TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-loved dad and fanatical Morton supporter who has tragically passed away at the age of just 48.
Jim MacVicar, from Gourock, died on Saturday evening while on his way home from the Ton's match against Raith Rovers in Kirkcaldy.
The father of four took ill suddenly and his death has left his family devastated, along with his many friends in the Inverclyde area and much further afield.
As well as being a lifelong Ton supporter who was convenor of the Albert Hotel Morton Supporters, the travel club he'd served for over a decade, Jim was also a passionate follower of both Sheffield United and Scotland.
He travelled all over the world following the national side as convener of Gourock Tartan Army bus and was also a regular down south to cheer on the Blades at Brammall Lane.
Jim was a very well-known and hugely popular figure amongst the Morton support who not only travelled the length and breadth of the country cheering on the Ton but helped out at Cappielow in a number of voluntary roles too.
He was also a regular in the Tele ahead of big matches, including last November when the Gourock Tartan Army set off to travel to Wembley for the game against England.
Such was Jim's popularity that fellow fans have raised more than £7,000 over the last couple of days to help pay for his funeral and support his heartbroken family, wife Gillian and daughters Kayleigh, 21, Chelsea-Ann, 16, Cara, 13, and Lauren, 12.
Speaking on behalf of Jim's family, his sister-in-law Leonie Arlow said: "Jim was extremely popular within the football community but we didn't think the fundraising campaign would have been as successful as it has been - it's been overwhelming.
"Jim was the kind of person who would go out of his way to help you.
"Gillian used to joke that he would be late picking her up from work because he was driving everybody else home.
"That's how he was, he would go out his way to help everybody and that's why the fundraising has been so successful.
"Jim helped people so much - he would give you the last penny in his pocket."
Morton will pay tribute to Jim at Cappielow this weekend with a minute's applause celebrating his life and that of community coach Kris Juszczak who passed away a fortnight ago.
Sheffield United will also honour him prior to their match against Chesterfield on April 30 when the players will receive the League One championship trophy.
Leonie said: "He was really loved in the football circuit and loved his teams.
"Jim rarely missed a match.
"My sister is overwhelmed by the love he's getting.
"Thank-you to everyone for contributing - the support has been amazing."
Jim is survived by Gillian, his daughters Kayleigh, Chelsea-Ann, Cara, and Lauren, parents Elizabeth and James, brother Joe and sister Jacqueline.
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