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Rev. Enoch Backford Dies

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The following statement was issued by Alpheus Finlayson of the Bahamas Association Of Athletic Associations  (BAAA)on

The Bahamian Track and Field Community mourns once more, just a day after the home going of Bernard Livingstone Bostwick, this time for former president, Reverend Enoch Backford.

Backford will go down in Bahamian Track and Field history as a member, of the 1957 West Indian Federation Games, who won a Bronze medal in the 4x100m relay team, the first the country ever participated in.
It was the second medal in Bahamian International Track and Field competition, after that of a Bronze in the 100m by Thomas Robinson in the same meet.

The participants were Oscar Francis, Thomas Grant, and Robinson. Backford was the last remaining member of the team.

This was in Kingston, Jamaica.

Backford attended St. John’s College in Nassau along with Tommy Robinson and Florida A & M University. He was a teacher and headmaster for most of his life.

He had stints in various areas of public life including the Department of Immigration and the Public Service Commission.

He served as the seventh president of the Bahamas Amateur Athletic Association from 1968 to 1972.

He was also a Vice President of the Bahamas Olympic Association                                   

Born into a great Baptist family Enoch was also ordained as a Baptist minister.

Livingstone Bostwick served as Secretary to four BAAA presidents, Backford being the first.

In the last few years Backford would call various radio talk shows, including Track World.

Due to his challenge with his sight this was usually the limit of his social contacts.

May he rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.