A loving father and husband
David McCallum, 35, was a devoted dad to his six-year-old son Leo and a loving husband to his wife Kirsty. He was also a popular and respected member of his community in Glenrothes, Fife. He worked as a plumber and was known for his kindness and generosity. He was passionate about football and supported Rangers FC.
On February 9, 2024, David was involved in a fatal car accident on the A92 near Cowdenbeath. He was driving his Ford Focus when he collided with a Mercedes Sprinter van. He was pronounced dead at the scene, while the van driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
David’s family and friends are heartbroken by his sudden and tragic death. They have described him as a “wonderful man” who “lived for his family”. They have also set up a fundraiser to help his wife and son cope with the loss and cover the funeral costs.
A tragic coincidence
David’s death was a shocking coincidence as he had lost his father in a similar way six years ago. His dad, John McCallum, 58, was also a plumber and a Rangers fan. He died in a head-on collision on the A92 near Lochgelly on February 9, 2018. He was driving his Vauxhall Astra when he crashed into a Ford Transit van. He was also pronounced dead at the scene, while the van driver was injured.
David’s family and friends have said that the date and the circumstances of his death are “unbelievable” and “cruel”. They have also said that David and his dad had a “special bond” and that they are now “together again”.
A community in mourning
David’s death has left a huge void in the lives of his family and friends, as well as in the wider community of Glenrothes. His wife Kirsty has said that he was her “soulmate” and that she is “lost without him”. She has also thanked everyone who has supported her and her son during this difficult time. She has said that Leo is “the spitting image of his dad” and that he is “coping amazingly”.
David’s friends have also paid tribute to him, saying that he was a “great guy” who was always “up for a laugh”. They have shared their memories of him, such as playing football together, going on holidays together, and watching Rangers games together. They have also said that he was a “fantastic dad” who “adored his son”.
David’s colleagues have also expressed their sadness and condolences, saying that he was a “hard-working” and “reliable” plumber who was “well-liked” by his customers and co-workers. They have said that he will be “missed” by everyone who knew him.
A legacy of love
David’s family and friends have said that they want to honour his memory and celebrate his life. They have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral and to support his wife and son. The page has already raised over £10,000 in less than a week, surpassing the original target of £5,000. The page has also received hundreds of messages of sympathy and solidarity from people who knew David or were touched by his story.
The page says: “David was a wonderful man who lived for his family. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. He was taken from us too soon in a tragic accident. We are all devastated and heartbroken. We are raising money to help his wife Kirsty and his son Leo, who he adored, through this difficult time. Any donations, no matter how small, are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your kindness and support.”
The page also says that David’s funeral will be held on February 23, 2024 at Kirkcaldy Crematorium. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, only a limited number of people will be able to attend in person, but the service will be live-streamed online for those who wish to pay their respects. The page also asks people to wear blue or Rangers colours to honour David’s passion for football.
David’s family and friends have said that they are “overwhelmed” by the “incredible” response to the fundraiser and the “lovely” words from the public. They have said that they are “grateful” for the “amazing” support and that they hope that David’s legacy of love will live on.