Tam trib­utes

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Flo­ral trib­utes have been left for a young fa­ther found dead in a car­a­van on a Whit­law­burn es­tate on Fri­day.

Thomas McCarthy was dis­cov­ered in the car park of Bute Tower on Au­gust 19.

Flo­ral trib­utes have been left for a young fa­ther found dead in a car­a­van on a Whit­law­burn es­tate on Fri­day.

Thomas McCarthy, be­lieved to have two small chil­dren, was dis­cov­ered in the car­a­van in the car park of Bute Tower, Cam­bus­lang, at around 11.30am on Au­gust 19.

The cause of his death, which has left the com­mu­nity stunned, is not yet clear but it is un­der­stood he may have been ex­posed to gas.

Po­lice say there are no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the 29-yearold’s death. On Mon­day, dozens of flo­ral trib­utes were left out­side Bute Tower.

They de­scribed a lov­ing fa­ther, brother and friend.

A note left on be­half of one of his chil­dren, Tianna, said: “Daddy, Be the bright­est star in the sky so I can al­ways see you. Love you.”

An­other note read: “Thomas, to have been part of your life and have so many fond mem­o­ries doesn’t make this any eas­ier. I pray you are in peace and found that free­dom.

“Look af­ter Jack and Tianna and let us know when you are around us.”

Thomas’s sib­ling wrote: “Brother, I know you’ll be watch­ing over me al­ways. I’ll never for­get you.”

His friends also signed and tied Celtic strips to the rail­ings at Bute Tower in recog­ni­tion of a foot­ball fan who loved the Glas­gow side.

Paul Far­rell, di­rec­tor of West Whit­law­burn Hous­ing Co­op­er­a­tive, which owns Bute Tower, said: “Thomas was very well known in West Whit­law­burn and had been a ten­ant of a flat in Bute Tower for the past three and a half years. Many of our staff knew Thomas per­son­ally.

“The close-knit com­mu­nity of West Whit­law­burn has been shocked and deeply sad­dened by this tragic event and our thoughts are with Thomas’ loved ones.

“Our concierge staff were alerted to cir­cum­stances late on Fri­day morn­ing, when Thomas was found in the car­a­van in the car park, and acted ac­cord­ingly and alerted the po­lice.”

A spokes­woman for Po­lice Scot­land said: “Around 11.30am on Fri­day, Au­gust 19, 2016, the body of a 29-year-old man was dis­cov­ered within a car­a­van that was si­t­u­ated in the car park of Bute Tower/ Clifton Ter­race, Cam­bus­lang.

“A post mortem ex­am­i­na­tion will take place in due course to es­tab­lish the ex­act cause of death how­ever, po­lice are not treat­ing the death as sus­pi­cious.

“A re­port will be sent to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal.”

Pop­u­lar Thomas had many friends in West Whit­law­burn

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