Hundreds say last goodbye to Billy
Over 400 people attended the funeral of a Cambuslang man who died suddenly this month.
Billy Wilson was laid to rest at South Lanarkshire Crematorium on Friday.
Popular Billy, 62, had stayed in Cambuslang for over 20 years and had become a well known face. He was a member of Cambuslang Volunteers Flute Band, who held a parade to the Holepark Club for him and a short service at the Garden of Remembrance before his funeral.
Despite suffering heart problems and kidney disease, Billy’s death was sudden.
He had recently beaten cancer and was in remission but took unwell shortly after the New Year.
He was taken to Hairmyres Hospital but died from septicaemia on January 3.
His death has left wife Margo, 56, daughters Lauren, 27, and Katie, 22, sister Lorraine and best pal Stevie Cullen devastated.
But Lauren said the support they have received from others has been overwhelming.
She said: “People have been brilliant. The support we have had has been amazing.
“He would have loved to see so many people there. He just loved talking to people. Everywhere we went he was always talking to someone he knew.
“What happened was really out of the blue. He was in remission for his cancer.
“He was feeling better but on the Monday he thought he had indigestion. When it didn’t get better Mum took him to hospital.
“Because his heart was not pumping blood through his bowel properly there was a blockage and that caused septicaemia.
“He had been through lots of things. He was in hospital all the time and had always bounced back.”
Originally from Riddrie, Billy met his wife while working at Booker’s cash and carry in Rutherglen.
He and Margo moved to Halfway before a short stint in Oxford when he was promoted through work.
They returned to Cambuslang over 20 years ago, eventually settling in Rosebank Drive.
Billy was registered disabled and was unable to work in his final years.
Lauren said: “He had friends everywhere. Not so much in the later years but he followed Rangers everywhere when he was younger and when we were in Oxford he would go and watch Chelsea.
“He loved helping the community. When my sister went to nursery he was on the committee and dressed up as Santa and things like that. He even stayed on it when she went to school.”
Lauren thanked Holepark Social Club, the Cambuslang Volunteers, Joseph Nelson funeral directors and the Halfway Loyal Supporters Club for the main floral display made by Annemarie Ducie.
Popular Billy was a member of the Cambuslang Volunteers Flute Band