Family’s tribute to ‘our special son’

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THE congregation attending the funeral of Graham Milroy, pictured, have been asked to wear bright colours to celebrate his life.

The service for Mr Milroy, of Torwoodlee, near Galashiels, takes place tomorrow at Trinity Church at 12.30pm, followed by interment at Heatheryett Cemetery at 1.15pm.

The 24-year-old died last Wednesday after his vehicle collided with a Skoda Octavia on the A7 just outside Galashiels at around 5.20pm.

The Tesco worker was freed from the wreckage of his Citroen Saxo by firefighters, but died shortly afterwards at Borders General Hospital with his family by his side.

In a statement, they said the former Galashiels Academy pupil, who would have turned 25 next month, was a “much-loved caring son and brother”.

They added: “He loved music and working out daily, and was a dedicated worker.

“He had applied to three universities this year and had long-term plans to join the army, and was looking forward to the future. We will miss our special son dearly.”

Hundreds of tributes have been paid to Mr Milroy on his Facebook page by work colleagues, friends and family.

Sister Gemma wrote: “Graham, I seriously couldn’t have asked for a better brother or friend. All you did was give and refuse to take anything in return.”

And cousin Megan Jayne Park said on the social network site: “Can’t stop thinking about you, cousin. I love and miss you so much. It’s horrible you have been taken from us so soon – it’s not fair.”

And his father, also named Graham, wrote to his friends: “On behalf of my family I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your kind comments, cards, calls and support – it has been overwhelming and helped us all in these dark days.”

Police and ambulance crews were also called to the accident scene half-a-mile north of Galashiels. A police spokesperson said the Skoda driver sustained minor injuries.

The A7 was closed until 11pm while a crash investigation was carried out. Police say they are no longer looking for witnesses.