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  • 4 December 2013, 11:03

Glasgow Helicopter Crash Victim 'Best Dad Ever'

The 15-year-old son of one of the victims of the helicopter crash in a Glasgow has described his father as "the best dad you could ever ask for".

Mark O'Prey, 44, was among nine people who died when a police helicopter crashed through the roof of the Clutha Vaults pub on Friday night. His family have been told he died instantly.

Surrounded by close family, his teenage son, Liam, paid tribute to his father, telling Sky News: "He was more of my best friend than my dad and he just showed me the right path ... I'm going to miss him terribly.

"I always loved him. I didn't tell him that enough."

The family had an agonising three-day wait before Mr O'Prey could be formally identified. The bodies of all nine victims have now been released to their families who now have to plan their funerals.

Liam spoke movingly of the moment he was told by police that his father was among the victims. "I went to see him ... I was sitting in the room with him and it was just like he was sleeping and I just wanted to wake him up but he was cold. I just wanted him to wake up."

Mr O'Prey never married, but his family say he had hundreds of friends.

His sister, Barbara Todd, told Sky News: "He loved his music, he loved his friends, he loved his boy. There are just so many people out there who I know loved my brother. He's just a darling.

"I'm just so privileged to have been his sister and I've just got so many memories. I'm going to miss him so much."

Mr O'Prey's father, Ian O'Prey, choked back tears as he spoke of the plans the family are now making for the funeral, saying: "He was a one-off son, he'll never be replaced. For this to happen to him, no parent expects this at all.

"Don't make too many plans in this life, love the people you've got, because you don't have them for long."

The wreckage of the helicopter has now been brought to an accident investigation base in Farnborough for examination.