THE FAMILY of a young Burntisland dad who died in the town on Saturday have spoken of their devastating loss.
The parents of Barry McLean (27) have been struggling to come to terms with his death at the weekend, which followed an alleged incident at a flat in Abbots View.
A man has appeared in court accused of his murder.
Along with his parents Alan and Petrina, he leaves behind his partner Jennifer, baby son Connor, sister Lisa and brother Craig.
In a statement issued to the Press by police, Alan and Petrina McLean described their eldest son as “a charasmatic, lovely family man.”
They said: “Barry was exceptionally close to his parents, brother and sister and was a devoted partner and father.
“He was an outgoing and
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hard working lad with strong family values. He will be deeply missed as a son, grandson, brother, nephew, partner, father and friend.”
Mr McLean, who was a former Balwearie High pupil and worked as an electrician for Fife Council, was well-known in the town and people who knew him have described the tragedy as ‘heartbreaking and devastating’.
Dr James More, headteacher at Balwearie High, said: “Every time we lose a former pupil it is a very sad time for the school. Barry was a typical lad who got into one or two scrapes at school, but he is remembered for being a very likeable boy and he was very polite.”
Friends of the 27-year-old have also been paying tribute on Facebook.
Gordon Pratt from Burntisland said: “You’ll always be missed and never forgotten”; Billy Hoggins, also from the town, wrote: “We all loved Baz. He was just a genuine top lad. He will be missed by us all. Thoughts go out to all his family.”
Workmate Ryan Guild said: “Barry was a one in a million guy. He would always have a smile on his face and would do anything to help others.”
Another local added: “This has shaken the whole town up.”
On Monday night neighbours also spoke of their shock. One said: “My sister saw the whole thing. She was interview by police this afternoon. There was quite a commotion.”
Another said: “It was quite a shock to see the police cordon the next day and to hear about what had happened. You don’t expect to hear that happening in your neighbourhood. It’s just so tragic.”