July 19, 2019
Very often these days, noted sports contributors are passing on into eternity. Most recently, one of them, a sports photographer, Robert (Bob) “Beagle” Thompson, left this life at the age of 72. He died on Tuesday, July 16.
Bob joined the Nassau Guardian during the 1970s and teamed up with veteran Garth Mitchell, long deceased, in the photography department. I was sports editor of the Nassau Guardian at the time and worked an arrangement with Editor Leon Turnquest, for Bob to focus primarily on sports assignments. Garth, you see, had a preference for general news assignments.
Bob became very adept at capturing the sporting action and evolved into a sports photographer of the highest order. He was always the ultimate professional. I recall his passion for immediately going into the dark room (photo production area) and staying with the process, ignoring telephone calls, until he had produced the photos and placed them on the sports desk.
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