Family’s warning as drugs kill John
Sister says he was still grieving loss of kid brother
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