Fam­ily praise great grandad

Trib­utes to County reg­u­lar James

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

The fam­ily of a Ruther­glen man who died sud­denly have paid trib­ute to a“lov­ing grand­fa­ther”.

James Fri­ars lived al­most his en­tire life in Bul­lion­slaw Drive un­til he moved to Swansea with wife Jac­que­line Fri­ars seven years ago.

He died on Thurs­day, June 22, at the age of 64.

His step­son Mar­shall Hayes said: “He was a lov­ing grand­fa­ther and a bril­liant step­dad.

“He was well loved in the com­mu­nity down here in Swansea and up in Glas­gow.

“James had many friends up in Ruther­glen but not a lot of fam­ily.

“He was very well known in the County pub. I don’t know his friends but hope­fully they will see this and get the mes­sage about what hap­pened.”

A pupil at the old Gal­lowflat School, James worked as a paramedic.

He met Jac­que­line 20 years ago while she was liv­ing in Glas­gow and they moved to her na­tive Wales to be nearer her grand­chil­dren.

Dur­ing their re­la­tion­ship he be­came a dot­ing grand­fa­ther to three of Jac­que­line’s grand­chil­dren.

Mar­shall said: “He was amaz­ing with them.

“James was in­ter­ested in lo­cal trans­port mem­o­ra­bilia and World War II mem­o­ra­bilia.

“He was also into mo­tor­bikes. He loved them. He was very easy-going and pop­u­lar.”

The fam­ily are wait­ing for James’ body to be re­leased from a post mortem be­fore a date is set for the fu­neral. Any­one look­ing to at­tend can call Mar­shall on 07551277361.

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