“Tobie or Photobias”
Died: 15th May 2010, Reduit, Gros Islet, St. Lucia
He was an epic photo and video journalist who exercised his expert skills covering all 25 sporting disciplines on the island. His involvement in sports and the passion that he had was never once questioned. He made time to be at every sporting activity far and near. He is recognised for his contribution to the promotion of all St Lucian sports both in the local, regional, and international arena. It was clear to all that Francis Tobias exercised his journalistic responsibilities for the love of sport and the benefit of all sports persons in St Lucia
Tobias Funeral Today
Sports Photo – Journalist and Cameraman Francis Tobias affectionally known to many as “Tobie or Photobias” who covered all 25 sporting disciplines on the island, will be laid to rest today Saturday 22nd May 2010. Tobias died after a sudden illness at his home in Reduit, Gros Islet on Saturday 15th May 2010, family members said.
It is not too certain as to where and when his professional career started, A Trinidadian by birth, he first visited St.Lucia in 1959 on a Catholic Youth Organization Mission. His involvement in sports and the passion that he had was never once questioned. He made time to be at every sporting activity far and near and what ever time of day it was taking place.
One of his most famous photos was that of the St.Lucia Olympic Team parading at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in China as sensational High Jumper Levern Spencer carried the St.Lucia National Flag. A proud moment that was for St. Lucia.
He covered Track and Field Championships that included the once popular M& C Games, the Winera Games, the OECS Track and Field Championship, the hosting of the Caribbean Netball Championship at the once famous Vigie Multi Purpose Sports Complex in the early 80’s, St.Lucia hosting of the 38th Edition of the Carifta Games, Cricket, Rugby, Football, Karate, Squash, Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Cycling, Netball, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Swimming, Domino, The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), St.Lucia Yacht Club Regatta, 10K Road Races. Certainly he touched a number of lives local, regional and international.
One cannot exaggerate his status as a renowned class Photo – Journalist and Cameraman. As a Sports Journalist who travelled with Tobias to a number of sporting and social events along with the likes of Star Sports Journalist Dave Pascal, Sportcaraibe Robertson Henry, on an undisclosed number of times, it was certainly a joy to enjoy a fresh glass of local juice together with his unique style. Tobias was hardly confined to high-profile sports, but when he was given the opportunity to do so he stood tall amongst the world is very best. In 2007 at the Pan American Games in Rio, Brazil and the 2008 Beijing Olympics he took it on his own to furnish the above names mentioned with photos of St. Lucia’s athletes in action.
Interestingly, there were communities that one never thought existed, but because of the love for sports and the passion that he had we saw some of St. Lucia’s untapped talent in hidden areas showcased throughout the media. Last year, with one common goal the deceased, along with Dave Pascal, Robertson Henry and Anthony De Beauville formed a sports alliance and despite the friendly rivalry re sports coverage between the four media houses the objective was that the trio would cover sports throughout the entire island and bring out the good the sportsmen and sportswomen have to offer. “The Dean of Sports – Journalist and Cameraman” was the one who championed the idea.