Motor engineer Frank dies in France

Frank Parrington. (s)
Frank Parrington. (s)

A local motor vehicle engineer who ran successful businesses in the Ribble Valley before retiring to France has died after a short illness.

Frank Parrington (82), was raised at Adams Farm, Paythorne and was the first person in his village to attend Skipton Grammar School.

On leaving school, Frank completed military service with the Royal Air Force as a meteorologist in Inverness, Scotland.

After being discharged from service, Frank married and went on to have daughter Sheila, followed by son Ian. He quickly became an accomplished motor expert, working his way up to head engineer at Rufus Carr Ford garage in Clitheroe and was renowned and respected for his expertise in working on gears and gearboxes.

After going on to set up businesses with son Ian – firstly a garage in Newton and latterly, The Copy Nook Garage, Bolton-by-Bowland, Frank retired and moved to France in 1997, where he enjoyed the warm climate and made many friends. In his spare time, he relished the challenge of restoring old clocks and vintage mopeds.

After his death on Tuesday, December 9th, a funeral was held close to the French village of Vasles where he lived and was well attended by family and friends.

Caption: Frank Parrington. (s)