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Family's funeral praise for a 'dedicated' father

THE daughter of Clutha victim Samuel McGhee held a red rose and a photograph of her father as she joined mourners to say farewell to a "dedicated" man.

FINAL JOURNEY: Kerry McGhee clutches the photograph of her father, Samuel, as the coffin is carried from the church. Picture: Colin Templeton
FINAL JOURNEY: Kerry McGhee clutches the photograph of her father, Samuel, as the coffin is carried from the church. Picture: Colin Templeton

Kerry McGhee, 20, joined loved ones, including her brothers Michael, 25, and James Diver, 33, for the funeral service yesterday at St Margaret Mary's Church in Castlemilk, Glasgow. Mr McGhee, 56, lived in the Holmbyre area of Castlemilk

A piper played Highland Cathedral and Amazing Grace as Ms McGhee wept for her father. Her brothers held each other as they helped carry the coffin into the church.

Among those present were Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson, Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, Chief Superintendent Barry McEwan, Clutha owner Alan Crossan and pub manager Saverio Petri.

The order of service included a photograph of Mr McGhee with his late partner Liz and a touching poem with the words: "Some people just can't help making a difference in our lives."

Mr McGhee's partner Liz - the mother of Michael and Kerry - died after an illness about six years ago.

At the end of the Mass, which was led by the parish priest, Father Michael Savage, the bells rang out as mourners were led out of the church and a flower arrangement that read: "Dad" was placed on the coffin.

Ms McGhee was comforted by relatives as she held on to the picture of her father and the rose.

Following the Mass, friends and family were invited to the Linn Crematorium and then the Millcroft, Rutherglen.

A statement from Mr McGhee's children called their father "dedicated" and praised the rescue teams for their efforts at the Clutha. They said: "It's been an incredibly difficult time for us and everyone involved with the tragedy, but the support from family, friends and the people of Glasgow has been overwhelming.

"Special thanks must be extended to the police liaison officers and the local Castlemilk community, in particular the people of Holmbyre, who have been unbelievably ­helpful and generous.

"Our father was a dedicated partner to our late mother and a dedicated parent to his children.

"As you can imagine this has been an intensely painful experience for us, but we are strengthened by the knowledge that he passed away a happy man, among friends at a place he loved."

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