Florence Caldwell from the New Lodge area of north Belfast is a Carson family friend through marriage. She was at the funeral home yesterday to say goodbye to her favourite comedian and to leave a sympathy card from the men and women at The Star Neighbourhood Pensioners’ Club.
“He was such a nice person and a larger than life character,” Mrs Caldwell said. “He used to send money to the pensioners’ club. He was a good man and they wanted me to leave a card for the family. It’s a lovely tribute to him.”
A fan of Frank’s from Carrick Hill told the Belfast Telegraph she was compelled to pay her respects yesterday because Frank was a “good ambassador” for Belfast.
“He brought laughs to Belfast. Frank Carson was a good ambassador for us,” she said.
Michael Kelly (55) from Newry said he travelled to Belfast to pay his respects and to thank Frank for the laughs he gave him over the years.
“He was a great wee man,” Mr Kelly said.
“Everyone loved him and he did a lot for the children with his integrated education work.
“Rest in peace, Frank.”
Paul Gilvary from Belfast said he has fond memories of Frank from his numerous television appearances.
“I was brought up by my granny and she always loved his phrase: ‘Come on, on, on, on, in’.
“I shared the same birthday as Frank and I just loved him.
“He was a good man, and what a character!”
Paul Hill (46) from Lurgan said he met Frank a few times in Blackpool and at the Ulster Hall a number of years ago.
“He gave me a big bear hug,” Mr Hill said.
“We have lost not just a great ambassador for Belfast and Northern Ireland, but for the whole of Ireland. I wanted to come to pay my respects.”