GOOD­BYE MES­SAGE

Pub boss leaves sad post on Face­book be­fore be­ing found dead in bar

Rutherglen Reformer - - FRONT PAGE - Marc McLean

A pop­u­lar pub­li­can was found dead in his pub on Mon­day – shortly af­ter post­ing “good­bye world” on his Face­book page.

Fern­hill dad Gra­ham Bis­sett, who ran The Cathkin Inn, alarmed his many friends and fam­ily on­line with the farewell mes­sage at around 9am. The much-loved man’s page was flooded with mes­sages ask­ing if he was okay – and their con­cerns led to the emer­gency ser­vices ar­riv­ing at the pub.

Gra­ham, who was due to give up the pub this week af­ter four years in charge, was found dead in­side.

The 58-year-old’s shock death has left many peo­ple across Ruther­glen dev­as­tated, and hun­dreds of mes­sages have been left on his Face­book page.

His friend Ste­wart Maxwell wrote: “Can­not be­lieve it. One of my old­est pals has gone.

“God bless u. See u on the other side.”

Trib­utes have poured in for a pop­u­lar pub­li­can who was found dead in the pub he ran for four years on Mon­day.

The Ruther­glen com­mu­nity has been left stunned by the sud­den death of Gra­ham Bis­sett, who was due to give up his du­ties as land­lord of The Cathkin Inn this week.

The 58-year-old dad leaves be­hind his wife Danielle, son Gra­ham and daugh­ter Chantelle.

Gra­ham, orig­i­nally from Fern­hill, was well-known for his great sense of hu­mour and used to en­ter­tain as a DJ and im­per­son­ator be­fore tak­ing over the Cathkin Inn.

How­ever, he posted sev­eral con­cern­ing mes­sages on Face­book in re­cent weeks, in­clud­ing one which heart­break­ingly said “good­bye world” at around 9am on Mon­day.

Con­cerned friends and fam­ily mem­bers im­me­di­ately reached out to Gra­ham on so­cial me­dia and also alerted the emer­gency ser­vices.

A Po­lice Scot­land spokesman yes­ter­day con­firmed that Gra­ham was found dead in The Cathkin Inn at 9.50am.

He said: “There are no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances. A re­port will be sub­mit­ted to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal.”

Gra­ham had en­joyed a hol­i­day in Tener­ife with Danielle just last month and shared up­dates and pic­tures with his Face­book friends.

And on Au­gust 27 he shared a short video with the words: “To all my fam­ily and friends, I just want to tell you that I love you. Be­cause yes­ter­day is gone, to­day is al­most over and to­mor­row is not promised.”

How­ever, in the past cou­ple of weeks it ap­pears that run­ning the pub was putting a strain on Gra­ham.

On Septem­ber 16, he wrote on Face­book: “Is it worth four years in the pub? Hope the next per­son that takes over the pub will make a bet­ter go of it cos mar­riage comes first.”

Among the replies Gra­ham’s daugh­ter Chantelle com­mented: “What a re­lief off all our shoul­ders (fam­ily)...time to leave it be­hind and think of your fam­ily.”

Fern­hill man Davy O’Neil knew Gra­ham for many years and they were both part of a big­ger group that went to Rangers matches to­gether.

Davy, 57, said: “Gra­ham was a great man, he could liven up any party.

“He was the DJ at my grand­daugh­ter’s Chris­ten­ing sev­eral years ago and ev­ery­one had fun wher­ever he played.

“Some­times he would come in dressed as Elvis, then two min­utes later ap­pear wear­ing a com­edy mask for a laugh.

“That’s the kind of funny char­ac­ter he was, he had a fan­tas­tic sense of

Gra­ham was a great man, he could liven up any party and ev­ery­one had fun

Mr Pop­u­lar Gra­ham Bis­sett was found dead on Mon­day

Trib­utes Flow­ers and cards out­side the Ruther­glen pub

In high re­gard Fam­ily and friends have left flow­ers and cards out­side Gra­ham’s pub

The Cathkin Inn Gra­ham Bis­set ran the pub on Mill Road but had de­cided to walk away from the busi­ness af­ter four years

Top guy Hun­dreds of trib­utes have been paid to Gra­ham Bis­sett

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