Inspirational teenager will never be forgotten

craig cathie
craig cathie

MORE than 750 people have bid farewell to a much-loved teenager – tragically killed in a hillwalking accident.

Craig Cathie was a talented hockey player and tireless worker in the community.

Friends and family gathered at Chryston Parish Church to celebrate his life – including mourners from America and Australia.

Craig was walking with a group in the Flowersdale Estate area of Gairloch when he fell between 20 and 30 feet and injured his head.

The 19-year-old was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital, in Inverness, after the accident on Monday, January 23, but he later died.

The Reverend David J. McAdam, of Chryston Parish Church, said people travelled from places as far away as Australia, the USA, Germany and Belgium for the funeral.

Craig was well known within the world of Scottish hockey and played and umpired regularly for Stepps Hockey Club.

Craig and his family – parents Connie and Brian and brother Martin – lived in Bishopbriggs before they moved to Moodiesburn in 2000.

As a child he attended Auchinairn Primary, Glenmanor Primary and Chryston High School. He also worked for North Lanarkshire Council.

At the time of his passing, Craig was in the second week of a six-month programme with Christians in Sport Academy, which is based near Oxford. The programme is committed to developing the faith of young people and their ability to use sport to help others.

A tribute read at the service said: “Craig was honoured by many of his friends as ‘their best friend’. He was sociable and outgoing; a good listener and carer.”

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