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Grieving mum pays tribute to ‘best son’ as 16-year-old dies of asthma attack

A heartbroken East Kilbride mum has paid a glowing tribute to her 16-year-old son who tragically died following an asthma attack.

Jack Woods, a former pupil of Duncanrig Secondary, passed away suddenly last Tuesday, November 23.

The college student, from Greenhills, suffered from a lung condition that saw him spend most of his young life in and out of hospitals.

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Tributes have flooded in for the popular Rangers fan who had ‘the biggest heart of gold’ and the ‘kindest soul’.

Leading the tributes this week, his devastated mum Fiona Pentland remembered the ‘best son’ in a heartfelt post online.

She wrote: “He was truly loved by everyone, me and all the family. Thank you all so much. Words can’t express how much this means to me, he was the best son, brother, cousin, uncle and grandson, I really can’t thank you all enough.”

Jack was a pupil at Duncanrig Secondary School, but left at the end of the last academic year.

Paying tribute to the former pupil, headteacher Lyndsay McRoberts told Lanarkshire Live : “The Duncanrig community was devastated to learn of Jack’s passing.

“Jack was a happy and popular young person and a very valued member of our school.

“He left in May this year to study at college where he was enjoying a new challenge.

“His teachers and friends across the school are deeply saddened by his loss and our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

A Gofundme page has since been set up to help the family pay for funeral costs which has to date raised £3000.

The fundraising page described the teen as the ‘heart and soul’ of the whole family.

It reads: “On Tuesday, November 23, Jack Woods suddenly passed away at the young age of 16 due to an asthma attack.

“Jack has been in and out of hospitals all his life with his asthma and dealt with it all so very well, as a kid he couldn’t run around like other boys his age so he took interest in computers and loved to watch football his heart was with the Glasgow Rangers.

“Jack was the kindest soul you could ever have met. He was everyone’s favourite and had the biggest heart of gold.”

“His passing was so unexpected and with it being so close to Christmas no one was prepared for this mentally or financially.

“Jack’s mum Fiona Pentland works in a care home for the elderly and has three other daughters and two grandchildren.

“I hope that in these sad circumstances we can all come together and donate towards giving Jack the send off he deserves.

“On behalf of the family I would like to thank anyone who could contribute even just a little towards helping with the cost.

“This little boy was so special and so very much loved and this happening has left a million broken and shattered hearts.

“Thank you to anyone who can donate.”

Several tributes have been left underneath the touching post.

One person wrote: “Love you Jack. Hope you get the send off you deserve. Doesn’t get any easier as days go by going to be missed by so many fly high bro love you always.

“Going to miss our wee trips to KFC after college and all the laughs we’ve had throughout the years.

“Let’s not forget playing football a few years back in front of your gran’s house.. we have some great memories together Fly high, GBNF, Always in our hearts.”

Another person said: “I am so sorry for this devastating loss. Sending so much love to the whole family.”

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