Son pays mov­ing trib­ute to in­spi­ra­tional dad

Ayrshire Post - - Front Page - Stu­art Wilson

A colour­ful en­tre­pre­neur who died sud­denly in his sleep has been hailed for liv­ing life to the full.

Craig Bryson was just 47.

His stunned fam­ily this week paid trib­ute to the busi­ness mogul for be­ing their “in­spi­ra­tion”.

Son Daniel, 25, said the fam­ily were dev­as­tated.

“Dad was a man who lived life in the fast lane and went out at his peak,” he added.

“He did more in his 47 years than most peo­ple would do in 100.

“He en­joyed a cou­ple of Jack Daniels’ and a cig­a­rette the night be­fore he died and sim­ply never woke up.

“But we are tak­ing com­fort from the fact he suf­fered no pain.”

The re­sult of a post mortem to de­ter­mine the cause of death was due to­day ( Wed­nes­day).

Craig rose to promi­nence as the founder of Dig­i­tal Kitchens and Bed­rooms be­fore join­ing forces with art phe­nom­e­non, Steven Brown.

An in­spi­ra­tional dad, de­voted hus­band and driv­ing force in the busi­ness world.

Craig Bryson’s sud­den death has shocked Ayr­shire this week, leav­ing with it a mas­sive void in so many lives.

But now those clos­est to him have vowed to hon­our his legacy as only he would know how.

A post mortem was due to­day ( Wed­nes­day).

Craig, who was 47, died in his sleep at his home in Prest­wick.

Son Daniel said: “We are try­ing to be pos­i­tive.

“Dad was an in­spi­ra­tion to so many and would not want peo­ple mop­ing around.

“He was show­ing no ob­vi­ous signs of ill health and has gone out on a high.

“He got to en­joy his life by work­ing hard and mak­ing the most of it.

“And we have been truly touched by the num­ber of peo­ple who have come for­ward to say just how much of an im­pact he had on their own lives.”

As a fledg­ling teen en­tre­pre­neur, Kil­marnock lad, Craig, started on his road to for­tune work­ing in his dad’s fur­ni­ture shop.

The pair then launched the Cur­tain Time stall in Ayr’s In­door Mar­ket and, from there, Craig’s thirst for trade took off.

His own shop in Ayr’s Car­rick Street quickly fol­lowed, as did ex­pan­sion into the mir­rors, pic­ture and art­work field.

Daniel, 25, said: “Dad was into a bit of ev­ery­thing but I guess peo­ple will know him mostly for Dig­i­tal Kitchens and Bed­rooms.

“He founded that com­pany in 2011 and it be­came a huge suc­cess.”

Daniel, who fol­lowed his dad into the busi­ness and is now Dig­i­tal’s as­sis­tant man­ager, added: “Lat­terly he had been en­joy­ing a fan­tas­tic time with Steven Brown Art.

“The pair of them were child­hood friends and dad knew there was a big tal­ent there in Steven and a huge busi­ness op­por­tu­nity.

“Their busi­ness has gone in­ter­na­tional and given my dad some amaz­ing times.

“He lived the good life, got to drive his su­per­cars and loved ev­ery minute of it.

“But he never for­got who he was and a more gen­er­ous guy you could not meet.

“As far as we’re con­cerned he has gone out on a high and we are de­ter­mined to cel­e­brate his life as that’s what he would want.

“The fu­neral will not be a sausage roll and scones af­fair and we are hop­ing to get in a cou­ple of singers and make it a real party in his hon­our.”

Craig is sur­vived by wife Linda, sons Daniel and Lewis, brother Martin, sis­ter Lynne and dad Bill. Craig’s fu­neral will take place at Prest­wick’s King­case Church on Mon­day, Novem­ber 5 at 12.30pm. From there it is on to Ayr Cemetery and the Carl­ton Ho­tel.

Colour­ful char­ac­ter Craig Bryson, who died in his sleep aged just 47

True love Craig and wife Linda

Top team Busi­ness part­ners Steven and Craig en­joyed huge suc­cess

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