'Dad died among his friends...'

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.

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Kerry McGhee is comforted at the funeral of her dad (top right). Picture: Colin Templeton
Kerry McGhee is comforted at the funeral of her dad (top right). Picture: Colin Templeton

Kerry McGhee, 20, joined loved ones, including her brothers Michael, 25, and James Diver, 33, for the funeral service held yesterday at St Margaret Mary's Church in Castlemilk.

Mr McGhee was one of 10 people killed on November 29 when a police helicopter crashed into the Clutha pub.

As reported in later edition's of yesterday's Evening Times, hundreds of people attended the funeral Mass.

A piper played Highland Cathedral and Amazing Grace as Ms McGhee wept for her father.

Her brothers held each other as they helped carry Mr McGhee's coffin into the church.

The service was led by the parish priest, Father Michael Savage.

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

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

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

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson and Lord Provost Sadie Docherty joined grieving friends and family.

Chief Superintendent Barry McEwan from ­Police Scotland also attended, as well as Clutha owner Alan Crossan and manager Saverio Petri.

Following the Mass friends and family moved on to the Linn Crematorium.

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

He lived in the Holmbyre area of Castlemilk and was a well known face in the community. In a touching statement from Mr McGhee's children, they praised the rescue teams for their efforts at the Clutha, as well as the local community and Glasgow residents.

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.

"This has been an intensely painful experience for us but we're strengthened by the knowledge that he passed away a happy man, among friends at a place he loved."

rachel.loxton@eveningtimes.co.uk

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