Tributes have been paid to Belfast mural artist and car crime campaigner Frank Lucas Quigley, who has died.
In 2000, Frank mourned the death of his 25-year-old son, Rossa, who was crushed and killed by car thieves as they crossed Cliftonville Road. He died almost immediately.
Shortly before Rossa’s death, Frank began work on a portrait of a Belfast man, Kieran Conlan, 21, who had also been killed by car thieves the year before.
In 2003, five men, aged 17 to 28, were charged in connection with the death of their son, but in the following years Frank, along with his wife Josie and other families’ grieving families through car crime. ‘ campaign as part of to be done.
Fellow car crime campaigner Tommy Holland paid tribute to Frank on Facebook.
He said that he was “a great man” who “will be greatly missed by many circles of people”.
The post read, ‘Sad to hear this very sad news. RIP Frank ‘Lucas’ Quigley. Condolences to Frank’s children, family circle and his friends. Frank was a great person to get to know and especially to meet, and he was also a great artist, he did so many wonderful artworks for us, the Suicide Awareness Garden of Reflection mural, our Court Celtic art entrance was excellent, and he did my best. Also taught son Thomas to draw at BIFHE. He was part of families grieving through a car crime as Josie and had lost their son Rossa and both participated in the film “Ripple Effect”, his art for FBTCC being dedicated to his son Rossa. . He will be greatly missed in many circles of people. Tommy.”
The Whiterock Westrock Historical and Cultural Society also paid tribute to Frank who said the area had now “lost a great friend and neighbor.”
The post on Facebook read: “Frank ‘Lucas’ Quigley. Tearing. It is with deep regret that, Wheatrock, the Westrock Historical and Cultural Society, has learned of Lucas’ passing. Many of his friends in the Whiterock/Westrock areas By sadly missing him, we have lost a great friend and neighbor. Thoughts and prayers are with the entire Quigley family at this sad time.”