An Ayrshire woman has said her boyfriend showed her what “true love actually is” as she paid tribute to him following his sudden death at the weekend.
Kilmarnock dad Daryl McWilliam passed away in a Blackpool hotel on Saturday leaving friends and family devastated.
The 23-year-old, described as the “most amazing” person, took his own life, his heartbroken partner has confirmed.
Natalie Mcleod posted on Facebook: “My boyfriend Daryl Mcwilliam sadly has taken his own life.
“I did everything possible could to help him but it just wasn’t enough. I’m totally heartbroken but still can’t quite get my head over the fact I’ll never get to see him again.
“You were the most amazing person I have ever known, you showed me what true love actually is. I will always love you Daryl.
“I really wish I had gotten more time with you and got to do everything we planned on.
“You never failed to make me smile whenever I felt down and I can’t think you enough for how happy you made me.”
The much-loved Kilmarnock dad leaves behind his young daughter.
Daryl recently secured his dream job with Kilmaurs engineering firm A&L Mechanical Installations.
Natalie added: “I was so proud of you on how far you came since I met you. You finally got your dream job and was smashing it like you did with everything in life.
“We were looking to get our own house and starting our family together but he was obviously really struggling with things and I wish a knew more so I could have helped.
“He was taken away from us far too soon. He’s gone but definitely will never be forgotten.
“Daryl I just want you to know I love you and I hope to do you proud. Until we meet again my handsome.”
One friend posted: “You were some boy but was always a great laugh with you mate, can’t believe you’re no longer with us mate. Thoughts go out to the family and close ones. RIP Daryl McWilliam you will be missed by millions.”
Another mourner said: “RIP Daryl McWilliam you were some boy!
“So many memories from back in the day. Hope you are at peace now, thinking of all your family and those closest to you. Taken far too young. Fly high angel.”
A fundraiser has been organized to help pay for Daryl’s funeral.
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And kindhearted friends and family have raised almost £2000 so far.
To contribute to the fundraiser, visit here.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.