Sad farewell

The Oban Times - - LOCHABER TIMES & OBAN TIMES - NEILL BO FIN­LAYSON nfin­layson@oban­

MORE than 400 mourn­ers gath­ered at a spe­cial cer­e­mony in Fort Wil­liam on Sun­day to pay their last re­spects to a pop­u­lar Lochaber teenager who was trag­i­cally killed in a car crash last week.

MORE than 400 mourn­ers gath­ered at a spe­cial cer­e­mony in Fort Wil­liam on Satur­day to pay their re­spects to a Lochaber teenager who was trag­i­cally killed in a car crash last week.

Kyle Bruce, 17, from Spean Bridge, was alone in his par­ents’ Audi A3 when it crashed on the A82 on Oc­to­ber 25. It is be­lieved the car skid­ded on a wet road sur­face and went down an em­bank­ment.

Kyle’s fam­ily have been left dev­as­tated by his loss and de­scribed him as a ‘beloved cheeky and happy son’ and ‘best pal and hero’ to his brother Lee.

In the touch­ing fu­neral ser­vice, fam­ily and friends gath­ered at the Ne­vis Cen­tre to cel­e­brate the life of the tal­ented engi­neer­ing stu­dent.

The fam­ily were de­ter­mined to ful­fil Kyle’s wish to get into the box­ing ring with his tal­ented boxer brother and de­cided to hold the cer­e­mony in the box­ing ring at the Ne­vis Cen­tre.

Kyle’s par­ents An­drea and Kevin said: ‘We dearly wanted to give Kyle the best send off. He al­ways promised to get into the box­ing ring and do a friendly knock-about with Lee.

‘Hold­ing his fu­neral in the ring was the best way to recog­nise the close bond be­tween our boys.

‘The cer­e­mony was planned to re­flect Kyle’s life. We wanted it to be a cel­e­bra­tion of ev­ery­thing that brought him joy.

‘We have lost a won­der­ful son and brother, and miss him more than words can say.’

Kyle’s brother Lee, 19, a mem­ber of the Lochaber Phoenix Box­ing Club, added: ‘Kyle al­ways en­cour­aged me to do things and in his mem­ory I will make sure that I can keep go­ing know­ing he will al­ways be with me ev­ery step of the way.

‘I will do my brother proud through­out life’s chal­lenges as that’s what he would have wanted me to do. I will miss you Kyle and I am proud to call you my brother.’

Po­lice es­corted a mo­tor­cade of more than 100 cars from his home in Spean Bridge to the Ne­vis Cen­tre, pass­ing through Fort Wil­liam High Street, as fam­ily and friends came to show their sup­port.

Kyle’s fa­ther Kevin said: ‘As Kyle’s fam­ily, we have wit­nessed one of our worst tragedies in our lives. Like ev­ery­one here, we are strug­gling to un­der­stand what hap­pened that day. We are try­ing to cope with what hap­pened and find a way for­ward.

‘We have only lived in this area for five years and would just like to thank Lochaber for the huge sup­port and over­whelm­ing gen­eros­ity shown to us at this heart­break­ing time.’

Kyle had only passed his driv­ing test six months ear­lier and it was his am­bi­tion to be­come a highly skilled me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer af­ter pass­ing ex­ams at Inverness Col­lege.

The for­mer Lochaber High School pupil’s cof­fin was cus­tom-made to re­flect his love of cars, with his two favourite mod­els – the Ford ST and RS – in­cor­po­rated in the de­sign of the cas­ket.

Fam­ily fu­neral di­rec­tor Scott Green­lees said: ‘Kyle’s fam­ily were de­ter­mined to make this a per­fect ser­vice for him.

‘He al­ways joked with his brother Lee that he could take him on in the ring. Sadly, Kyle did not live to have that friendly knock-about.

‘So the fam­ily have done ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to pay trib­ute to his en­joy­ment for life and love of cars. They did not want peo­ple to mourn but in­stead cel­e­brate Kyle’s life.’

At the cer­e­mony, trib­utes were paid from his mum An­drea, his dad Kevin, his brother Lee, his girl­friend Lily and best friend Philip.

All pho­to­graphs: An­thony MacMil­lan Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Kyle Bruce makes his last jour­ney through Fort Wil­liam High Street fol­lowed by a pro­ces­sion of cars.

Lead­ing the cortege was a Blue Ford RS, Kyle’s dream car, fol­lowed by nearly 100 other cars, mainly Fords, which in­cluded fam­ily friends and kind-hearted Ford own­ers who came to show their sup­port.

Kyle’s cof­fin is car­ried from the Ne­vis Cen­tre passed a shinty guard of hon­our.

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