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R.I.P. Reg,
 thoughts with Gerry and family xxxx

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Rest In Peace Reg

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REST IN PEACE REG                                   
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Reg McKay R.I.P.
 
May the roads rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rain fall soft upon your fields
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

 


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Reg McKay, who has died of cancer at the age of 56, used his career experiences as a social worker in the most-deprived areas of Glasgow to become one of Scotland’s most prolific and best-selling crime writers.

He was 45 when he turned to writing but made up for lost time by producing 16 popular novels over 10 years, several along with former Glasgow gangster and gun-runner Paul Ferris.

Some in the literary establishment looked down at McKay and he never received any literary awards but, with his typical humour, he said his proudest moment was when a manager at Borders book shop in Buchanan Street told him his books were “the most-nicked” from their shelves.

This year, McKay became best-known to many Scots for a column in the Daily Record – Cancer Diaries – chronicling his day-to-day life after he was diagnosed with the disease in January. Latterly too weak to write, he dictated the column to his Glaswegian wife, Gerry. They married in 1990 and Gerry herself has overcome breast cancer.

He faced the disease with defiance and continued to live life on his own terms – with his Armani suits, good white wine and cigarettes. “Cancer doesn’t kill you. It’s giving up that’s deadly,” he said. In his last column he wrote: “One day, death will choose me. That day, there will be no fear.” That day was Monday.

Reginald David McKay was born to a farming family in Keith, at the time in Banffshire but now part of Moray, and attended Keith Grammar School until, aged only 13, he decided school was not for him. “I got into burglary, fights, drugs, sex, rock’n’roll, you name it, by 13,” he said years later. “By 16, I was on a waiting list for institutional care, probably borstal.”

His saving grace was when his father got a job in Glasgow, they moved to Govan and he went to Govan High School, where he was mocked for his north-eastern accent and slashed twice. Watching two schoolboys “hacking each other with meat cleavers”

was an epiphany and he determined to study. He gained enough Highers to win a place at Glasgow University, got an MA in psychology and sociology and moved to Edinburgh with a view to becoming a journalist.

Instead, with his natural affinity with the underdog, he found himself involved in an Edinburgh squat, where he decided helping the homeless directly would be more productive than just writing about them. It was the start of a more than 20-year career in social work which would bring him back to Glasgow, working largely in Blackhill until he was appointed director of social services by Argyll and Bute Council, based in Lochgilphead.

It was while in Blackhill that he found himself writing the court report of an 18-year-old called Paul Ferris, who was serving time in Longriggend Young Offenders’ Institute and had stabbed a fellow inmate, a gang leader. “He was never charged, but the news got out and the word on the street was that he was a dead man,” McKay told the Sunday Herald. “There was something special about Paul Ferris, something different. This was a young kid in the worst possible prison in Europe. Scottish jails were worse than Turkish prisons at the time.”

It was 16 years later, in 1998, when Ferris was in jail in Durham for selling of Uzi submachineguns and McKay had finally decided to have a go at writing that the latter wrote to the former and suggested telling his story in a book. The result was The Ferris Conspiracy, published in 2001, which became a Scottish best-seller after being serialised.

The two later collaborated on the novels Deadly Divisions, Villains and Vendetta. McKay also went on to write The Last Godfather, Murder Capital – Life and Death on the Streets of Glasgow and, along with Glenn Lucas, Murdered or Missing? The Arlene Fraser Case.

On March 14 this year he described to his readers how he had gone to the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Paisley in January after his right arm went limp – only to be told he had a tumour in his lung, another in his brain and had “six months to live, if that”.

“Dead man walking? Me?” he wrote. “Maybe, but as long as I’m walking, I’m living. And kicking. Watch this space.”

After hearing of McKay’s death, one of his best friends, former BBC crime reporter Bob Wylie, recalled asking him if he could help him buy a gun to show how easy it was to get weapons in Glasgow.

“When do you want it? By lunchtime or teatime?” the writer replied.

Another friend, crime writer Harry “The Polis” Morris recalled lunching with McKay at Rogano in Exchange Place. “I told him, ‘I picked up your latest book the other day – couldn’t put it down.’ Before I could add the punchline, he reacted first, ‘Don’t tell me they’re still putting superglue on the book covers’!”

Reg McKay, who died at his home in Paisley, is survived by his wife, Gerry.

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Born July 15, 1953;

Died October 19, 2009.

 

Reg will be laid to rest tomorrow and will be sadly missed by all...

 

Rest In Peace

 

From all here at http://www.ferrisconspiracy.com

 


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Reg McKay was remembered today in a ceremony at Craigton Crematorium, Cardonald to celebrate his life.

Several keynote speeches were given from family and friends and the most poignant was from his wife Gerry.

R.I.P. big man

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Rest in Peace Reg,.. And with the morn those angel faces smile.

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Gary Scott Wilson said:

RIP you were a legend...

Mandy said:

Can't believe you've gone Reg, I must admit I have never read one of your books but avidly read your column every Saturday, you fought your fight with dignity, you'll always be remembered.

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The Bears said:

Gerry just to say thanks for lookin after oor old buddy Reg and for being his pal over the years. I am so so sad that we are now one bear less. My condolences to you and to the rest of the McKay family.
End of chapter ... new chapter begins.
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Jade Webster said:

A brave, inspirational, salt of the earth man.

geri said:

So sorry to hear that Reg has finally succumbed to the illness he tried so hard to fight.His honest and frank column each week in the Record was a help to so many people, not just those going through cancer, but also the families whose loved ones are suffering with this dreadful disease. My thoughts are with his wife Gerry who must be absolutely devastated. One thing came through his column every week loud and clear was that he was utterly devoted to Gerry and typical of the big man, his concern was always for her rather than himself. R.I.P Reg x

Chris H said:

RIP Reg.
You made me smile ecah and every week.
A true Genius.

Margaret said:

RIP Reg thinking of Gerry and you're family at this sad time, I read a few of you're books and also resd you're column every saturday you were a brave man and will be sadly missed.

lorna johnston said:

It was such a shock to see Reg had died in todays paper
nothing prepared us for this coming so quick.
Will remember you more fully on my Sunday Mail heart of scotland blog reg.
Thanks for bringing us a lot of laughter humour fun and heartbreaking moments in your cancer diaries.
I bet they are laughing up there in heaven right now.
Gerry,I am thinking of you at this time.
SO this is for you.
The way He wrote
His personal touch
Had come to mean
So very much
But now he's gone
In pain no more
We'll mourn his passing
With love outpoured.
Take care Gerry, miss you Reg.
Love and best wishes at this sad time
Lorna Johnston(LSJ blogger)

Janice Black said:

So sorry to hear of the loss of Reg I enjoyed his diaries and when taken ill he was so positive and brave i send my heartfelt sympathy to his beloved Gerry and all his family

Mary Bannister said:

So sad to hear Reg is gone, such a brave,inspirational and funny guy.
Everyone will miss his weekly column on a Saturday, it gave so many people hope.Take care Gerry.Love and best wishes Mary B.

Craig C said:

I am very sorry to hear about Reg's death. Although I have never read any of his books and must confess I never heard of him before the cancer diares but have read his column every week. Sometimes funny sometimes scary always informative and full of praise for his doctors family and friends and of course his 'woman'. I always thought he would pull through. Reading what he has been through has made me hope that if I'm ever unlucky enough to have cancer I hope I can face it the way he did, With a fag in my mouth and a smile on my face. Someone once said;
'Death smiles on everyone, all we can do is smile back'

DannyT said:

Reg you were a great writer and seemed like a lovely bloke , I guess it's true the good die young . RIP , condolences to your friends and family ..

doreen milton said:

What a different world this will be without reg mckay. What a strong brave woman you are gerry. As reg said to me a few times "you take good care" my thoughts are with you and the family at this sad time x

Jackie Daisley said:

I was so sorry to hear about the death of Reg McKay. My sympath to Gerry and all his family. The caner diaries were an inspiration to cancer sufferers and their families. They had you laughing out loud one minute and greeting the next. A special and brave man.

Jackie Daisley said:

I was so sorry to hear about the death of Reg McKay. My sympathy to Gerry and all his family. The cancer diaries were an inspiration to cancer sufferers and their families. They had you laughing out loud one minute and greeting the next. A very special and brave man.

maureen dickson said:

I read your column every Saturday and cried today when I heard the news of your death. You faced your illness with great spirit and humour. May God care for you now. xx

David B said:

Sincere condolences to Gerry & all freinds and family. Thank you Reg, for allowing us into your life - one which I hope is to be celebrated. You may have lost a fight, but not the battle.
Respect from 'South of the Border'.

David B said:

Sincere condolences to Gerry, & to all family and friends. He may have lost the fight - but won a helluva lot of respect.

Rosemarie said:

I was saddened tonight to hear of Reg's passing. I looked forward to reading his column every Saturday, he was an inspiration and could make me laugh and cry in the space of a few minutes. I will raise my next glass of red wine to him. Condolences to Gerry and the rest of his family. RIP

linda mccafferty said:

Im going to miss you Reg , my sincere condolences to you Gerry , i commend you on your loving care you gave to this brave man ........may he now rest in peace .

rikki said:

reg mckay gone but will never be forgotten
the strength he passed to my partner with his diarys is tremedous.

heart felt sympathy to Gerry and family

Shane OG said:

We were lucky to get to know Reg and Gerry via some friends during their visit's to England, he truly was one of life's great characters and it was our pleasure to know him. Our thoughts and love are with Gerry and the family. RIP Reg.

Linda McGregor said:

It was with a heavy heart I heard the news of Reg's passing. I was lucky enough to have had a reply from him to an earlier post I made in the summer, and I will treasure it always. Reg touched the hearts and minds of so many with his writings and that, along with his bravery, will be his legacy.
Gerry, love like you and Reg so obviously shared is very rare and nothing, not even death, will ever change it. A light has gone out in the world now.
RIP Reg. x

liz murray said:

god bless ,so sad to hear of Reg's passing, loved reading his cancer diaries in the record

stella hirrsz said:

When my dad, John Kilgariff died, I was sitting in the kitchen beside Reg, tears streaming down my face. I was heartbroken! I turned to Reg and said "I can't handle this!" Reg looked me in the eye and answered me gently "Yeh, but the thing to remember is that he could." He was so right. Dad could, and that was what was the most important thing. I pass Reg's comforting comment on. Rest in peace Reg. Love you lots.

Stella xxx

Alma Darroch said:

Today I feel great sadness at the loss of Reg McKay. His Cancer Diaries helped me through my own recent challenge of breast cancer. His wit+humour was my first stop on a Saturday. My thoughts are with Gerry now. He was a wonderful man.God Bless!

ann reid said:

R.I.P Reg, to Gerry I say live life the way Reg would want for you, & please him by chair JIVING in the kitchen once a day,

Caroline Campbell said:

I was so sad when my husband phoned me early on Tuesday and told me about Reg. I looked forward every week to his column and his wonderful stories. Gerry you were a very lucky lady having a man that loved you so much.I will miss him very much. x

JOHN LAND said:

MY WIFE ATTENDEDGARTNAVEL BEATSON SAME TIME AS REG AND I KNEW I KNEW THE MAN TWAS ONLY WHEN I READ HIS GREAT COLUMN IT CHEERED US UP NO END, THE GUYS A HERO AND I HOPE HIS GOOD LADY IS WELL AND GOOD, JOHN


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In Loving Memory Of Reg

Such a joy you brought
To many in life
Bringing us a smile
Now we think of your dear wife

The courage you showed
Proudly we are
Your memory will always last
Among stars high & far

Your humor one of a kind
Closing our eyes
We think of the good times
True friends often hard to find

Whatever way the wind blows
We will always know
From the silent skies above
You will always shine, your love

Upon your dear wife Gerry
Something we’ll always remember
Your family and friends
Through the days shed a tear

Taking a minute wishing you where here
And at night collecting our tears
Then we say, you’re at peace,
We imagine that you are near

Goodbye Reg, angels wait for you
Proudly we are, to have a friend so true
Somewhere very near, your laughter we’ll hear
Then we’ll know, we have nothing to fear
 
 
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                Cheers mate' forward it onto Paul see if he likes it

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http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/editors-choice/2009/10/21/farewell-to-record-columnist-reg-mckay-the-king-of-the-crimewriters-86908-21762807/


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Sorry for taking so long to post this message. I have the utmost admiration and repect for Reg (RIP) despite the pain and suffering he was experiencing he cared enough to take the time to explain his reasons for donating his organs to save another life and even though it’s a long shot it could have been my lived he saved as i need a lung transplant. What an honour that would have been to have your life saved by such a gifted wonderful person.
Reg's Blog
It reminded me of some business I need to clear up before the dread day. I call it a small gift to strangers. You call it organ donation. A sensitive topic for many people, I've no plan to try to convince you one way or another. The rest of my life I'd been too busy. Aren't we all? When a body is dead, it's dead, I believe. So if they can use a few organs or eyes to give life or sight to someone else, then why not? I've never had to question that until now. Why? to try to save someone else's life.  Slag me any way you want but don't call me selfish......
" Unless you're asking for a right good spooking" .lol 


Thank you Reg,  x x

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Reg must have been an amazing man with an equally amazing sense of humour reading his blog.

Rest in peace Reg. x
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