Tributes paid to much-loved school janitor

Andrew 'Drew' Young, late janitor of Nethermains Primary School.
Andrew 'Drew' Young, late janitor of Nethermains Primary School.

Tributes have been paid to a much-loved school janitor who gave almost two decades of service to Nethermains Primary School in Denny.

Andrew Young, known as Drew, passed away aged 52 on September 12 at Strathcarron Hospice following a long illness.

He joined the staff at Nethermains in 1996 after formerly working at Asda.

He was described as a well-liked member of staff by head teacher Mary Connolly, who said: “Drew was a huge asset to the school. He always went above and beyond in his work and was very popular with pupils.

“The whole school is very upset at his passing.”

Born in Pleasance Gardens, Falkirk, in 1961, Mr Young, a former pupil of St Mungo’s High School, grew up in Camelon but had latterly been living in Denny.

He was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in November 2012, but continued to work at Nethermains until the summer holidays this year.

His funeral cortege stopped outside the school last Thursday, where it was given a round of applause by pupils and parents.

He leaves a partner, Ann O’Neill, and two adult children, Donna and Andrew.