Fam­ily’s warn­ing as drugs kill John

Sis­ter says he was still griev­ing loss of kid brother

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

The fam­ily of a Ruther­glen man who died just 19 months af­ter the loss of his teenage brother have paid trib­ute to him.

John Wil­son, 26, was the brother of Jamie Pater­son who died at the age of 17 from an epilep­tic seizure in April last year.

John’s fam­ily be­lieve his death was caused by him tak­ing a drug known as “temazepam eggs”.

His fam­ily said John had been strug­gling to deal with the death of his mother, Moira, in 2011 and of Jamie last year.

They told the Re­former he had turned to drink and abused pills

but had been clean for 12 weeks af­ter mov­ing in with his sis­ter, Mhairi MacVicar, and her one-year-old daugh­ter, Jamie, at their Burn­hill home.

Mhairi said she wants his death to act as a warn­ing to oth­ers.

His brother, Craig MacVicar, said: “It’s just such a waste. There are a lot of peo­ple who have died in this way around here. We have had pals who have died and now we have lost our brother.”

John, a for­mer pupil at Burgh and Stonelaw, was found in a flat on Green­hill Road on the morn­ing of Mon­day, Novem­ber 6.

Emer­gency ser­vices rushed to the scene but John had al­ready passed away.

His death has left his sib­lings - Craig, Mhairi, David, Dar­ren and Robert dev­as­tated.

He was a dot­ing un­cle to his nieces and neph­ews, es­pe­cially Mhairi’s daugh­ter Jamie.

Pay­ing trib­ute to his brother, Craig said: “Every­one knew John, he was some boy.

“He had a bit of a tough life but he was a good boy and had a good heart.

“In the last few months he had been stay­ing with my sis­ter and with Jamie and he spent most of his time with her.”

Dozens of peo­ple took to Face­book to pay trib­ute to John.

His funeral will take place on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 23, at Linn Cre­ma­to­rium from 1pm.

The fam­ily has re­quested that in­stead of flow­ers, a do­na­tion box will be set up with all pro­ceeds go­ing to Epilepsy Scot­land, a cause close to the fam­ily’s heart.

Craig said: “We have not re­ally got over the loss of Jamie and now this. We can’t even take it in, it just seems sur­real.”

Mhairi, Craig, Robert, David and Dar­ren said they wanted to thank every­one for there kind­ness and sup­port through this dif­fi­cult time.

Tragic John Wil­son’s fam­ily want the death of their much-loved brother be a warn­ing to oth­ers

Missed Brother Jamie

Sad loss John Wil­son

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