Family values were very important to Frank
Published 26/06/2013 | 05:36
The late Frank Savage
FRANK SAVAGE, O'Rahilly's Villas, Tralee and formerly of The Kerries, died peacefully on Thursday, June 6, following an illness which he bore with resilience and fortitude.
Frank, a painter by trade, was born into a farming background in the family home at The Kerries, son of Jack and Margaret Savage (nee Bingham). One of six children he had four brothers Donie, Richard, John and Billy and one sister Mary.
Frank's schooling was received at the old National School in Strand Street, following which he went on to CBS Edward Street. Growing up and living in such close proximity to the Kerins O'Rahilly's Club, it was only natural that Frank and his siblings would throw their lot in with the blue and white. He witnessed the halcyon days of the club in the 1950s when they brought the Bishop Moynihan Cup to the Road.
Remaining at home in Tralee was not an option for Frank as working opportunities were limited, so he headed for London. Emigration meant there were so many other Kerry and Tralee people in North London at the time, that Frank fitted in quickly in the community.
It was there that he also learned the trade of painter and decorator, serving his time with another Tralee native, Sonny Boy Roche. Frank's destiny meant he also met Hilda Roche and in the lights of London she stole his heart. They were married in Swiss Cottage in 1967 and spent the next 46 happy years together. The first of their children Paul was born in 1968, following which they decided to return home to Tralee.
Residing first in Connolly Park, they moved to Hilda's family home in O'Rahilly's Villas, where they looked after Hilda's father, Frank. Here in the heart of Strand Road was where they were happiest and their union was blessed with the birth of Margaret, John, Fiona and Frank Jnr.
Frank had a good work ethic and was always in demand as a painter. He worked for a number of years as the maintenance supervisor at the Brandon Hotel. His son Paul followed in his footsteps into the painting and decorating trade.
Family values were very important to Frank and his wife, children and grandchildren were foremost in his life. He was a man of simple pleasures - following the fortunes of the Blues and Liverpool and imbibing in a pint at Betty's. A walk in the Town Park where he would stop and chat with fellow walkers was enjoyed regularly.
Easygoing by nature, he was nevertheless forthright in his views and believed in saying what he believed. There was also a funny side to Frank and he could give as good as he got when it came to ball hopping and wind ups.
In the recent past when his health was cause for concern he spent time in hospital. On one such trip to CUH, the nurse brought him in food with a certain brand of butter on the side plate. Frank very kindly asked her would she mind getting some Kerrygold butter as he couldn't eat the Cork made equivalent!
Frank was never a man for travelling abroad in his younger days, but latterly did go to Marbella to visit his daughter Fiona. He also journeyed to see his beloved Liverpool play in the company of his future son-in-law Graeme Bell.
His travelled to see his brother Billy, with whom he had a unique bond, on a number of occasions. Frank's family will always be thankful to all who helped him during his illness - the Palliative Care team at KGH, Dr Holmes, Sam McAuley Chemist, Irish Cancer Society Nurses, neighbours and friends and his sister Mary, who was a constant support.
Frank is sadly missed by his wife Hilda, children Paul, Margaret, John, Fiona and Frank, grandchildren, brother Billy, sister Mary, sons-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends.