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Darlington, Frank

The funeral was held at Altrincham Crematorium on 12th September 2006 for the late Frank Darlington of Greenbank who died on 2nd September aged 89 years. Frank was born on the 29th September 1916 at Leftwich Green one of 3 children born to Alfred and Mary Darlington with a brother Sydney & a sister Renee. The family moved when he was still a youngster to Winnington and he attended Winnington Boys School. When he left school it was to take up an apprenticeship as an electrician with the Mid Cheshire Electricity Company. The skills that Frank gleaned at that time came to represent not simply the tools of a trade but one of the loves of his life. Long into retirement he kept up his electrical and engineering skills - turning his hand to model building and vintage machinery and his love of traction engines. It was because of those vital skills that Frank was sent to work at Rolls-Royce during the war helping in the construction of aeroplanes notably the Battle of Britain winning Spitfire. After the war ended Frank returned to his civilian career working for Brunner Mond. He found himself involved in the early experiments in the production of polythene. Frank enjoyed his career and took a real pride in it and in the fact that his sons and their families showed equal flair in engineering and electrics. Not only did Frank possess a love of engineering in general he also possessed an enthusiasm for motorbikes in particular and refused to give up riding them until his health demanded it. His enthusiasm for the bikes was as infectious as his enthusiasm for his line of work and he shared his interest with his sons and grandchildren. With marriage to Eunice at Witton Church in 1938 came a move first to a flat in Castle and then to a family home in Park Street. That also became too small with the arrival of John Michael and Christine and so the family came to live in the home on Greenbank where Frank remained becoming widowed in 1994. He is survived by his three children six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. In addition to family flowers donations were received for St Luke's Hospice. The service was conducted by Rev David Hyndman.

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