Young Ballymena dad Frankie Ward dies aged 31
Friends of a young dad-of-three who died suddenly on Tuesday have remembered him as a “gentle and genuine man”.
Frankie Ward, 31, from Ballymena was a massive boxing fan and was well known on the boxing circuit across Northern Ireland.
Heart is Broke on hearing the News that our Belfast Boxers friend Frankie Ward from Ballymena has died, great... https://t.co/lWwBwZcmN4— Belfast Boxers (@Belfstboxers) February 17, 2016
Members of the boxing community have been paying tribute to him on social media.
Belfast Boxers said: “Heart is Broke on hearing the News that our Belfast Boxers friend Frankie Ward from Ballymena has died, great young man who leaves behind a young family condolences to everyone who knew him lovely man was always good to talk to him about his love for the sport of boxing Rest In Peace Frankie.”
Irish Boxing news added: “RIP Ballymena's Frankie Ward. Massive boxing fan and an absolute gentleman as well. Big loss to the boxing community.”
Friends have also been posting memories and messages of support for his family after hearing the news.
Joanne Dooey posted on Facebook: “He truly was a gent and loved his family so so much. my thoughts and prayers to u and ur family! I just can't believe it! Such a genuine fella, who had a huge heart.. He's one of a kind and is a huge loss to the world! Gone way too soon before his time R.I.P angel up above
Samantha Louise Crozier said: “Seriously waken up today thinking what I heard last night would all just be a nightmare. I’m gutted reading through your messages and you were a true gentle man you always knew how to cheer me up. You will be sadly missed. Proud to say I knew you, my thoughts are with your family”
Carla Brown added: “RIP Frankie, you truly had a heart of gold xx”
RIP Ballymena's Frankie Ward. Massive boxing fan and an absolute gentleman aswell. Big loss to the boxing community pic.twitter.com/L2jFFz5Tvi— IRISH BOXING NEWS (@IrishBoxinNews) February 17, 2016