Weisfelds mourn son's shock death

RETAIL tycoon Vera Weisfeld has been left devastated after the shock death of her eldest son.

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Property boss John McDonald, 51, died suddenly leaving Vera, 74, and second husband Gerald heartbroken.

John, of Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, ran a housing firm with his Celtic director brother Michael.

John also worked as managing director of Weisfeld's, a store Gerald and his mother opened in Glasgow in 1995. They sold high street chain What Everyone Wants for £50million in 1990.

The family have been left shattered by the death.

John's brother Michael

RETAIL tycoon Vera Weisfeld has been left devastated after the shock death of her eldest son.

Property boss John McDonald, 51, died suddenly leaving Vera, 74, and second husband Gerald, heartbroken.

John, of Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, ran a housing firm with his Celtic director brother Michael.

John also worked as managing director of Weisfeld's, a store Gerald and his mother opened in Glasgow in 1995. They sold high street chain What Everyone Wants for £50million in 1990.

The family have been left shattered by the death.

John's brother Michael has been a director at Celtic since 1994 and is the youngest members of the Board.

He used to be one of the largest shareholders at the club behind chairman Dermot Desmond.

A spokesman for the club said: "The loss of John at such a young age is tragic news and the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic are very much with Mrs Weisfeld, Michael McDonald and the wider family at this very difficult time.

"Clearly they will receive every support required from the Club. We would also request that the family's privacy is respected at this time".

Gerald Weisfeld bought a shop in Glasgow in 1971 and named it What Every Woman Wants.

His wife Vera worked alongside him in building the business and soon turned it in to one of Scotland's most illustrious high street chains.

They believed that the company should put something back in to the communities that supported it and set up the Weisfeld Foundation.

The Foundation - which John was also involved with - co-ordinates charity work in Africa, Europe, America and throughout the UK.

The family are said to be "devastated" and it is believed plans are being made for John's funeral.

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