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Businesswoman who set up successful Co Armagh company dies suddenly

The 49-year-old passed away surrounded by family on Sunday

A businesswoman who helped set up a very successful county Armagh company has died suddenly.

Lorraine Hall, who lived in Dromore, passed away in hospital surrounded by her family on Sunday.

She was 49-years-old.

Alongside her husband Michael, the couple set up the dried nuts and fruit company Kestrel Foods in Portadown in 1996.

Kestrel Foods is best known for the Forest Feast brand of snacks and is a successful exporter to more than 30 countries.

A statement on the company’s website confirmed Lorraine’s sad passing.

“It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the sudden passing of our founding co-Director and inspirational leader, Lorraine Hall,” it read.

“She partnered her husband in the business over the past 21 years and was the creative force behind our award winning Forest Feast & Acti-Snack brands.

“A loving wife to Michael and devoted mum to Esmée and Thomas, Lorraine was someone who left a positive impact on everyone she met.

“Lorraine will be sadly missed by the entire Forest Feast family but her vision and values will always remain at the forefront of our business.”

Her funeral service will take place on Friday, September 1 at 2.30pm in St Malachy’s Parish Church, Hillsborough.

She was a loving mother to Esmee (19) and Thomas (15), dear daughter of Pam and the late Alan and the much-loved sister of Suzanne.

Donations, if desired, for Cancer Focus N.I., c/o R. J. Poots & Co. Funeral Directors, 6 Circular Road, Dromore, BT25 1AL.

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