Close family bond as Liam followed in his brother’s footsteps
Liam Coyle’s heartbroken brother Shaun said the pair were inseparable as he paid tribute to his “Wee Barra”.
Shaun worked with Liam and lived across the street from the family home in Hillfoot, Renton, which the 24-year-old shared with his mum and dad, John and Michelle.
The close pair also shared the same love of motorbikes and spent most of their free time together.
Liam followed in his brother’s footsteps throughout his life, including into a career as a civil engineer.
Shaun, 33, told the Lennox Herald: “There are just millions of things I could say about him.
“We were stuck together from when he was about 11 or 12. Everywhere I went he came with me.
“We were always together. I worked with him all day and then he would come to mine after work.
“He was always with my boys and we would go out on the bikes together.
“He was my Wee Barra. He was full of so much daft carry on. “Liam was just Liam.” Both Liam and Shaun began riding motorbikes from a young age with their dad John, and they enjoyed many hours fixing broken bikes together.
Shaun continued: “He would always phone me after he stripped a bike as he always took them apart and couldn’t remember how to put it back together.
“He was brilliant at everything, there was nothing he couldn’t do.”
Mum Michelle also spoke of the incredible bond her sons shared, and said Liam “idolised ”his older brother.
She added: “He has just followed his brother into everything.
“Anything Shaun did Liam would be right at the back of him doing the same thing.
“From his hobbies to his work when Shaun moved jobs Liam moved with him.
“Even as much as wanting to get the same bike stuff. They just did everything together.
“Shaun called him Wee Barra and he was Big Barra.” Liam started his working life aged 16 on Muirhead’s Dairy Farm, in the same role as his brother.
He then followed Shaun into a career in civil engineering and the pair still worked together until Liam’s death.
Known for his mischievous antics while at work, Shaun recalled an incident which took place just last week.
He added: “He was always joking about. Even the other day in the van on the way back from work one of our workmates got a cream cake in the face.
“He was sitting playing with his phone in the front of the van and all I seen was Liam’s hand come through and smack him with it.
“He was always up for a laugh and a carry on.”
Cousin Lee-ann Aldren, who travelled from her home in Accrington to be with the family, added: “The bond between Shaun and Liam is just amazing. I hope when my boys grow up they are as close as they are.
“Everyone has a bond with their siblings but not like those two.”
He was always up for a laugh and a carry on
Happy times Liam with his older brother Shaun
Family Liam (left) and his brother Shaun