Minute’s silence for road crash victim

Richard Logg pictured with wife Lorraine and sons Rory and Thomas. Picture: contributed

Richard Logg pictured with wife Lorraine and sons Rory and Thomas. Picture: contributed

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the father of a motorist who died in a Boxing Day road crash has told how the family has been overwhelmed by the tributes to his “beautiful son”.

A minute’s silence was held at Murrayfield last night in memory of Richard Logg, 37, who died of his injuries two days after he lost control of his BMW car when a freak hailstorm hit on the M77.

The Edinburgh Northern FC player, from South Queensferry, was driving to Ayr with wife Lorraine and boys Rory, three, and Thomas, six months, when the accident happened in treacherous conditions near Kilmarnock.

His father, Bill Logg, said Richard, who grew up playing for his native Ayr before moving to the Capital nine years ago, would have been honoured by the gesture at the clash between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

“He would be absolutely gobsmacked,” he said.

“Richard wasn’t a celebrity, he wasn’t an international player, he was just a guy that liked playing rugby and a lot of people knew that. They asked Lorraine if she wanted to go, but it was too much for her, it’s too soon. But the whole family was touched by the gesture.”

Richard’s wife, Lorraine, a skating instructor at Murrayfield Ice Rink, suffered a fractured vertebrae and punctured lung in the accident, with both children escaping serious injury. Inquiries into the tragic accident are ongoing.

In a touching tribute, the minister that married the couple at a service in Fettes College five years ago where Richard had been a housekeeping manager, offered to conduct the funeral service.

Bill, a driving instructor, said the outpouring of grief in both Ayr and Edinburgh had been a comfort to the family.

“We’ve had people coming to the door and cards from people who we haven’t spoken to or seen for 15 years, offering their support,” he said.

“I think his uncle summed it up the other day when he was here when he said that whenever Richard spoke to you, it always made you feel special. He was such a family-centred person, both when he was growing up and in these later years.

“I’m still expecting him to walk through the door.

“What was really hard is when we went to the house the other day, the first time since he’d passed away. I still expected him to be at the door with his eldest son and say ‘Hi dad, how are you doing?’

“He was bringing his boys up the way we brought him and his brother up. We’ve just got to try and help bring them up the way Richard would have wanted and leave a nice legacy.

“We had him for 37 years and we enjoyed every minute of it. We’re just taking it day by day. He’ll always be in our thoughts and in our hearts.”

Jason Thompson, captain of Edinburgh Northern FC who Richard played for as a Number 8, said he was a towering figure in the dressing room.

“He was incredibly gentle for someone so big,” said Mr Thompson.

“Richard was so comforting whenever anybody needed it. He always gave great advice in terms of rugby. He will be very badly missed.”

Richard is survived by wife Lorraine, sons Rory and Thomas, mother Greta, father Bill and brother Michael.

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