Bothwell teacher will be sadly missed

A POPULAR Bothwell teacher died suddenly aged 58 last Saturday (February 5) while playing golf.

Gerry Colgan, depute head at St Bride’s and St Andrew’s High in East Kilbride, collapsed on the course at Bothwell Castle.

He was airlifted by air ambulance from the course but medics could do nothing for him.

There was a massive turnout at his funeral at St Bride’s Church in Bothwell on Thursday (February 10) and his body was later laid to rest at Bothwellpark Cemetery.

South Lanarkshire Council’s executive director of education resources said: “We were deeply saddened to hear the tragic news about Gerry Colgan.

“He made a massive contribution to education over the many years of his career, always showing great care and compassion for children, young people and colleagues.”

A Facebook page entitled Rest in Peace Mr Gerry Colgan attracted hundreds of messages from pupils, family and friends.

His nephew James Colgan posted: “You were always a great man and you have been one of the people I have looked up to the most.”

Away from teaching Gerry had a distinguished career as a professional footballer at clubs including Queen’s Park, Clydebank and Hamilton Academical.

Full story in February 17 edition of Times & Speaker