Glowing tributes have flooded in for a Kilmarnock music teacher after he was killed in a horrendous car crash last week.
Gary Patterson was one of two people to die in a horrific three-vehicle smash on Thursday.
The 65-year-old's wife, Miriam, 62, was also a passenger in the blue BMW 4 series along with the couple's 35-year-old daughter, Catherine, who was understood to have been driving the car.
Miriam, who is also well know for in the town for being a science teacher at Grange Academy, was also seriously injured in the crash. Medics at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow described her condition as 'critical' while Catherine was 'stable' at Crosshouse Hospital.
A black Volkswagen Sirocco and a silver Vauxhall Mokka were also involved in the collision near Patna on the A713 with the 35-year-old driver of the Volkswagen was also pronounced dead at the scene.
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The 48-year-old driver of the Vauxhall and her 22-year-old male passenger were both taken to Ayr Hospital. The 22-year-old man was released after treatment. Hospital staff describe the woman’s condition as stable.
This week, the Scottish Brass Band Association said the musical community was 'reeling' from the tragic news of Gary's death.
The organisation said that the Northern Ireland born grandfather had close associations with several brass bands in Ayrshire.
Gary played front row cornet with Dalmellington Band at the same time as his brother Noel was on solo horn. Their father was president of the band in the late 1970s.
Miriam was a flugel horn player with Dunaskin Doon Band when she met Gary and he later had the distinction of conducting the band to a winning contest performance in the 2nd section at the Carnegie Contest in Fife in April 1990.
The band’s honorary president, Angus Cochrane, expressed his sadness and described Gary as being a “gentleman at all times”.
Gary was also musical director of Irvine and Dreghorn for a while and he conducted Kilmarnock Concert Brass immediately prior to the appointment of current MD Scott Walker.
Scott said: “This is just terrible. He was such a great guy. I hope Miriam and Catherine are able to make a full recovery.”
A statement from the Patterson family on Facebook described Gary as their 'hero'.
The statement read: "I would like to thank everyone for their kind words of support and expressions of condolence following the tragic accident on Thursday, which took the life of our father, Gary.
"He was an incredibly loving and devoted husband, father and papa and a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend.
"It is clear that, over the course of his teaching career, he made such a positive and lasting impression on everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.
"The focus is now on our mother, Miriam. She has responded well to her hospital treatment so far, in the first steps of her long journey to recovery, and we will be with her every step of the way.
"We, as a family, request some privacy over the coming weeks and months as we try to process our emotions, attempt to rebuild our lives and face a future without our hero; our much loved dad and papa."
On Saturday, police appealed for more information as they try to establish exactly what happened and want motorists with dash-cam footage to come forward.
Sergeant Ian Thornton of the road policing unit in Ayrshire, said: "Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the men who died in the crash.
"Enquiries are continuing to establish the full circumstances surrounding this collision and I would urge anyone who may have witnessed the crash, or observed the vehicles beforehand, to please contact us as soon as possible.
"I'd also like to hear from motorists with dash-cams who were travelling on the A713 on Thursday afternoon as their footage could be of significance to our investigation.
"Anyone with information should call Police Scotland on 101, quoting reference number 2664 of 22 July."
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