Hun­dreds say last good­bye to Billy

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Douglas Dickie

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

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