Brit struck down by pneumonia on holiday dies day before mum arrives for final goodbye


 The sleepy town of Blantyre, Lanarks, Scotland, has been rocked to its core following the tragic death of Alan McVey  The 37-year-old was tragically struck down by pneumonia while on holiday with his husband Alan Aitchison  It is understood that the recruitment worker contracted the lung infection just days after arriving in the North America country  The part-time fitness instructor was rushed to hospital late last week but died on Monday – just one day before his mum Janice, 67, was due to arrive at his bedside  His devastated father Gordon confirmed that Alan’s body was due to be flown back to Scotland ahead of the funeral    He said: “Alan was ultra-fit. He was healthy when he left for Mexico but took ill a couple of days in  “It got worse and worse so he contacted a doctor and he took him to hospital. “He was in hospital for about nine days where they diagnosed pneumonia  “My wife was all set to go over and see him on Tuesday but then we were told he was dead on Monday ” Work colleagues and locals have paid tribute to the much-loved Blantyre man. One post on Facebook read: “Like many people in Blantyre we’re deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the sad passing of popular local man, Alan McVey    “He certainly lived life to the full. His likeable, kind nature saw him make many friends in and outwith Blantyre  “Alan had a great sense of humour, fun-loving nature and people were naturally drawn to him  “Hardworking and clever, he also won many accolades at work, a real rising star. “Others will know Alan for his passionate hobby in keeping fit and helping others to get fitter too, something that was very important to him  “A family man at heart, the tragic news has left the community in Blantyre stunned ” Donna Shaw wrote: “Met Alan many years ago at bootcamp. Such a nice guy. RIP Alan ”    In a statement, Alan’s work colleagues said: “We are still in shock at Alan’s sudden passing Alan was an integral part of the Blue Arrow family and managed our Glasgow team. “He was a great leader and a bundle of energy who made friends wherever he went  “He touched so many people’s lives and we’ll remember him as someone filled with love and laughter  “We have lost a great person, a brilliant colleague and most important of all a friend Our thoughts are with Alan’s husband and family during this very sad time.” Alan’s passing is the second tragedy to hit the McVey family  In 2003, Alan’s brother, Gordon Jnr., passed away due to a heart condition at the age of 23

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