Belfast Telegraph

Final farewell to NI food firm boss Lorraine Hall

A woman who co-founded one of Northern Ireland's most successful food firms was a devoted wife and mother, mourners at her funeral heard.

Lorraine Hall, along with her husband Michael, established the dried nuts and fruit company Kestrel Foods in Portadown 21 years ago.

Her emotional funeral took place at St Malachy's Parish Church, Hillsborough, yesterday afternoon.

Rev Dr Bryan Follis told the congregation: "Lorraine was an extremely capable businesswoman. But she was also a loving wife, a devoted mum, a faithful daughter and a loyal friend to many.

"And yet, humanly speaking, her career is now over; her life is finished; and she is gone."

Mrs Hall passed away, aged 49, surrounded by her family in hospital last Sunday, leaving behind two teenage children, 19-year-old Esmee and Thomas (15).

It is understood Mrs Hall's death was sudden, although she had previously suffered from cancer. The family asked mourners to make donations to Cancer Focus NI in lieu of flowers.

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