Sad mum’s trib­ute to tragic John

Hun­dreds gather for church ser­vice

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

The fam­ily of a Cam­bus­lang man who fell into the River Clyde earlier this year have paid trib­ute to a lov­ing son and brother.

John Flynn has been miss­ing since Jan­uary 24 af­ter tum­bling into the icy waters shortly be­fore mid­night. His body has never been recovered but his mum, Julie Lam­bie Cun­nigham, told the Reformer she knew he was dead as soon as she heard the news he had fallen in. She or­gan­ised a memo­rial ser­vice at St An­drew’s Church Hall on Satur­day, with hun­dreds of well- wish­ers turn­ing out to re­mem­ber John. Among those there were his broth­ers, 30-year-old David and 10- year- old Michael, and fi­ancé Sinead O’Con­nell. Julie, who works at the 2 Sis­ters fac­tory in Cam­bus­lang, chose last week­end as John would have turned 27 on Mon­day, Au­gust 15.

The ser­vice on Satur­day was taken by both Rev Les­lie Mil­ton of Cam­bus­lang Parish and Fa­ther Paul Mor­ton, of St Bride’s, with John hav­ing fam­ily con­nec­tions to both churches.

Julie, 48, said: “There was a smash­ing turnout for John and ev­ery­one com­mented on the ser­vice. “The hall was full, it was a lovely day.” De­scrib­ing her son Julie, said: “He had a lot of friends and he was very loyal to them. He was a lov­ing son and was al­ways very re­spect­ful. If I asked him to do some­thing he would do it.

“John loved go­ing to the gym and work­ing out. He would go every day. He was al­ways full of life, a prac­ti­cal joker who loved to carry on.

“I was hop­ing he would get mar­ried and have chil­dren. He has a dog called Kai and he loved him with all his heart. John would al­ways say

Kai was his child.”

A for­mer pupil at James Ai­ton Pri­mary and Cathkin High, John worked in var­i­ous jobs be­fore find­ing em­ploy­ment in the same 2 Sis­ters fac­tory as his mother.

He was liv­ing with Sinead in Freeneuk Wynd when he went miss­ing.

The fam­ily have left flow­ers and pic­tures at the spot he en­tered the wa­ter but, with many of these go­ing miss­ing, Julie hopes to build a memo­rial spot in the gar­den of her Kings Av­enue home.

Trag­i­cally, Julie’s sis­ter Grace Burns also lost a son who fell in the Clyde 25 years ago. Hugh was only eight when he went miss­ing. He has never been found.

De­scrib­ing the mo­ment she found out John had gone miss­ing, Julie said: “I knew right away he would not be found alive.

“I was at my work when the po­lice came and knew by how long he had been in the wa­ter I was not get­ting him back.

“When Hugh died I was there to sup­port my sis­ter. I thought to my­self this time that they never found him.

“As time goes on it is get­ting harder, not eas­ier. So many bod­ies are found in the Clyde but he hasn’t been one of them.

“There is no grave. That’s why I wanted to have the memo­rial: to give his friends and fam­ily the chance to pay trib­ute and cel­e­brate his life. This was the last thing I could do for him.”

The fam­ily raised £ 250 for George Par­son­age of the Royal Hu­mane So­ci­ety who searched the Clyde for John.

Pop­u­lar John’s fam­ily and friends said farewell at a cer­e­mony on Satur­day

Pop­u­lar John Flynn

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