County Armagh, Northern Ireland, 30 March 2017 – It is with very sad news that we announce the passing of our co-founder Mr. Jim Lappin (aged 76).

Jim co-founded Rapid International originally as Craigavon Engineering in 1969 alongside the late Robert (Bertie) Pickering and together they established a business that today continues to be a leading manufacturer in its industry across the globe.

Jim up until recently had still been involved in the business and he will be sadly missed by the whole Rapid family.

I hope you will join us in extending our sincere condolences to the Lappin family, including Jim’s wife Bessie, his son Mark (our current Managing Director), daughters Gillian and Allison, daughter-in-law Elaine, sons-in-law Ken and Keith, grandchildren and the whole extended Lappin family.

Will be greatly missed by the entire family circle. “The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended”

Donations if desired Marie Curie Cancer Care c/o Joseph Poots and Son, Funeral Directors, 42 Bridge Street Portadown BT63 5AE.