THE father of tragic Teri Ross McCusker who died in Cyprus has paid warm tribute to a popular son who lived life to the full.
George McCusker has spoken of the family’s devastation after Celtic-fan Ross was found dead in his girlfriend’s flat in Paphos on July 16.
But bereaved Mr McCusker, who runs the Spar shop in Dickson Street with wife Kath, says the family was able to take some comfort last week from a gathering held on the holiday island in the 29-year old’s honour.
Having flown to Cyprus following the heartbreaking news to join his other son George, who lives there and works in construction, Mr McCusker said: “It was an absolute nightmare of a week and we had a lot of trouble with the red-tape, but Ross had a lot of friends and on Friday night there must have been about 100 people came along to a local bar to have a drink in his memory. And there was a lot of older people there as well which was great to see, because he just got on with everyone.”
His brother George said the whole family was “heartbroken” by the death of Ross, whom for the past five years had been living and working on the holiday hot-spot alongside him in his business building houses and swimming pools.
It was a life which his Dad said Ross thoroughly enjoyed, although he would often return to Hawick – and was in fact due to return for a week-long visit next month.
Describing Ross’s love for his hometown, Mr McCusker recalled: “He was a Hawick boy through and through. He especially loved the Common-Riding and asked to follow the Cornet when he was a boy, so I took him for a few lessons at Dryden and that was him. I remember being a nervous wreck as the horses galloped onto the racecourse that first time and he was amongst them, but he loved it.”
Ross’s fun-loving nature was highlighted amongst many tributes paid on the social networking site Facebook. Lana Torrie wrote: “Sitting at home having a wee drink, talking about you and the times we had together. You’re some boy and had a few belly laughs tonight. Thanks for all the good times.” Ross’s sister Shelley Stott said: “Goodbye Ross, you are gone but never forgotten. You will always be in my heart and mind brother.”
His second brother James was travelling from his home in Cairns, Australia, to join the grieving family.
Poignantly, brother George’s partner, who due to being pregnant was unable to fly from Cyprus to attend the funeral, at 12.15pm yesterday as the family said their goodbyes to Ross at Wellogate cemetery, was due to light a candle in a Paphos church.