Party night will re­mem­ber John

Fam­ily raise cash in dad’s mem­ory

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

A Ruther­glen fam­ily are hold­ing a fundrais­ing event in mem­ory of their dad, who died of an aneurysm aged only 52.

John McDon­ald had pre­vi­ously suf­fered a stroke but in March the fam­ily were dev­as­tated when he had a fa­tal burst of a blood ves­sel in his brain.

Daugh­ter El­iz­a­beth, of To­ry­glen Road, said: “It was such a shock to us all – so un­ex­pected.

“My dad was al­ways so full of life, telling jokes and making peo­ple laugh.

“He was a fan­tas­tic man who was very well known in the com­mu­nity,” added the mum-of-one.

John started a youth club in Burn­hill and was man­ager of Burn­hill Boys’ Club foot­ball team for many years.

He was a carer to dis­abled peo­ple for three to four years be­fore he suf­fered the stroke which cur­tailed his work.

Gran­dad John raised his fam­ily in Pinker­ton Av­enue, Burn­hill.

As well as El­iz­a­beth ( 29), he had two sons, John and Tony, and grand­daugher Court­ney.

“He was a proud Orange­man,” added El­iz­a­beth. “Al­though he wasn’t a mem­ber of the Or­ange Or­der he was al­ways in­volved in the 20 Club and ev­ery­one there has been really sup­port­ive of us.”

Now the fam­ily has de­cided to or­gan­ise a fundrais­ing event in his mem­ory.

It will take place in the 20 Club on Fe­bru­ary 20,.

She said: “We are do­nat­ing all money made from the event to Foster’s un­der­tak­ers in Burn­side.

“Hope­fully, it can be used to pro­vide flow­ers or cards or fu­neral cars to fam­i­lies who may be strug­gling a bit when they have to bury their loved ones un­ex­pect­edly.”

The event will have a DJ and star prize is a signed Rangers top which will go to the high­est bid­der.

There is a host of other raf­fle prizes in­clud­ing rugs, meal vouch­ers at top restu­au­rants and bot­tles of al­co­hol.

Tick­ets are on sale now, cost­ing £5, from El­iz­a­beth on 07516016965.

He was full of life, telling jokes and making peo­ple laugh

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