Franklin J. Irish

Published: 6/22/2019 3:00:38 AM

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT — Franklin J. “Frank” Irish, 59 passed away on June 19, 2019 at his home in South Royalton, VT after a long illness.

He was born March 26, 1960 to the late Francis Alton Irish and Elsie Mae (Martin) Irish in Saint Albans, Vermont. He moved to South Royalton at the age of one with his family in 1961, and resided there all his life.

Frank attended South Royalton Elementary and High School. After high school, Frank worked for Fred Collins installing vinyl siding; his brother’s business, Gary’s Custom Drywall, and he was employed at Sears in West Lebanon, NH as a sales associate. A good friend and former co-worker, Walter Kimball described him as “MacGyver.” He went on to say, “If you knew Frank, you got Frank. He never pretended to be more; he didn’t have to. Knowing Frank, you got everything-friendship, loyalty and honesty. That was Frank.” Frank’s health forced him to retire early. Since then, he spent many days fishing, enjoying music of all genres, collecting coins and other memorabilia, and he enjoyed completing complex puzzles. Many puzzles are mounted and displayed in every room of his home. Frank had a keen sense of humor, even near the end.

Frank married Kathy Sawyer on September 24, 1983. He soon adopted Kathy’s son, Adam and raised him like his own. They later divorced. On May 1, 1999 he married Vicki Fahnestock. They divorced in 2009.

Frank is survived by his son, Henry “Adam” Irish (and girlfriend, Jamie Avery); grandchildren, Monica, Gavin, Eli, Anthony and Devin; brothers, Stanley “Kelly” (and Anne) Irish of Norwalk, CT, Gary (and Lynn) Irish of South Royalton, VT and Timothy Irish of Sharon, VT; and four sisters, Nellie Peck of Glover, VT, Marie Northrup of Mount Dora, FL, Pauline (and Joe) Sylvester of Ascutney, VT and Carol (and Rick) Mayotte of Brookfield, VT. There are many nieces and nephews as well.

He was predeceased by his grandparents; his parents; a sister, Dorothy who died in infancy, a sister, Patricia A. Irish (April 2019), who brothers-in-law, Leo Greenwood and Junnie Peck and two nephews, Kevin Greenwood and Joseph Sylvester.

A graveside service will take place on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Branch View Cemetery, Rte. 110, South Royalton, VT with Pastor Russell Rohloff officiating. There are no calling hours. A reception will take place immediately following at the United Church of South Royalton.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea, VT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either: Bayada Hospice, P.O. Box 1590, Norwich, VT 05055 or Clara Martin Center, 24 South Main Street, Randolph, VT 05060. These organizations provided invaluable assistance and compassion with Frank’s care. For that, the family is grateful.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience...Be kind and compassionate to one another...-Ephesians 4:32.

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