Cappacharnaun, Ayle, Westport
Frank Michael Shackleton, who died on December 25, 2017, was born in 1962 at 46 Shakespeare Street, Padiham, to Anne and Geoff Shackleton.
Frank spent the first 12 years of his young life in England, keeping his parents on their toes. Frank loved to visit his relatives, particularly his grandparents, where he learnt many skills. In 1972, the Shackleton family moved to live in Westport. Frank attended Christian Brothers, where we were told he was one of the brightest to ever cross their doorstep. Frank was offered a scholarship at the tender age of 16, but instead went on to college in Galway to become an electronic technician.
Frank liked to travel, he worked in London, Vienna and Dublin, where he lived for a few years, and many a house looked better for his hard work and craftsmanship. Frank could turn his hand to anything, but his true genius was in carpentry. Frank met Norah in 1994, and spent 20 plus happy years together. They made their home in Ayle raised their two sons – Frank Edward and Sean Michael. Frank’s boys were everything to him, and he loved them dearly. Frank, as he got older, preferred to be at home, where he enjoyed music, cooking, crossword puzzles, and spending time with his family. Frank later got into gardening, and his own gardens show the love and care that made them so special. Frank’s social outings were to town, where he smiled and talked to everybody.
Frank was a very private person, and he would have loved the respect that the town of Westport showed his family and him at his funeral. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Norah; sons, Frank and Sean; his parents, Anne and Geoff Shackleton; brothers, Jonathan and Geoffrey; sisters, Frances, Collette (Dublin) and Lisa, by all his brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, and by his many nieces and nephews that he adored.