Denny’s David was held by his brother as he died

David was just 22 when he tragically died
David was just 22 when he tragically died

A mum has paid tribute to her son and best friend who died in a tragic forklift accident.

David-Allan Westwater was just 22 years old when he died at his place of work in Coatbridge.

His brother Callum (18), who worked beside him, held him as he passed away following the accident.

This week his devastated mum Elaine Smith said she had not only lost her first-born son, but also her best friend.

David, known as Westy, from Denny also had a brother Kai (10) and little sister Ciarra (8). A passionate football fan, he coached a youth squad at Central Rio Football Club and was a season ticket holder at Ibrox.

Elaine (40) said: “David just lived for his family.

“His family and Stephanie, his girlfriend of eight years, came first for him and then it was his wee boys at the football club.

“I had David quite young and as he grew up we were best friends as well as mother and son. I just can’t believe he has gone.”

David coached the 1999 squad at Central Rio, who attended his funeral in their strips and left notes in his coffin.

Bill Hall, who also coached the team, said he was irreplaceable.

“They always say the good ones die young and nothing could be truer in David’s case.

“He was one in a million, such a young guy but so committed to the football team and the local community. Just the Saturday before he died he was bag-packing to raise funds and after every game he would spend an hour dropping all the kids off home.

“We are all devastated, there won’t be another like him.”

A talented football player in his own right, the former Nethermains Primary and Denny High pupil played for Hearts and Hibs youth teams and began coaching at Central Rio when he was just 18.

David’s family, including girlfriend Stephanie Ogilvie, have organised a fundraising night at 7 p.m. on Sunday in the Masonic Hall in Denny to add to the £1070 collected at the funeral for Central Rio.

Elaine, who works at the Wheelhouse restaurant, said: “He would have wanted any money to go to his boys. He was always thinking about others. Now, knowing we are doing something he would have wanted is what is getting me through this.”

If you would like to donate contact Elaine on 07919 897202.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding David’s death has begun.