Rab Bannan Death – Dead: Rab Bannan Obituary, Cause of Death

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Rab Bannan Death – Dead: Rab Bannan Obituary, Cause of Death

Coatbridge community stalwart Rab Bannan became a local legend for his efforts over the decades to help youngsters from the town.

Rab helped to keep kids on the straight and narrow by the discipline instilled at The Barn boxing club.

Rab, who set three-time world champion Ricky Burns on the road to stardom, was recognised for his tireless work at the boxing club with the BBC Sport Unsung Hero award in 2015.

A statement shared by the Bannan Fitness Club on their Facebook page read: “It’s with great sadness I have to announce that Rab passed.

“He was a massive figure in the community and did so much for the young boys and girls of our community.

“Please say a prayer for the family at such a sad time.”

Tributes poured in for Rab from across North Lanarkshire and beyond as hundreds paid tribute to the “Coatbridge legend”.

Members from Glasgow City Boxing Club stated: “Rab was one of the most well known and respected faces of Scottish Boxing.

“A man who had such a positive impact on anyone who walked into the famous Barn ABC.

“He will be sadly missed by the entire boxing community.”

Bellshill boxer Scott Harrison wrote: “Sad to hear of the passing of Rab Bannan. Scotland and Boxing has lost a true legend of the sport.

Former Celtic player Tony Watt was among those to pay tribute to Rab

“Thoughts and prayers are with Rabs Family (sic) at this time. RIP Rab God Bless.”

Motherwell player Tony Watt wrote: “Rest in Peace Rab Bannan.

“Huge statue should be made in his honour for the work he’s done in coatbridge. A true legend of the town.”

Coatbridge football club Albion Rovers wrote: “Albion Rovers are saddened to learn of the passing of a Coatbridge legend Rab Bannan.

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