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Pat from Gorebridge passes away as judo stars strike gold

Scott Cusack,  Pat Cusack and Billy Cusack at the 2012 Olympics in London

Scott Cusack, Pat Cusack and Billy Cusack at the 2012 Olympics in London

Scotland’s judo stars were inspired to Commonwealth Games glory by a Gorebridge man who died as their medal haul began.

Pat Cusack – father of judo legend Billy – passed away aged 75 last Friday after a brave fight against crippling illness.

The former joiner was a hugely popular figure among the team – who are coached by Billy Cusack. Members of the team had visited Pat just a week before at his Gore Avenue home on their last day off before ‘lockdown’ in Glasgow.

His daughter Lorraine Cusack-Brown (43) revealed that their six gold, two silver and five bronze medals have helped the family cope with its loss.

She said: “It’s amazing, it means a lot to me and the family. And it’s comforting to know that what they achieved would have made my dad very happy.

“He passed away in the middle of it and didn’t know the results.

“A few came to visit the weekend before they were in lockdown as they knew how ill he had been.

“My dad was delighted they had taken their only day off to come out to see him. They were there for a good two or three hours.

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