I live.

Here are some pics...
not many blue pics...
just a blue topic.

The one on the right is Rocky Lockridge, 2x world champ.

Retired Cruiserweight, Simon "One Punch" Carr, 
now promotes fights as "One Punch Inc." 
and is a designer with a label "Punchline". 
His record as an amateur was 40-3 (20) and 5-4-1 (3) as a pro

Nate "Mr." Miller, WPA World Champ and Hall of Famer

 This charming man said he was an attorney 
who worked with Joe on his lawsuit over land in Bucks County. 
He explained that all the men wearing hats like his were wearing them in honor of Joe.

The paparazzi

 Jesse Jackson never passes up an interview op.

Larry Holmes gives an interview after the service.
He remembers getting hit in the ribs by Joe!

 The great Muhammad Ali makes his way to his waiting car.

Need his name...

A boxing promoter. 

Need his name...

So, if you are a boxing fan 
help me out here with names and details!

I'd make a terrible reporter...
I had no pen and paper! 

My photo gallery from the funeral is here.


Anonymous said...

I'm not a boxing fan, sorry. It's nice to see that so many people attended.

You have some great portraits here.

Kathy said...

I too avoid the sport of boxing. I think it's very brutal and I don't find anything fun about men (or women) fighting each other. But to each his own, and I do admire your portraits.

Unknown said...

It does seem a contradiction, isn't it when such a strong looking man dies? But we do pass on at one time or another:)

Kmcblackburn said...

The first one you asked about is Sugar Ray Leonard. How did you know all the other names? Are you a closet boxing addict? :)


Kmcblackburn said...

P.S. I guess I should have said it LOOKS like Sugar Ray (can't be positive).

Alicia said...

Super interesting post. I used to work in a funeral home and worked the funeral service for boxer Jerry Quarry. Mohammed Ali's people were there, all wearing matching jackets with Ali's name on the back but alas, no Mohammed Ali :-(

The biggest celebrity there was the actor Mickey Rourke. It was kinda cool to be involved in that, but since I worked for the funeral home I wasn't allowed to take any pictures. Sad really, it would have been great to have them.