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.
Such a sad day for Coatbridge….
The man, the legend who created champions of the scheme and at the top of the world of boxing, Rab Bannan has sadly passed away!
Trained my boy and my brother in law, told me to stick to knocking drug dealers out! pic.twitter.com/yy5RTOLQkl
— John Wason (@Lanwindowclean) July 30, 2020
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.
Sad day for coatbridge.. RIP to the legend rab bannan.. helped so many people in the local community over the years at boxing… he will never be forgotten for what he has done and made boxers achieve 👏🏼 💚🙏🏽 god bless you rab pic.twitter.com/P7VvgiWgxL
— Brian Ellis (@bru_bhoy88) July 30, 2020
“He was a massive figure in the community and did so much for the young boys and girls of our community.
Sad day for the boxing community. RIP Rab Bannan. He trained me quite a few times when I went to the fitness club in Langloan. He was always down to earth and some laugh. Told me to punch like he just called me a cow 😂 RIP Legend 🖤 pic.twitter.com/3wFoc1c7Tv
— Higgy (@WattyNoDaeThat) July 30, 2020
“Please say a prayer for the family at such a sad time.”
Sad to hear of the passing of Rab Bannan Scotland and Boxing has lost a true legend of the sport !! Thoughts and prayers are with Rabs Family at this time !! RIP Rab God Bless 🙏🥊 pic.twitter.com/uxDuX3eq31
— Scott Harrison (@Iamscotharrison) July 30, 2020
Tributes poured in for Rab from across North Lanarkshire and beyond as hundreds paid tribute to the “Coatbridge legend”.
The influence this man has had on my life i cant put into words 😢 Rab Bannan the greatest man iv ever known 💔 My Amego 👊🏻 i will never forget u 👊🏻 pic.twitter.com/nRRWTBki5e
— s p a r k y (@mdocherty88) July 30, 2020
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.