A fundraising page has been set up in memory of a Cumnock man who passed away last week after a ‘short but determined’ battle with cancer, with all funds raised going towards the Cumnock district nursing team who cared for him in his final weeks.

Ronnie Boid, 75, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, October 4.

To thank the district nurses for their irreplaceable support, Ronnie’s daughter, Jilly Burns, has set up a justgiving page with all donations going towards helping the team purchase and maintain medical equipment, as well as any other needs.

Cumnock Chronicle:

Jilly said: “My dad was so well cared for by Cumnock district nurses. I was completely overwhelmed by their kindness and professionalism and he was too.

“One particular nurse, Heather, was here most often and she just walked him through the whole illness. He was totally determined he was going to fight it because that’s the kind of guy he was.

“They were so respectful of his wishes. He never wanted to down tools and give into it but they helped him keep going.

“They couldn’t have given him a more dignified end.”

Cumnock Chronicle:

An ex-PE teacher, having taught at Greenwood and then Dalmellington Academy, Ronnie also had a passion for rugby.

Jilly continued: “He was a very good rugby player and nearly made the Scotland squad. He wasn’t capped but he played alongside guys in the 60s that were.

“He also coached Cumnock Rugby Club through to the National League last time they got through.

“On a Friday, he met with the 5 o’clock club, which was eight of his pals sat propped up at the club bar. He loved going there, he loved his pals and he loved Cumnock.”

Cumnock Chronicle:

Jilly hopes the fundraiser will reach its £750 target so others can benefit from the “absolutely tremendous” work carried out by the district nurses.

She added: “I cannot tell you how amazing these women are. I know my dad appreciated them. They played a great role in letting him live his last days. ”

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