Dec 12 2012 by Michael Pringle, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Andrew Bennett tributes
Tributes have been paid to a young dad who died after collapsing in the street.
Andrew Bennett was discovered slumped at the roadside near the Co-operative supermarket in Woodhall Street, Chapelhall.
The 36-year-old father-of-two was taken to Monklands Hospital where he tragically passed away.
The death has rocked the village and football shirts, floral tributes and cards mark the spot where he was found.
Gabe Smith, chairperson of Chapelhall Tenants and Residents Association, said Andy was well-known in Chapelhall and held in high regard.
He said: “He was a really nice man from a good family. He was a laddie who would never pass you in the street.
“The news has shocked everyone in the village.
“It is really sad that something like this has happened at this time of year.”
Messages from family and friends were left on cards and football shirts of both Rangers and Celtic near the spot where he collapsed.
A poignant message from his children read: “Bye Dad, we will miss you forever and ever. We had a lovely time so stay looking down at us. Lots of love Kaiden and Rachael.”
They also left a Rangers top in his memory with the message: “Daddy, love you always.”
While one of the Celtic jerseys read: “RIP mate, gonna miss you, Mowzer. Never be forgotten. Andy.”
Other messages read: “We miss you so much already but we will never forget your smile. Love you — Tam, Kelly, Logan,” and “You and I have been through so much together, Never forgotten cuz. Bobby.”
A number of tributes were also left online.
One on the Twitter website, said: “RIP Andy Bennett — A sad day in Chapelhall today. Taken far too soon. Thinking of your brothers, kids and family at this sad time.”
Another, from Paul Reynolds, said: “Had a very nice evening in the Swan [Swan Inn pub in Chapelhall] with the lads in honour of Andy Bennett and it was really busy.”