Tributes pour in for ‘gentle giant’ ladies rugby coach Steve Burns

Tributes are being paid to a mild big of the beginner rugby teaching world who died immediately.

Steve Burns suffered a deadly coronary heart assault at his Murray residence on April 1, aged 53.

The previous East Kilbride Rugby participant was well-known and revered each north and south of the border as a volunteer coach with golf equipment GHA Rugby Membership, Garioch Women Rugby and most lately Lincoln Women Rugby Membership.

Steve, who labored as a civil engineer, is survived by his beloved spouse of 29 years, Janice, who prolonged her because of the paramedics who battled to resuscitate him.

In addition to tributes from his rugby associates, his household have obtained heartfelt letters of condolence from colleagues he labored with on tasks in Aberdeen, The Forth Street Bridge and the brand new Lincoln Bypass.

Steve’s heartbroken mum Patricia led the tributes, saying: “He was my boy and I’m so pleased with him, I cherished him to bits. He put a lot effort into his work and his rugby, it’s simply tragic.

“Everybody within the household has been drastically moved by the tributes and letters obtained from his work colleagues plus the rugby women from Aberdeen Gareloch, GHA Glasgow and the Lincoln Women rugby workforce.”

The Lincoln Women coach was fashionable and effectively revered throughout beginner rugby

Lincoln Women completed the season in second place and devoted their improbable achievement to Steve whose larger-than-life presence, they mentioned, can be missed by all of the gamers and workers on the membership.

Paying tribute on-line the membership posted: “It’s with the deepest disappointment that Lincoln Women Rugby informs you of the latest lack of our pricey pal and coach Steve Burns.

“Steve has been a part of the Lincoln household for the final two seasons and has been a key a part of Lincoln Rugby Membership since beginning work on the brand new bypass.

“We’re solely unhappy you didn’t get to see how your effort and time helped us get to second within the league.

“No tiddlywinks for us anymore, relaxation in peace our pal.”

Giffnock-based GHA flew their flag at half mast in honour of the fallen coach.

His heartbroken household have obtained lots of of heartfelt messages of condolence

The membership mentioned: “It’s with nice disappointment that we announce the sudden and tragic demise of Stevie Burns.

“Stevie was an enormous character on the membership each within the Glasgow Southern days after which within the GHA days. He was an important advocate of girls’s rugby and efficiently coached the women groups at our membership and varied others together with Garioch and Lincoln. Stevie additionally coached the GHA beneath 18 workforce that included future XV captain Andrew Goudie.

“Membership president Brian Tracey was a detailed pal of Steve and mentioned: ‘It’s devastating information to lose such an enormous character as Stevie. He was somebody who at all times spoke his thoughts and will seem tough and prepared however he had a deep information of rugby and was at all times keen to share this with anybody. As a pal I couldn’t have requested for a greater individual. The membership is a poorer place with out him and I’ll miss his torrent of pleasant insults.’

“The membership wish to lengthen its deepest sympathies to Stevie’s spouse at this unhappy time.”

Steve was a former pupil of St Hilary’s Major and St Bride’s Excessive Faculty. He began with a civil engineering firm as a labourer earlier than learning to grow to be a well being and security officer.

He labored with Mowlem and Carrilion civil engineering firms on tasks such because the Aberdeen Bypass and the brand new Queensferry Bridge. He was then promoted to well being and security supervisor for Galliford Strive on the Lincoln Bypass.

Steve was laid to relaxation at South Lanarkshire Crematorium on Thursday, April 16.

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