WE’LL NEVER FORGET OUR MATE JAMIE
Friends vow to keep memory of tragic 17 year old alive
Hundreds of balloons flew over the sunset in Rutherglen on Saturday evening as a community tried to come to terms with the untimely death of a teenage boy.
Jamie Paterson died following an epileptic seizure on Tuesday, April 19 at his aunt’s home in Burnhill.
He was just 17 years old and had been diagnosed with epilepsy four years earlier.
On Monday, one of his three closest friends, Josh Duncan, told the Reformer: “I miss everything about him, he was a brother to me.”
Josh, together with friends Kristopher Cochrane, 15, and Dean Chapman, 18, were
by Jamie’s side when, aged 12, he lost both his parents in the space of four days.
They have vowed to stay by his side, honour and remember him in the future — and in the coming days when he is laid to rest.
The trio are leading a series of events to remember the football -loving Rangers fan.
With the support of the local community, the boys organised a balloon and lantern release at Burnhill Sports Centre on April 22, where hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects to a boy born and bred in the area.
“It was heart-warming to see how many people cared about him,”Josh added.
“We will be holding a football tournament to raise money for his family and as an act of remembrance as well, we want to do him proud.
“If it was one of us, he would feel the same.
“I went from nursery all the way through school with Jamie. The other day, I found a picture I drew of him when I was in nursery. When I was cleaning my room, I found things of his; a hat and trackies. These things make me remember him. “I miss everything about him.” He added:“There wasn’t a bad word to say about Jamie, he got on with everyone. He was just a genuine boy.
“He had respect. He knew how to speak to his elders.”
Kris said:“When he was with his pals, he was a normal boy. He could be loud and funny around us, but was shy with new people until he got used to them.
“I miss waking up and having a message from him. You always had one every day from him asking how you are, what you’re up to.”
Dean said Jamie loved the company of his friends, adding:“He would always ask you to go into town, or the shop. He didn’t like being in the house, he always wanted to be out and about.”
An active lad, Jamie was a former player for Rutherglen Boys Club and attended Stonelaw High School up until last year. He was a season-ticket holder for Rangers FC, attending their games every week without fail.
The baby of the family, he was cared for by his five older brothers and sister Mhairi MacVicar when his parents passed away.
Mhairi said:“The family would like to thank everyone for their continuous support through this difficult time. You all have been amazing and we really appreciate your support.
“The amount of people Jamie touched is countless and it showed by the number of people who turned up on Saturday night to let off a balloon. I’m so proud of Jamie’s friends, they are just all amazing.
“Our wee angel touched the hearts of so many people and will forever be remembered. You are simply the best.”
Jamie’s funeral will be held at Linn Crematorium at 10am on Friday. People are asked to wear the colours of Rangers Football Club in recognition of the teenager’s love of the beautiful game.
Pals pay their respects Josh Duncan, Kristopher Cochrane and Dean Chapman have led tributes to their best friend Jamie Paterson (right)
Friends Kristopher Cochrane, Dean Chapman and Josh Duncan will host a football tournament in honour of Jamie