Close fam­ily bond as Liam fol­lowed in his brother’s foot­steps

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Carla Tal­bot

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

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