Skilled craftsman, devoted family man

Frank Lappin’s dedication to high standards of craftsmanship was obvious in his career and at home.

The Portadown man, who died peacefully surrounded by family, was a respected member of the NACCO Materials Handling workforce until his retirement in 2000. He had originally joined the Carn firm following the opening of the Hyster plant in 1981, following previous periods of employment at engineering companies in Laurelvale and Laurencetown.

That love of working with his hands extended to time away from his job, with Frank spending hours in the garden and shed. Family members and friends would often benefit from his skill, by virtue of beautifully-crafted gifts such as household furniture or children’s toys.

Frank was a devoted family man, having married his wife, Eileen (Crossey), in 1961 and together they raised four children Carol, Pauline, Andrew and Michael. Frank was also grandfather to Michael, Lisa, Sinead, Sam, Mathew and Daniel, plus great-grandfather to Matthew, Charlie, Dara, Max and Anna.

He had four siblings May, Sheila, Jim and John.

Frank attended Lylo Primary School, followed by St Columba’s and Portadown Tech.

The funeral was held in St Anthony’s Church. He was laid to rest at Lylo Cemetery.

Month’s Mind will take place at St Anthony’s on Monday morning at 9.30.

The Lappin family would like to thank the district nursing staff for such wonderful care and support during Frank’s illness.