Vital funds raised for cancer charities in memory of football coach

John with his family in 2012
John with his family in 2012

A Bishopbriggs woman whose football coach husband lost his battle with skin cancer has been stunned at the amount of money donated in his memory.

John Templeman passed away in July last year from malignant melanoma, seven years after he found a mole on his waist.

Tragically, the former coach with youth football club Rossvale had been given the all-clear on his 50th birthday just a year before his death.

Evelyn, of Dunnichen Gardens, who has two daughters, Ashleigh (25), Amy (23) and a son, Daniel (20) said: “John’s death is still very raw for the family but I would like to thank everyone for their support and fundraising efforts.

“John was a joiner, very well known locally and very popular. He started coaching the boys at Rossvale 14 years ago and travelled abroad with the team to Amsterdam for matches.”

So far more than £2,000 has been raised to be split jointly between Cancer Research Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Nurses.

Evelyn said: “We raised £918 at his funeral and I then decided to do ‘Go Sober’ in October and was overwhelmed to raise £560 online.”

Rossvale Youth Football Club then stepped in and organised a tournament which raised a further £600 in May.

Evelyn said: “Iain at the club called to say he would like to do this in John’s memory.”