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