Passages: Zimbabwe's Frank Parrington, 85
-- July 15, 2010
By Glen Byrom, Swimming World African correspondent
HARARE, Zimbabwe, July 15. FRANK Parrington, affectionately known as Mr. P and the doyen of Zimbabwe swimming, has died at the age of 85. He passed away at home in Harare on Tuesday night (13 July) (2010) after suffering kidney and heart failure following a recent leg amputation. He is survived by his son David, who is a leading diving coach at the University of Tennessee , and who arrived in Harare just five hours before his father passed away.
This year the Liverpool-born Mr. P celebrated an astonishing 80 active years in swimming and on his 85th birthday on 5 June this year he remembered his first gala with total clarity. It was the day his Dad broke an official aquatic world record, for an unlikely event called The Plunge.
Mr. P has left a rich legacy as Africa's guru of swimming and he has lived in Zimbabwe and South Africa for more than 50 years.