TRIBUTES have been paid to a Linwood man who died fighting for justice after the murder of his son.

Michael McClelland passed away this weekend after being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2019.

His son Craig was killed by James Wright in 2017 in Paisley, after he had illegally removed his tag and defied a home detention curfew five months before.

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His family called for a public inquiry into how Wright had evaded capture and been able to kill the father-of-three, as well as examining lessons which could be learned.

Renfrewshire politicians were among those to offer their condolences to Michael’s family and friends.

Neil Bibby, Labour MSP for West Scotland, told our sister title, The Gazette: "This is incredibly sad news and my thoughts and condolences are with all of Michael’s family at this time.

"I met Michael on several occasions and was always inspired by his courage and dignity in coping with the devastating loss of his son in such tragic circumstances and the way he bravely fought his subsequent illness.

"Michael was thoughtful and generous with his time and a had desire to help other people in the community.

"He was good company, warm, humorous with a sharp wit. It was privilege to know him.”

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The tragic news was also shared on social media by Old Ranfurly Golf Course, in Bridge of Weir, who described Michael as a much-loved member of the club.

A spokesperson said: "A friend to many at the club, Michael followed in the footsteps of his brother Paul, joining the club slightly later in life. 

"The ‘9am crew’ quickly took him under their wing, which was where he would go on to play most of his golf. 

"His personality was infectious, and his ability to tell a joke and light up a room was fail-safe. 

"A genuinely caring and funny man, and a face and voice we will sorely miss in the clubhouse. 

"We would like to pass on our condolences to all of his family."