An “amazing” Dundee hockey star died holding his mum’s hand after a battle with cancer.
Outgoing and energetic Marc Leggatt was a mainstay of hockey in the city from the age of seven, playing field, roller and ice hockey, representing teams around the country including the Dundee Ducks, Glenrothes Grizzlies and the Dundee Tigers.
He died at his Kirkton home last week. He was just 27 years old.
The former Baldragon Academy pupil sought medical help when he felt unwell after collapsing. Doctors then found he was suffering from stage four cancer, which had begun in his bile duct and spread to his liver.
Marc, part of the Grizzlies team which was crowned British champions, was known on the ice for his slick skating skills and powerful slap-shot.
His family paid tribute to the “full of beans” hockey player who “never stopped smiling — right up until the end”.
Mum Alison said: “At the end I was losing a little piece of him every day. He never gave up. He just focused on what was working on. That was the way he had always been. He was always the life and soul of the party.”
Marc’s sister Natasha added: “He was so outgoing and so energetic.
“It was such a shock but it was really quick and he was holding hands with my mum at home. That is what he wanted — it was painless.”
Marc was hospitalised in December with doctors saying he had weeks to live. But he managed to fight back and enjoy a final Christmas and new year surrounded by his loved ones, including the “doting uncy’s” nephew Ethan.
Alison added: “Marc said: ‘I am going home for Christmas’ and that is what he did — he wouldn’t give up.”
When Marc was first diagnosed, a fundraising drive was launched by close friend Niomi McDermott, which raised more than £6,000.
Alison said the support Marc was shown gave her strength adding that the money will be to fund therapies and treatments.
A fundraising night set up by Sheree Birse, another close friend, helped pay for treatments, including cannabis oil and The Budwig diet.
Alongside hockey, Marc was an accomplished fisherman, skier, snowboarder and mountain biker.
He was also a fan of cars, dance music and attending raves.
Throughout Marc’s time in hospital, his family said that he raised spirits of staff and other patients, even joking that he would become a porter or a doctor in the future.
Alison thanked all the staff members who treated Marc, in particular Dr Caitlin, Dr Vincent and Nurse Peter.
A celebration of Marc’s life will take place at the Invercarse Hotel on January 29 at 1pm, with a service at Birkhill Cemetery following.
As per his wishes, Marc’s family have asked people to wear glamorous clothing for the event.