Tributes paid to teenage victim

Connor Cleave, left, with family friend David Sutherland
Connor Cleave, left, with family friend David Sutherland

A heartbroken Methilhill mum has paid tribute to her teenage son on the eve of his funeral, which takes place tomorrow (Thursday).

Connor Cleave (17) died at Simon Crescent on April 8 after an incident outside the family home.

A 22-year-old Leven man, Jamie Wishart, has since appeared in court charged with his murder.

“There are no words to describe the devastation in the family,” said Connor’s mum, Susan Cleave (43)

“But I won’t be able to grieve properly until I’ve put my son to rest. I have to do that for him first.”

Connor, the fifth eldest of ten children, moved to Methilhill from Kirkcaldy as a young boy and began his education at Methilhill Primary School.

Staff at the school sent Connor’s family a card of condolence which described him as a “handsome young man... who would brighten up anyone’s day with the cheeky smile of his.”

His sudden death has shocked the close-knit community.

The family have been inundated with cards and messages of support and, on the street, friends of Connor left their caps as a mark of respect, alongside flowers and teddy bears left by others.

Susan said: “I’ve not been able to read all the cards yet - I can’t without choking up - but I’d like to thank everybody for their kindness.”

She added that, as a younger teenager, it was fair to say Connor had gone off the rails for a time but he had always been a “a good boy” who was maturing into a fine young man.

In recent years, he had developed a love of fishing thanks to neighbour and family friend, David Sutherland (pictured with Connor), and that had given him a new focus.

“Connor was no angel and had got into trouble, but he had turned his life around,” said Susan.

“He had his girlfriend, Nadine, his dog, Baillie, and his house and had passed all his tests for the army and was going to join when he turned 18.

“He was a happy go-lucky boy who was always trying to make other people smile. He was full of banter and it was contagious.”

She added: “His pals often turned to him for advice and after Connor died they told me he was their “mature friend”. That makes me feel so proud of him.”

Connor’s funeral takes place at Methilmill Cemetery at 1.30 p.m. to which all family and friends are respectfully invited.